Chapter 1.1

Cooperation based on values and interests

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Our cooperation with Africa is based on values and guided by common interests.

Human dignity shall be inviolable.
Article 1, paragraph 1, first sentence of the German Basic Law (German constitution)

This principle applies to all people, also in Africa. It is a fundamental belief rooted in part in our tradition of Christian values and in Europe's humanist heritage. It means that there is a moral obligation to defend human rights, freedom, solidarity, the rule of law and the integrity of creation.

A Marshall Plan with Africa also symbolises achievement and mutual respect. It is guided by the interests of Africa and Europe. In the long term and as neighbours, we can either prosper together or suffer together.

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