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Germany signs €3 bln in deals with Kazakhstan

The Local · 8 Feb 2012, 20:15

Published: 08 Feb 2012 20:15 GMT+01:00

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The raft of some 50 accords was inked during a visit to the German capital

by long-time Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the German Economy Ministry said without giving details.

"There's a big interest by German companies to invest more in Kazakhstan,"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after talks with the Kazakh leader, adding that trade ties could be further improved.

Trade between Germany and Kazakhstan jumped 20 percent last year to €6.3 billion, according to figures from the Federation of German Industry, which welcomed the partnership accords.

The Central Asian nation, rich in natural resources, is already an important supplier of oil to Germany and also possesses rare earths vital for everything from iPods to missiles.

However, Merkel denied Berlin was putting human rights concerns behind economic interests.

And Nazarbayev stressed on Wednesday that the Central Asian nation had already

notched up "a lot" in its democratic reforms after heavy criticism of recent


"I am of the opinion that what we have achieved is already a lot," he told reporters speaking through an interpreter after talks with Merkel.

Foreign monitors led by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe strongly criticised the resource-rich nation's January parliamentary elections.

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The poll, in which Nazarbayev's ruling Nur Otan party took nearly 81 percent of the vote, "did not meet fundamental principles of democratic elections", they concluded.

Asking "what do you want from us", Nazarbayev stressed here that three political parties were represented in the Kazakh parliament and 95 percent of the media was privately owned.

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21:50 February 8, 2012 by cheeba
The OSCE has plenty of work to do right at home rather than endlessly lecturing others about their policies. How about the gross violations of religion and peoples right to clothe themselves as they wish right here in th EU. Why can't a woman express herself by whearing her Burkha? Because of religous bigotry!
03:01 February 9, 2012 by pepsionice
Part of this deal involves the delivery of forty-four truckloads of Dickmanns (a cream marsh-mellow chocolate treat in Germany). That was the only way that the Stan guys would conclude the deal. Oh, and they asked for special discount Dickmanns prices....like President Wulff got for his truckload of Dickmanns.
09:47 February 9, 2012 by Bosporusanwohner
Hey Cheeba, Burkha a religious expression? You are the funniest fellow here! It is an expression of stone age thinking men subjugating, oppressing and terrorizing women as objects and not as treating them as human beings!!!!
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