Head of the intelligence office for North Africa and the Middle East within the BND, Isabel Werenfels has been responsible, since taking office, to study Germany’s relations with the Maghreb countries. However, during the last years and particularly since the multiplication of the diplomatic victories of the Kingdom in the Sahara affair, it has given much attention to Morocco, insisting in various reports on the need to “limit its ambitions”.
Most recent, the report of the “Bundesnachrichtendienst” in which it would have indicated that the alliance between Rabat and Tel Aviv is a “powerful shock” not only for Germany, but for the whole European Union, “because it represents a threat to its interests and a direct threat to itself in the short and medium term ”. The argument that the author would have advanced is that North Africa is for Europe a fertile area to sell its products and a door giving access to the immense African market, neglecting from the outset that Africa ‘today is not that of yesterday and that the policies of its countries revolve around the promotion of common interests and the establishment of win-win solidarity partnerships, which are not limited to Europe.
“The Israeli-Moroccan agreement will exhaust us (Editor’s note: Germany); especially since for the mining markets, for which we have defined a strategy since 2019 when we had concluded an agreement with several of our companies to operate in Africa, and we were certain that they would clearly begin to penetrate this large market in 2020 “, she would have underlined, before adding that the Covid-19 pandemic would have delayed this project that Berlin had planned and carefully thought out, trade relations with Africa” being still very weak “.
In addition, Isabel Werenfels, who obtained her doctorate in Algeria and who does not hide her weakness for this country (As evidenced by her old bio on Twitter which she deleted after the controversy of SWP: “Has a very weak spot for Algeria ”), would have suggested access to Africa via Algeria, arguing that Rabat would not be enthusiastic about entering into a partnership with Berlin. She would have said that Algiers offers Germany “all the privileges and facilities in the economic and even political field”. “The entry of an economic power like Israel in partnership with an emerging power like Morocco will not even leave us space for expansion in a region rich in minerals that German industry needs, because our action does not ‘is not operated with the required speed, ” she reportedly continued.
The report in question would also provide elements that could be directly linked to the Moroccan-German crisis. Until now, the reasons revealed by the media concerned the treacherous and hostile attitude towards the territorial integrity of Morocco. Added to this is the fact that Berlin was the first country to stand up against the American recognition of the Moroccan character of the Sahara by not having hesitated to call for a meeting of the Security Council the day after Trump’s decision, without forget the exclusion of Morocco from the Berlin Conference on Libya. However, by reviewing the alleged Werenfels report, German hostility would be much more serious.
While browsing the documents in the archives of the German secret services, the author would have found that the latter attempted “to create many complex problems for Morocco, and to stop its activities in many parts of Africa to the detriment of its enemies and traditional competitors in the region ”.
The effective control of the BDN on many industrial sectors in Africa, would have played, according to the same source, an important role in the disruption of the march of Moroccan companies and their development in West Africa and in many African regions. , as well as their political lobbying, with the aim of harming Morocco’s interests and weakening it in the region. According to words attributed to Werenfels and which so far have neither been confirmed nor denied, the plan which would have cost German taxpayers a lot of money has not only failed, but has given rise to « A new Turkey in the western Mediterranean. ».
Spain complains about the Abrahamic accords!
According to the said report, Spain is dissatisfied with American support for Morocco, « especially after the Abrahamic accords« , noting that a cold snap was noticed between Washington and Madrid, which resulted in the transfer. many American soldiers from the Spanish bases to the Italian bases.
That said, the same source specifies that the volcano that lies dormant between Madrid and Rabat would threaten to explode, noting that Berlin can only be a staunch supporter of Madrid. Regarding the two occupied cities of Sebta and Mellila, the author would have indicated that the reports of the German services note that these “two cities are subjected to a terrible Moroccan siege and that we must help them financially and economically, because they are an integral part of Europe and constitute strategic outlets not only for Madrid, but even for the European Union ”. The two cities “are on the verge of collapse,” said the author, calling on the government (Editor’s note: German) to work for global support for Spain.
This report, about which we will undoubtedly know more in the days to come, and which adds to the very controversial study of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) – which as a reminder urged the EU to “put into perspective the hegemonic ambitions of the Morocco ” while promoting cooperation with Algiers and Tunis – would confirm, on the one hand, the hostile position of Isabel Werenfels and, on the other hand, explain the reasons for the crisis between Morocco and Germany, whose authorities no longer show respect for the institutions and integrity of the Kingdom. We should therefore not be surprised to see diplomatic coldness continue in the future, because Morocco no longer accepts being held down.