THE GERMAN AFFAIR
THE EMIR HH SHEIKH TAMIM BIN HAMAD AL THANI'S visit to Germany this month was significant in many ways. Speaking for the first time on the labour issues concerning migrant workers, he said that “there have been errors and problems, and we don't say we are an ideal state that makes no mistakes”. He also pointed out that “we have tackled a lot and have initiated many changes ...and we are working seriously on improving this situation”. He reiterated Qatar's staunch stance against terror and that it “has never and will never support terror organisations”. This follows a German minister's televised interview a few weeks ago where he stated that Qatar was involved in funding ISIS. After talks with the Emir, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she has “no reason to doubt Qatar's commitment to fighting Islamic State”. The visit is expected to deepen economic ties between the two countries especially in the energy sector, which has become a concern for Europe due to the turmoil in Ukraine.