Namibia, Solidarity and Germany

In the first installment of the interview Reinhart Kößler speaks about the history of solidarity activism with the liberation struggles of Southern Africa in the former West Germany. He draws partly on his personal experience as an activist. In the second installment, Heike Becker and Reinhart Kößler discuss issues of solidarity and critique of liberation movements in power, with special emphasis on the SWAPO in Namibia. Taking the discussion beyond Namibia, the interview addresses ideas of ‘liberation’ and ‘national identity’.

The interview has been published by German periodical Africa Süd: first installment and second installment.

A slightly shorter English version of the interview was published earlier by Review of African Political Economy.