Germany and other carriers don’t have the same traffic rights because its carriers were never interested in flying to those African destinations, not because African countries want to limit European air connections. The mere suggestion is bizarre: most African countries have no local carrier flying to Europe, why would they want to limit connectivity?
Name me one European airline that wanted to fly to an African destination but couldn’t because of a traffic right issue.
Moreover many traffic rights to Africa that do exist are unused because Africa is still very much an underdeveloped continent with little economic appeal.
This is a bizarre take.
Africa has some of the highest yield routes. The only reason you do not see as much traffic is that:
1. Africa does not have the capital Europe/Asia/Americas have. There is a good reason why this remains the case either through internal political issues/corruption and/or outside meddling that means that these nations are always fighting so that the post colonial plunder can continue. High interest rates and management teams stealing the hell out of airlines is what makes these airlines not compete.
2. There is still some sense when it comes to money. None of this negative/zero interest rate regime we see in Japan and Europe, soon to be the USA. None of these artificially low rates to prop up economies that should have gone into recession a long time ago.
3. There is a lot of protectionism at play when it comes to Africa. Look at how few open skies agreements exist, or how they charge differently when it comes to state owned airlines and privately owned airlines even within the continent. You might want to see how many frequencies Emirates/Qatar are doing to South Africa/Kenya/Nigeria before you talk about how little economic appeal exists in the continent. Or look at some of the fares that the European airlines are charging.