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“Solidarity with flood victims” and “climate action” among highlights of 2021 – Steinmeier

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From Germany’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic to climate change, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke at length about various topics in his pre-recorded Christmas address in Berlin, which was released on Saturday.

“When we look back at this year, we see many things that have worried us, and also many things that have scared us,” said President Steinmeier.

“At the same time, there was a lot this year that gives us hope: I think of the huge solidarity with the flood victims, of donations and, above all, a lot of active help. I think of the many – young and not so young – people who are committed to protecting the environment and the climate,” added the German President.

“My wife and I wish you and us tonight that it will remain a good Earth for all of us, that there will be a good future for all of us. Merry Christmas!” concluded Steinmeier.

Frank Walter Steinmeier is currently running for a second term as President of Germany. The federal presidential elections are planned to take place on February 13, 2022, during the federal convention in the Bundestag.

SOT, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German President (German): “When we look back at this year, we see many things that have worried us, and also many things that have scared us. We think of the terrible flood disaster in summer. We think of our soldiers who returned from Afghanistan, and also of the people who remained there in need and hunger. We are concerned about what we hear from many parts of our troubled world, especially from Eastern Europe.”

SOT, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German President (German): “At the same time, there was a lot this year that gives us hope: I think of the huge solidarity with the flood victims, of donations and, above all, a lot of active help. I think of the many – young and not so young – people who are committed to protecting the environment and the climate. And I think of all of you who have cast your vote in important elections, and of the manner in which democratic transition is made in mutual respect. Many people are now looking with curiosity, also with hope, for a new federal government that has big plans for our country.”

SOT, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German President (German): “More than ever we depend on each other – I depend on others and others on myself. Of course, there are also arguments. Of course there are uncertainties and fears and it is important to speak out about them. Nobody is prevented from doing this with us. What matters is how we talk about it – in the family, among friends, in public. We feel: after two years, frustration is spreading, irritation, alienation and unfortunately also open aggression. It’s true: in a democracy we don’t all have to agree. But please let us remember: We are one country! We must still be able to look each other in the eye after the pandemic. And we want to live together even after the pandemic.”

SOT, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German President (German): “Is freedom the loud protest against any regulation? Or doesn’t freedom sometimes also mean restricting myself in order to protect the freedom of others? What does responsibility mean? Do we just say: ‘Everyone has to decide for themselves’? Or does my decision not really affect many others? Freedom, trust, responsibility: we will have to come to an understanding about what that means – also in the future and on other major issues such as climate protection.”

SOT, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German President (German): “Dear compatriots, It was on Christmas more than fifty years ago that people circled the moon for the first time. The elders may still remember the pictures: Up there in space, at this moment of greatest human progress, it was there that our small, vulnerable earth became visible as never before. It was from here that all progress began – and on it we all live, with our worries and hopes, with our suffering and our happiness. At that time the three astronauts of Apollo 8 read the beginning of the biblical creation story and they decided on their Christmas story Message with the words: ‘God bless you all on the good earth.” Dear compatriots: My wife and I wish you and us tonight that it will remain the good earth for all of us, that there will be a good future for all of us. Merry Christmas!”

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