June 20, 2021

Frank-Walter Steinmeier: ‘Right now democracy needs us!’

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germans need to remember the democratic values that unite them, Germany’s president stressed in his annual Christmas address.

The year 2019 marked three decades since a grassroots democracy movement toppled the Berlin Wall and the repressive East German regime that had built it.

But it also saw an avowed white supremacist kill two in the eastern German city of Halle after failing to gain entry into a synagogue to carry out a massacre on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

With such confounding social currents coursing through German society, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on Germans in his annual Christmas address to embrace heated debate, but to not succumb to the forces of racism and anti-Semitism that seek to undermine the democratic progress of the past three decades.

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