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Steinmeier: lack of a voice means a standstill

talk More to each other - the Federal President, Steinmeier for the citizens ' wishes. In his Christmas address, he also stressed that democracy in the Federal Republic was strong. Millions of Germans ensured.

Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned of the lack of a voice in society. Democracy need political contention and compromise: "The ability to compromise is the strength of democracy," said the President of the Confederation, in its preliminary spread Christmas speech.

"I have the impression that we Germans always have to talk less to each other," lamented the head of the state: "And even more rarely do we listen to each other." Especially in the social media was gifted", since the noise and the daily outrage".

more and more people would prefer to be back among their own kind, in their own bubble of Perception, in which all agree to be - also, who am one of them. "Only so much we are annoyed with others, or you wish away us all, shall also apply in the morning, We all belong to this country, regardless of origin or skin color, of life, or favorite team," said the Federal President.


scuffle", "What happens when societies are drifting apart, if a page with the other barely can talk without the sparks fly, as we see in the world around us," said Steinmeier: "We have witnessed the burning barricades in Paris, the depth of the political divisions in the United States, in great Britain before the Brexit, tear samples for Europe in Hungary, Italy and elsewhere."

Steinmeier urged to seek confrontations aware of: "Talk to people who are not of their opinion!" It was also his intent for the coming year. The company should stay with you in the conversation.

"We have to re-learn, to argue, without foaming at the mouth, and learn our differences to endure. Who has the dispute, can get back together. We know of Christmas with the family. But who can't talk and not listen, comes closer to solutions. Speechlessness is at a standstill."

In his meetings in the country he is told that the democracy is strong, so Steinmeier.

confidence and Optimism

Steinmeier stressed that the democracy in Germany was strong. He's know as the Federal President every day: "millions of people ensure. You make sure of that. Many of them engage in the neighborhood, in Clubs or in the city Council. In the main, an honorary title. Even now, just by the way: in hospitals or police stations, the fire Department or in an old people's home, and abroad." He would like to thank all especially welcome which contributed to the Christmas eve service.

"make us strong! Our democracy is only as strong as we make them. It builds to the fact that we say our opinion, for our interests to argue. And it exposes us to the constant danger that the other might be right." Finally, he said: "we trust this country! It is our country, it is our democracy." For the new year he wished them all personally Confidence.

Steinmeier: "We have confidence", 24.12.2017 Atlas |Germany |Berlin

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