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Award of the Fulbright prize : Merkel: Global Prosperity is national Prosperity

Where Angela Merkel is in this months international, is floating an idea of a farewell in the room. Davos 2019 was your last visit to the world economic forum, the Munich security conference last as Chancellor? But goodbye doesn't always mean exit; it can also end with a climb. On Monday evening, she was honored with the "J. William Fulbright"prize for international understanding. The largest academic exchange organization of the earth pointed out that four of your price got carrier later also the Nobel prize: Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and Martti Ahtisaari. Merkel will be the Next? She was already, on several occasions as a candidate for the Nobel peace prize in an interview.

collaboration as a lesson from the horrors of history

The Chancellor took in your speech, once more, why she enjoys such a great international respect. In times in which many governments are of a narrow national perspective to guide, to summon the international co-operation and willingness to compromise. "Multilateralism was a response to the horrors of the first half of the 20th century. Century. This teaching remains for me," she said. "The international challenges of reading in the national go-it-alone can not cope, it is my firm Conviction. I would ask the house to recognize in a global common good also the national common good. For the global common good, is, to do something for the national welfare."

you referred to US Senator Fulbright, who had founded the encounter program. "Fulbright believed right after a terrible world war, through encounter, understanding, and trust." Merkel suggested that States could promote encounter, but you might not require. "You need people who have the courage to learn foreign languages and to other countries." Such experiences have shaped a lifetime.

"encounter, is a culture of performance,"

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"If you're somewhere else," continued the Chancellor with these thoughts, "you can't maintain his prejudices so easily, we all know that." Every encounter is a connection in the network of international relations. To promote this exchange, would also be "a cultural performance". Americans and Germans could have put this teaching again and again. Directly after the war, the Fulbright program have means "hope for a country that was politically, economically and morally on the ground." Former opponents of the war would have Confidence in Germany. Over 46,000 scholarships have awarded Fulbright to Germans and Americans. Today studied thousands of foreign students in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Germany wool and will take on more responsibility. "This is reflected in increasing expenditure on defence and development assistance." Also the EU is such a doctrine from history. "She's the best order we ever had on our continent. We have to cope with setbacks. The decision of the citizens of great Britain out of the EU, is for me a setback." The more "we must strive to be a close relationship to maintain."

Europe is sometimes awkward

This Europe is sometimes cumbersome, well-known to Merkel. "I know that in many all-night sessions in the search for compromises." But without compromise, it does not go well. This applies even in the family, because if you some could not even about the food, am not a dish on the table. "Only if a man is alone, he must make no compromises."

Merkel's conclusion: "Europe can only be as strong as it is agreed."

In the transatlantic relationship, give it time, "much to talk about". "We need a lot of encounter". The Fulbright program "is proving to be a blessing".

had Previously executed CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour in a Tomboy-a respectful cordiality, which has an international Nimbus Merkel: "first female, first Easterner, the first scientist in the Chancellery". For 14 years she was "the international face of Germany." And "an Inspiration to hundreds of millions of women and men".

"I was a young would-be correspondent, when the wall fell, and could not make it back to Berlin," regretted Amanpour. They have, however, followed, as Germany understood its role in Europe: Kohl and Mitterrand at the graves in Verdun; German troops helped in the liberation of Kosovo. Impressed you have also the cordial relationship of Germans to the United States, and their deep gratitude to America.

Amanpour: Merkel holds Germany and the United States together

Angela Merkel hold together even in difficult times, the Alliance with the United States, praised Amanpour. It is the closest relationship was to have Germany to outside the EU. It was not, however, unconditionally, and reminded the CNN correspondent, in the presence of the US Ambassador Richard Grenell. Merkel reminded Donald Trump to the common values. And had the courage to leave many of the migrants to Germany. "I know from my own experience: people run away from home, just because you want a Mercedes or a Siemens washing machine," said the journalist. Therefore, the Fulbright-prize Committee is right to Merkel's "remarkable, compassionate leadership" praise be to strength.

Stirred said Merkel about the choreography of the ceremony on the Pariser Platz near the Brandenburg gate. Manuel Pauser, a young man from her constituency in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, had reported from his experience as a Fulbright scholar. It does not put academic achievements to the centre, but the human imprint. "Anyone who wants to understand what America is, needs to be danced in a Jazz Club in Mississippi, a wedding in Kansas experienced at a harvest festival in Idaho have participated."

Opera singer Renee Fleming, "whose music I guess so", as Merkel well-known, praised the leadership of the Chancellor. Fleming had been on a Fulbright scholarship in Germany.

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A formulation of their academic disciplines, mathematics and physics, did not want to share the Chancellor: "International understanding is sufficient, but necessary for a good life together." Sometimes you have to fight. On 9. In November 2019 the fall of the wall will be 30. Time years, Merkel said. "The Brandenburg gate was closed for decades and is now open for 30 years: a Symbol of freedom and a reminder that America has fought for this freedom."

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