Angela Merkel urges Germans to stand up to hatred as she bids farewell to office

Angela Merkel urges Germans to stand up to hatred as she bids farewell to office

Angela Merkel urges Germans to stand up to hatred as she bids farewell to office

The Independent says Angela Merkel has urged Germans to shun hatred ahead of her farewell speech at the Grand Tattoo marking an end to her 16-years in office.

The ceremonial send-off for her in Berlin on Thursday was populated by Germany’s political elite, except for the far-right Alternative for Germany, who were not included on the guest list.

Mrs Merkel remains caretaker chancellor until her successor, the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, is sworn in next week.

She said in a speech in advance of the ceremony: “Our democracy also lives from the fact that wherever hatred and violence are seen as a legitimate means of pursuing one’s interests, our tolerance as democrats has to find its limit.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/merkel-urges-germans-to-shun-hatred-as-she-bids-farewell-to-office-b1968922.html


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