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New Year reception for the Diplomatic Corps

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a speech at the New Year reception for the Diplomatic Corps on 11 January: "On my travels both in Germany and abroad, I have seen again and again the polarisation of many societies, growing irreconcilability between political opponents and increasing distance between social groups. The pressures of globalisation and the changed culture of debate in the digital age are putting our societies’ internal cohesion to the test."

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Christmas message 2017

Christmas message 2017 by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 25 December: "We can overcome the sense of powerlessness and alienation, on both a large and small scale, if we take action as a community. If we stop calling on others to be responsible and start to realise that responsibility begins with us. By assuming responsibility, also for others, like millions of volunteers across Germany do, we can feel truly at home in this country."

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Memorial ceremony at Breitscheidplatz

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a speech at the memorial ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the terror attack at Breitscheidplatz on 19 December: "We cannot grasp the depth of your suffering and we can only imagine your pain. And yet there is no doubt that very many people in Berlin, Germany and around the world share in your grief."

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State visit to the Republic of The Gambia

Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier visited the Republic of The Gambia from 13 to 14 December. The talks with Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia, focussed on migration and reconciliation issues. The Federal President also met representatives of civil society and non governmental organisations as well as so called returnees.

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