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First official visit to the Slovak Republic

Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier will be paying his first official visit to the Slovak Republic on 17 November. He will meet Slovak President Andrej Kiska for political talks in Bratislava. Moreover, he will take part in a panel discussion in Žilina attended by civil society representatives and students entitled "The future of democracy in Europe" and visit an Orthodox synagogue.

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Opening of the museum Hartmannswillerkopf

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the opening of the Franco-German Museum Hartmannswillerkopf in France on 10 November 2017: "We are recalling something that each generation has to learn afresh for itself – to separate the concept of nation from the ideology of nationalism. We are remembering what happened, because we never again want to be led astray by nationalism – to repression at home and aggression towards others."

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State banquet in New Zealand

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a speech at a state banquet hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy on the occasion of his state visit to New Zealand on 6 November: "At this time, New Zealand and Germany should remember the many things they have in common. Our countries stand for freedom, democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Both are willing to take on responsibility in order to protect and strengthen these fragile achievements."

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At the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Australia

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a speech at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Perth on 4 November: "Free and fair trade cannot guarantee peace and prosperity, but it can bring people together across borders and counteract nationalism – because open trade makes us understand how much we need each other."

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