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Official visit to Ukraine

The Federal President visited Ukraine from 29 to 30 May 2018. In Kyiv, he first held talks with President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Groysman. The talks were focussed on the state of play of reforms in Ukraine. Later on, the Federal President gave a speech to students at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. On the second day of his visit, he met pupils and teachers of German in Kyiv and students and lecturers of German Studies in Lviv, thus also marking the tenth anniversary of the initiative "Schools: Partners for the Future".

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Official visit to the Netherlands

The Federal President and Elke Büdenbender visited the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 15 and 16 May 2018. Steinmeier was received by King Willem-Alexander and held talks with representatives of both parliamentary chambers as well as the Prime Minister. Furthermore, the Federal President and Elke Büdenbender visited the University of Technology and a start up centre in Delft. In Amsterdam, integration and urban development were a prominent feature of the second day of their visit.

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Panel discussion at the University of Fribourg

The Federal President held a speech at the University of Fribourg on the occasion of the state visit to Switzerland on 26 April: "There is no doubt that democracy is a tiring system of government, as it is based on compromise and not all power is held by a "strong man". Democracy guarantees every citizen liberties, but also demands that they take on a certain amount of responsibility. That is why I call it a system of government for the brave-hearted."

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