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Ceremony to mark the Day of German Unity

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the ceremony to mark the Day of German Unity: "I believe that what we call home is all about the future – not about the past. Home is a place that we as a society must first create. Home is a place where 'we' takes on meaning. A democratic society needs, and Germany needs, a place like this. A place that connects us by bridging all of the walls that we build in our lives."

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Arraiolos Group meeting in Malta

On 14 and 15 September, Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier was in Malta for this year’s Arraiolos Group meeting of non executive EU Presidents. This year, the Presidents of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia were focusing on two themes: "Reclaiming Social Europe" and "Managing Security Challenges in the Euro Mediterranean Area".

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Visit to the Czech Republic

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Czech Republic on September 12th. At a luncheon hosted by President Zeman in Prague he said: "2017 is a special year in German Czech relations. We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Treaty on Good Neighbourliness. And 20 years have passed since the ground breaking German Czech Declaration"

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Dinner hosted by the President of Lithuania

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a dinner hosted by the President of the Republic of Lithuania on 24 August: "It has to be said that our readiness to defend does not mean that we are not willing to engage in dialogue with Russia. It is good that our joint policy in NATO is based on both pillars."

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