Friday, 18 Jan 2019

German President calls for "democratic patriotism"

BERLIN – The German president calls on his compatriots to adopt an enlightened "democratic patriotism" and to reject the aggressive nationalism that romances the history of the country.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Friday that recognizing and remembering Germany's dark Nazi past should be seen as a strength and not a weakness.

Steinmeier's remarks were made in Parliament on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of a German republic after the First World War.

The November 9 ceremony also commemorates the 1938 Nazi pogrom against the Jews, known as the "Night of Broken Glass," and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, widely considered to end the cold war.

Steinmeier urged the Germans to reject those who sought to exclude minorities, in a gesture of the far-right Alternative Party for Germany.

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