Tuesday, October 5, 2010

'Integration Is the Second German Unification'

In his speech in honor of the 20th anniversary of the reunification of East and West Germany, President Christian Wulff spoke of the need for a second process of German unity: this time with foreigners living inside the country. Editorialists at the country's leading papers praise the president, but some say he could have been more courageous.

Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of German reunification, and President Christian Wulff used the opportunity to make his case for the better integration of foreigners in the once-divided country. It was Wulff's first major speech since taking office in the mostly ceremonial post last June, and there was a lot riding for him on its success.

Wulff has made several missteps in the past few months, such as taking a luxury vacation at the mansion of his businessman friend Carsten Maschmeyer on the Spanish island of Mallorca, and having his morning bread delivered to Berlin from a bakery in Hanover.

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,721119,00.html

Source photo: www.bundespraesident.de Foto: Jesco Denzel, Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung

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