When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises.
I felt really sorry for Oliver Kahn. Up to that point he had made lots of saves for the German team. Of course he could have caught the ball but it just happened. It was bad luck. In that situation, you need to be very strong psychologically to carry on.
Nobody in Europe will be abandoned. Nobody in Europe will be excluded. Europe only succeeds if we work together.
Overcoming the Cold War required courage from the people of Central and Eastern Europe and what was then the German Democratic Republic, but it also required the steadfastness of Western partner over many decades when many had long lost hope of integration of the two Germanys and Europe.
The willingness to learn new skills is very high.
This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed.
Let me say this on a personal note. Without the United States of America, I would in all probably not be able to stand here before you today.
The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fats enough.
As politicians we have to react to the fact that many people do not feel that they can relate to the EU.
We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity - that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.
In the German football team players from different clubs need to get on with each other both on and off the pitch. In the grand coalition Christian Democrats and Social Democrats sit in the same boat and need to pull in the same direction.
From this experience we have learned that in a big party it is important to have the necessary and often controversial discussions on policy issues such as the health system while in opposition.
The euro is our common fate, and Europe is our common future.
I said, yet again, for Germany, Europe is not only indispensable, it is part and parcel of our identity. We've always said German unity, European unity and integration, that's two parts of one and the same coin. But we want, obviously, to boost our competitiveness.
Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn't the top priority.
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