Steinmeier, Kouchner sing for integration

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12 November 2007, Berlin (dpa) - The foreign ministers of Germany and France recorded a rhythm 'n' blues number on a German-Turkish label Monday in support of ethnic integration before a joint cabinet meeting of the two countries in Berlin. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner boasted later, "I didn't sing too badly for a minister." But Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier was more modest, saying, "We're not here to learn to sing but to show we can benefit from cultural richness." The recording of "Deutsc

12 November 2007

Berlin (dpa) - The foreign ministers of Germany and France recorded a rhythm 'n' blues number on a German-Turkish label Monday in support of ethnic integration before a joint cabinet meeting of the two countries in Berlin.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner boasted later, "I didn't sing too badly for a minister." But Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier was more modest, saying, "We're not here to learn to sing but to show we can benefit from cultural richness."

The recording of "Deutschland," with the aid of eight young Berlin Turks, showed "French-German relations could not be more harmonious or heartfelt," Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said in a briefing last week.

"One could almost speak of a world premiere," he added. The song is about integration and respecting other cultures, and mixes the rhythm 'n' blues style with a Turkish sound. The chorus begins, "Germany, why are you so aloof? Germany, be more upfront."

Jager said the recording would be available on YouTube and could be downloaded - free of charge - from the Foreign Ministry's website.

The ministers were joined by the German-Turkish singer Muhabbet and seven Turkish girls in the recording studio in the borough of Kreuzberg in inner Berlin.

It can be downloaded from Monday evening from the websites www.plakmusic.de and www.diplo.de.

The joint session, chaired by Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy, was the latest in a series of such events that have taken place roughly twice a year since 2003.

Cultural diversity and integration were also the topic of the joint cabinet session.

DPA

Subject: German news

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