Beatrix full of praise for Germany
9 October 2007, THE HAGUE - Queen Beatrix was full of praise for modern day Germany at the Palace Noordeinde in The Hague on Monday during her speech to honour the state visit of German president Horst Köhler.
9 October 2007
THE HAGUE - Queen Beatrix was full of praise for modern day Germany at the Palace Noordeinde in The Hague on Monday during her speech to honour the state visit of German president Horst Köhler.
The queen looked back on Germany's recent EU presidency. "Your actions succeeded in giving the member states a prospect once again of further, balanced progress, which gives confidence in the future of the Union. The Federal Republic thereby convincingly filled the role that naturally falls to a great centrally situated country. After all your country is economically and geographically – and psychologically – in the heart of Europe. It is in all our best interests that this heart continues to beat for Europe. "
Only with this regained power will the Union be able to address the major cross-border problems with which it is faced, Beatrix said. "We can add the issue of the integration of minorities to that. Our countries must continue to make efforts to let the reception of new population groups go hand in hand with openness and respect for the differences between us. A realistic approach is necessary here."
She also praised Germany for its "leading role" in the fight against poverty in the world and in its efforts towards sustainability. "Your country devotes a great deal of attention and money to the development and application of new technologies that make wind, hydrogen and sunlight into new, clean sources of energy. Thanks to a stimulating policy the Federal Republic is a leader in Europe in this regard."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
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