March 27, 2012

NO ONE ASSOCIATES FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY WITH FRANCE:

German president: Poland is 'Europe's land of freedom' (Deutsche Welle, 3/27/12)

German President Joachim Gauck has praised Poland as "Europe's land of freedom" during a trip to Poland. Gauck broke with tradition by choosing the Eastern neighbor instead of France for his first trip abroad. [...]

The fight against dictatorships in the past as well as the fight for democracy today united the two countries, Gauck said.

Gauck, who arrived with his partner Julia Schadt in Warsaw on Monday evening, chose Poland for his first trip to stress the importance of German-Polish relations.

"Our peaceful revolution in the former East Germany was only possible because our Polish neighbors showed that it was possible to fight for freedom," Gauck, himself a former anti-Communist activist in East Germany, told Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza ahead of the visit.

"It is this admirable story of freedom and democracy that I associate with Poland," said the president.

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