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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear Colleagues! I was born in 1979 in Vogtland. As a ten-year-old child, I experienced the Peaceful Revolution and German unity. Plauen, the largest city in my homeland, was one of the most important historical scenes from 1989. Back then, courageous people took to the streets early in October for freedom of the press and expression, for free democratic elections and for freedom of travel. Siegmar Wolf was one of them. On October 7th, at the first major demonstration, he held up a poster with his demands for freedom from state power. It was people like him who made the change happen with their determination and courage.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the FDP and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

These people, dear colleagues, made a better life possible for us who were born late, and for that I am infinitely grateful.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the FDP and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

This great fortune, the successful revolution and the reunification of our fatherland have had a lasting impact on me. Maybe we were the last generation to say that about ourselves. So many great new opportunities: freedom, air to breathe. In the reunified Germany I was able to go through the formative years of my schooling free of ideology, and I could study whatever I wanted.

(Matthias W. Birkwald [DIE LINKE]: Another ideology is also an ideology!)

To be able to work here as a member of the Bundestag in the heart of democracy, to be freely elected, regularly fills me with joy and pride.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the FDP – Marian Wendt [CDU / CSU]: Us too!)

In the 1990s and 2000s, however, I was also able to see how challenging the transformation of a run-down planned economy into a market economy was, especially for the active generations. Many dreams fell through, many took much longer than hoped. Many people in my parents’ generation can hardly say that their individual balance sheet is positive, not because they think the GDR is so good, but because their path in the transformation was shaped by structural unemployment, low wages and existential fear. Back then, it took a lot of courage to get through this difficult transformation, to often reinvent your professional life. That can be seen more or less in all former Eastern Bloc countries. The West, the new, is not the cause of this; they are after-effects, after-effects of the communist decades.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP)

Dear colleagues, 30 years after German reunification, I would like to look to the future. What about the identity of young people today? I hear more and more from young people that they are tired of debates about the differences between East and West. An interview by the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft with the start-up entrepreneur Robert Hellmundt from Jena was titled: “East? West? These are just cardinal points ”. I think there is a lot in those six words. I am completely with Robert Hellmundt when he says that the East-West issue does not play a role in his 89 generation in everyday life. Thuringia is his home and he sees himself much more as a German and a European.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is not a question of drawing a line in this debate. It’s not about forgetting either; We are not allowed to. But today, 30 years after German unification, we also have to look increasingly ahead. The whole world is open to the younger generation from the start. We live in peace and freedom, in the heart of a united Europe, in a well-functioning democracy. Dear friends, this is a gift; But it is also an obligation at the same time, an obligation to get involved, to get involved, to move our country forward. I keep seeing young people – in Plauen, in the Vogtland, in Saxony, all over Germany – who do just that, who have clever ideas, who look positively ahead and who want to shape our country together.

What must politics do? We as politicians have to work so that the younger generation can continue to do this. We have to create good framework conditions, protect our environment, enable research, promote new technologies and jobs of the future, develop strong regions; because strong regions are the basis for identity formation and, and, and. There are so many exciting topics and so much potential to work for further improvements in our country.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP as well as from Franziska Gminder [AfD])

Dear colleagues, the courage that people had in 1989 and 1990 is needed again today. With the knowledge from history, we must be open to changes and work for a good future for Germany as a whole, firmly rooted in democracy, deepening the social market economy, further developing the European Union – these are our great tasks. The basis on which we can continue to build is now spread across Germany. 30 years of effort, 30 years of combined efforts have paid off. We have every reason to look optimistically into a good future together with great gratitude.

Many Thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the FDP as well as Franziska Gminder [AfD])


EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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