A symbolic and productive visit to Germany on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Ljubljana, 8. 11. 2019 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is today paying a visit to Berlin. The visit comes on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In the morning, President Pahor met the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The two presidents, whose meeting was the fourth such meeting this year, discussed topical European and global issues, the state of democracy thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the future of the European Union after the recent elections to the European Parliament, highlighting the excellent relations and regular political dialogue between the two countries. President Pahor thanked President Steinmeier for today's talks, and President Steinmeier commended the Three Seas Initiative summit, which was held in June, thanking President Pahor, the host of the summit, for inviting him to the summit.

A symbolic and productive visit to Germany on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

With regard to topical European and international issues, the talks focused on the future of the European Union and the current challenges it faces. The two presidents discussed Brexit, the situation in the Western Balkans, the migration situation and the need for a common European response to the migration issue, and the security situation in Europe and the world. They emphasised the need for a strong, integrated and unified European Union, agreeing that the problems Europe is facing should be discussed and addressed in a public and inclusive debate. With regard to Brexit, the two presidents support the continued ambition to achieve an orderly Brexit and preserve the unity of the EU27 on this issue. They stressed that Slovenia and Germany both support EU enlargement to the Western Balkans, with clear expectations of the implementation of the necessary reforms and the fulfilment of all the criteria.

President Pahor and President Steinmeier also discussed the historic importance of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 30th anniversary of which is being celebrated this November. President Pahor presented the main message of his address entitled "The importance of the European idea for democratic change before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the relevance of the European idea to a common future", which he delivered later at a conference on the occasion of the 30th anniversary at the invitation of the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. He highlighted the fall of the Berlin Wall as one of the most inspiring historical milestones of the 20th century, one that symbolises the demand for freedom, integration, and association.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, President Pahor laid a wreath at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse, paying tribute to the victims of the Berlin Wall. He also visited the Memorial Museum and the Documentation Centre.

At the invitation of the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy, he also attended the conference on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, where he delivered an address on the importance of the events that took place in Europe 30 years ago and their impact on the common European future.

A symbolic and productive visit to Germany on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA