Merkel calls for commitment to democracy

On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, the German chancellor called for a continued commitment to democracy: "Democracy is not just there. We have to work for it."

Angela Merkel
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Halle (dpa) - On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a continued commitment to democracy. "Democracy is not just there. We have to work for it together again and again, every day," the CDU politician said at Sunday's ceremony in Halle an der Saale. 

Merkel said that democratic achievements are sometimes treated too lightly. These days, she said, we are seeing more and more attacks on such high values as freedom of the press. We are witnessing a public sphere in which resentment and hatred are being stirred up with lies and disinformation. "Democracy is under attack," Merkel said, adding that social cohesion is being put to the test.

The chancellor also pointed to attacks on people who work for the common good, such as firefighters and local politicians. "The verbal brutalisation and radicalisation that we are seeing must not only be answered by those who fall victim to it, but must be rejected by everyone." Because verbal attacks all too quickly lead to violence.

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