Steinmeier: Willing to accept “disadvantages that will really be felt”?

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for solidarity with Ukraine – even if it means disadvantages at home.  

Steinmeier: Bereit für „empfindliche Nachteile“?
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Paderborn (dpa) - Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for solidarity with Ukraine – even if it means there will be disadvantages at home in Germany. “The war that Putin is waging against Ukraine is also a war against the unity of Europe. We must not allow a wedge to be driven between us,” Steinmeier said on Sunday at the 500th Libori banquet in Paderborn. He said that we can only take a clear stance and be clear about our own responsibility “if we are prepared to defend these values, if we are prepared to stand up for their validity, and, yes, are also willing to accept tough disadvantages in exchange.” “Are we willing to do that?” he asked. “That’s the question we all face – both today and in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

The Libori festival dates back to the transfer of the bones of St Liborius, patron saint of the archdiocese of Paderborn, from Le Mans in France to Paderborn back in the ninth century. Steinmeier stated that Franco-German relations and Christianity were central to Europe. The latter’s strength, shared values, happiness and future depend “to a large extent on the partnership, indeed the friendship between Germany and France,” he said. The Libori festival is a mixture of church festivities and secular entertainment with a fair. It is one of the oldest and largest folk festivals in Germany and is taking place for the 500th time in 2022.