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what do you wish someone else for their 30th birthday? You can find a multitude of recommendations on the Internet, for example the following: « Instead of complaining about getting older, be proud that you have mastered this world for three decades with flying colors! We are proud of you and wish you a little more serenity, optimism and a good mood for your 30th birthday ». Our private message to our son Martin will be similar. He celebrates his « 30 » on October 17th. Born in Bonn, he now lives in Berlin. He is, so to speak, a child of German unity, he never lived to see the division of Germany.
On October 3rd, we will celebrate 30 years of German unity. Within a generation we have succeeded in overcoming the divisions and creating something new. The financial costs were immense, but it was worth it. The « solidarity contribution », the 5.5% supplement to income and corporation tax levied since 1991, has reminded German taxpayers every month that the unit Germany was not to be had for free.
During these days we also remember with gratitude that the « German Unity » project received international support, especially from our friends in North America. Historians and political scientists will certainly look back and balance debits and credits. I look forward to hearing from Canadian analysts. On October 2nd there will be the opportunity to participate in a webinar that our embassy in Ottawa organized on the occasion of the Peter Mansbridge, and Canada's former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, have among others agreed to attend. In 1989 Mansbridge reported live from Berlin about the fall of the Berlin Wall for CBC.
I still remember my time as a press officer at the German Embassy in Ottawa from 1991-1995. The interest in Germany was extremely high at the time, and the demand for German courses was high as well. A massive piece of the Berlin Wall was set up in the Conference Center in Ottawa in memory of the « 2 + 4 Talks » agreed on the sidelines of the « Open Skies Conference » in Ottawa in 1990. I have fond memories of my first four years in Canada in every way.
Germany has mastered the diverse challenges of the past 30 years well. So one can congratulate and we can - in all modesty - also be a little proud and look ahead with confidence.
Dr Klaus Schmidt
Consul General Dr. jur. Klaus Schmidt
Born November 27, 1956 in Würzburg
Married, two children
|1976 - 1981|
|1981||1st State Exam|
|1981 - 1984||Practical Training|
|1984||2nd State Exam|
|1991||PhD (Dr. jur. utriusque)|
|1985 - 2003|
Press and Information Office
Assignments and Entry to the Foreign Office
|1987 - 1988|
|1991 - 1995|
Head of Press and Information Department, Visa and Consular Section
|2003 - 2005|
Head of Division K 01
|2005 - 2008|
|2008 - 2011|
Head of Division 603 and 608
Head of Cultural Section
|2012 - 2015|
Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Economic Section
|2015 - 2018|
German Consulate General Chengdu, China