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Beyond peace, there is no longer any existence possible.
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Disarmament requires trust.
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Everywhere, authority and tradition have to justify themselves in the face of questions.
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I appeal to the responsibility of the blocs and the major powers, not to seek security in the arms race, but rather in a meeting for joint disarmament and arms limitations.
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I have left the federal government and the German Bundestag; I have resigned from all my positions in the Social Democratic Party of Germany.
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I know that I am at one with the German people, the German Bundestag, and the federal government in the will to peace.
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I understand the indignation about the sluggishness of human society, which also extends deep into the churches.
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In this life of ours we remain directed toward the relative utopia of a better world, and sensibly this can be the only model for our action.
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Insecurity and resignation mingle with the hope for a better order.
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Ladies and gentlemen, I take office at a time in which the world is living in extreme contradictions.
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Ladies and gentlemen, on the occasion of my election I received many letters from people representing all segments of the population and all professions, especially from the younger generation, linking my inauguration with great - far too great - expectations.
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Liberal democracy must finally become the vital element of our society.
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Mankind is on the verge of walking on the moon, and yet it still has not driven war and hunger and injustice from this earth.
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Mankind lays more claim to maturity than ever before, and yet it still has no answer to an abundance of questions.
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Not less, but more democracy - that is the demand, that is the great goal that we have to prescribe for ourselves, and especially for our youth.
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One of our most noble political tasks is to open up trust.
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Some fatherlands are difficult. Germany is one of them. But it is our fatherland. Here is where we live and work.
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The first thing I see is the obligation to serve peace.
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The secret of big and revolutionary actions also consists in discovering the tiny step that is simultaneously a strategic step, insofar as it entails additional steps in the direction of a better reality.
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The time has come - and must come - for multilateral conversations about a secure peace in all of Europe.
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Therefore it does not help to sneer at the imperfection of today's reality or to preach absolutes as a daily agenda.
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Therefore, all of us are called upon to realize, with increasing effort, the demands of the Basic Law for extending social democracy.
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Trust cannot be commanded; and yet it is also correct that the only one who earns trust is the one who is prepared to grant trust.
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Twenty-four years after the Second World War, we still face the task of reaching an understanding with our eastern neighbors.
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War is not the quintessential emergency in which man has to prove himself, as my generation learned at its school desks in the days of the Kaiser; rather, peace is the emergency in which we all have to prove ourselves.
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We have to develop ourselves within an achievement-, promotion- and education-oriented society in which the vision of freedom for all can be realized by having everyone receive his concrete and personal opportunity.
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We have to recognize that the freedom of the individual has to be protected not only from the power of the state, but even more so from economic and societal power.
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What - I ask - will become of the individual's space for free existence? His share of the mechanism for producing and consuming keeps getting ever more untraceable, ever more impersonal, ever more alienated.
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