BERLIN - Merkel: Courage in the face of COVID-19 as during the fall of the East German regime

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel today called on Germans to show the same courage in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic as during the fall of the East German regime, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of reunification.

"We know that today we must once again have the courage to take new paths because of the COVID-19 pandemic," said the Conservative leader in Potsdam, where the ceremonies were held.

"It took a lot of courage for people in the former East Germany to take to the streets and launch the peaceful revolution in the autumn of 1989," she added.

Less than a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 30 years ago, on November 9, 1989, Germany was reunited.

October 3 is Germany's national holiday.

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