Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (23 December):
Congratulations on your 95th birthday!
For this very special occasion and for the coming year, I wish you health and happiness as well as a pleasant and enjoyable time with family and friends.
You served Germany as Federal Chancellor with success at a difficult time. Germans still well remember your crisis management during the flood disaster in Hamburg in 1962 as well as your statesmanlike handling of the German Autumn of 1977.
You are a great model for us all, for me personally above all due to your interest and engagement in world affairs and your strategic farsightedness.
I hope that we can count on your experience and advice for a long time to come.