On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the semi-free elections in Poland on 4 June 1989, Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (4 June):
Today we celebrate together with our Polish friends, who 25 years ago took a courageous and important step towards democracy and freedom.
On this day we remember the Polish people’s overwhelming courage to gain freedom. Without this courage, the peaceful revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe – and also German and European unification – would not have been possible.
Poland has clearly become a real anchor of stability in Europe. I am pleased that Germany and Poland now enjoy the closest friendship we have had in centuries.