Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (13 November 2020) on Carola Lentz’s assumption of the office of President of the Goethe-Institut and on the official farewell for her predecessor, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann:
Over the past twelve years, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann left his mark on the Goethe-Institut. It is befitting that the end of his Presidency falls into Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union: Under his leadership, a strong commitment to Europe was the foundation on which the Goethe-Institut built its global success story. Carola Lentz succeeds him at a time when international cultural cooperation is called on more than ever to foster trust and understanding through active partnership between people and societies. We have a shared responsibility to ensure a bright future for international cultural relations.
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