German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned his countrymen of difficult times due to the fallout from the war in Ukraine, in a speech aimed at evoking a spirit of resistance.
“Tougher years, tough years are coming,” Steinmeier warned, adding that until February 24 the country enjoyed a “favorable wind” after the end of the Cold War-related blockade.
“The peace dividend has been exhausted. “An era of headwinds is beginning for Germany,” the president emphasized.
He said Germany can now harness its accumulated strength and power, citing its economic weight, research prowess, successful companies, efficient state and the large and strong core of its society. “We need a spirit of resistance and endurance, a strong army and Germany’s duty to contribute to the defense of Europe.”