Celebrations for German Unity Day begin in central Germany

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The celebrations for the 31st German Unity Day began on Sunday in the central city of Halle with a joint religious service including Christians, Jews and Muslims. Among others, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel took part in the service in St Paul’s Church in the city that was in East Germany when the nation was divided. Afterwards, a ceremony was planned in the Georg Friedrich Handel Hall, a concert venue dedicated to the composer who was born in the city in 1685. Merkel was expected to speak at this ceremony in one of her last public addresses as chancellor. The c…

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