Merkel calls for commitment to democracy on German Unity Day

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a continued commitment to democracy 31 years after German unification. “Democracy is not just there. We have to work for it together again and again, every day,” the conservative politician said at the ceremony marking the 31st Day of German Unity in the central city of Halle on Sunday. Sometimes, she feared, democratic achievements were being treated too lightly. These days, she said, we are seeing more and more attacks on such noble values as freedom of the press. We are witnessing a public that is stirring up resentment and hatred with lies and disinf…

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