Leider ist in der Europäischen Union wieder eine Rhetorik des Ausschließens in Mode gekommen. Europa ist ein Kontinent des „UND“, und nicht des „Entweder/Oder“. - Unfortunately, the rhetoric of exclusion is fashinable again in the European Union. Europe is the continent of ‘and’, and not of ‘either/or’. -- Alexander Van der Bellen, Speech before the European Parliament Plenary, 17 February 2017.
Alexander Van der Bellen
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-02-26
As an 11year-old boy at the indoor swimming pool, standing on the three-metre diving board for the first time did not make me happy. But children standing there for the first time know they have to jump if they want to make progress. They know they have to jump. But they don’t know what this jump will feel like and what exactly will happen after the jump. And yet, in most cases, they dare to take this step forward. I also did it back then. And I also jumped off the five-metre diving board Why? Because confidence is stronger than doubt… Today I call upon your confidence! -- President Alexander Van der Bellen, Inauguration speech, 26 January 2017
Alexander Van der Bellen
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-01-29
I stand here feeling a bit unreal. Not because of the long election campaign – for the most part, it was quite enjoyable. And I stand here today with great joy and confidence! You are looking at a refugee child. Born in Vienna, I fled with my parents to the Kaunertal in Tyrol. And now I stand before you as your Federal President. This is a particular honour and pleasure for me. -- President Alexander Van der Bellen, Inauguration speech, 26 January 2017.
Alexander Van der Bellen
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-01-29