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ZEI Discussion Paper C 257 / 2020

Ludger Kühnhardt: Richard von Weizsäcker (1920-2015). Momentaufnahmen und Denkwege eines europäischen Staatsmannes

ZEI Discussion Paper C 257 / 2020

Richard von Weizsäcker has had the strongest impact and gained the widest appreciation of all German Presidents since the beginning of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949. His honesty was key to understand his personality and the meaning of his words. He struggled to perfect each public word and gesture. Ludger Kühnhardt, today Director at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), was speechwriter for Richard von Weizsäcker between 1987 and 1989. At the occasion of the 100th birthday of Richard von Weizsäcker, his notes, written down during his time in the team close to Richard von Weizsäcker, provide a lively picture of the thought processes and intentions of this European statesman.
 

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