Wednesday, April 25, 2012

State Visit to Germany - Day Two

Today was the second day of the state visit Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duke are paying to Germany.

In the morning the Luxembourgish head of state met the German chancellor Angela Merkel for a bilateral dialogue at the Bundeskanzleramt. Topics of the private conversation were questions concerning Europe and the relationship between the Grand Duchy and its biggest neighbour.

Afterwards the Grand Duke joined forces with his son to make their way to Brandenburg. On the Glienicke Bridge, most famous as the the place of exchanging captured spies during the Cold War, the Grand Duke and his heir were welcomed by the minister president of the German state surrounding Berlin. Afterwards they went to to Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in order to inform themselves about strategies fighting the climate change.

While her men went all scientific, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a microfinance seminar titled "Microfinance - The end of a success story?" organised by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau. The Grand Duchess held a speech in English.

Back in Berlin, the father and son duo attended a business lunch before the Hereditary Grand Duke, together with the German minister for finance Wolfgang Schäuble and his Luxembourgish counterpart Luc Frieden, participated in a a round table discussion organised by the association of German banks after a tax treaty was signed yesterday.

In the evening a exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum was openend to show the extensive treasure of silver owned by the grand ducal family. It is the first time the treasury can be seen as a whole. At this occasion the Grand Duchess held her second speech of the day, this time in German.

As always you can find pictures of the day's activities over at RTL, Daylife, Tageblatt, Wort, APA Picturedesk, RBB, Märkische Allgemeine, Getty Images, L'essentiel, Revue and Niederlausitz Aktuell. A video is available at RTL (starting 16:30), another one at ARD (starting at 05:14) and a third one by RBB (starting 0:35).

Source: RTL

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