Reportage: German National Day 2016

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Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff never fails to impress when it comes to the German national day speech. Unlike the routine speeches often heard in national days, the German Consul General’s words of wisdom always come with a personal touch of humour and genuine concerns over what is going on in Hong Kong and Germany.

The German Day of Unification reception was held yesterday (6 October). The Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor KC Chan was the guest of honour in the capacity of Acting Financial Secretary. Also Attending the event was Chan Ho-tin, convenor of Hong Kong National Party, lawmakers Nathan Law and Kenneth Leung as well as members of the diplomatic and business communities.

A cheeky opening to thank sponsors quickly turned serious as Graf Lambsdorff raised the refugee issue and the brutal axe attack back in July. The hospitalised Hongkongers in Germany may have been forgotten by the press, but not by the Consul General: “My wife and I met with the family of the victims in Würzburg which was a heartbreaking experience. It is good to see that two of the victims have returned to Hong Kong. The most severely injured is still being treated in Germany. We wish all of them a full recovery.”

With the LegCo elections still fresh, Graf Lambsdorff was quick to share some of his thoughts with connection with the upcoming Germany federal election

“The, of course, important debate on refugees and migrants has reached unprecedented emotional levels, making the search for cool headed, rational and practical solutions difficult – something not unknown to Hong Kong politics,” Graf Lambsdorff noted. “[…] On average there is an election somewhere in Germany every three months. This is distracting, sometimes costly, both in terms of money and time. But we still like elections, the more democratic, fair and transparent the better.”

The German Consulate General will host the Berlin Fest today (7 October) evening to bring the ‘recently-voted coolest city’ closer to Hong Kong