Munich, 31 January 2014
Translation of advance text
The five decades of the Munich Security Conference mirror a large part of the Federal Republic’s history: from the defence of the West to global governance and from military science to a comprehensive security concept. What a sweeping arc! When this Conference first took place here in Munich, the country and its capital were divided and living under the shadow of the nuclear threat. Today we have to deal with new tensions and new wars: between states, within states, close to home and far away.