Up to 400 people attended the event. In her speech, Michelle Müntefering declared, “If the Goethe Institut did not exist, then we would have to invent it.”, highlighting the cultural work of the Goethe Institut, the language courses for more than 1,000 people per year and the beauty of the new library. Please find her speech here.
Before the opening ceremony, Michelle Müntefering gave a speech at Trinity College to more than 100 students on “The Future of Europe from a German perspective: The relevance of cultural and educational exchange”. She had been invited by the Germanic Society and the Department of Germanic Studies. Michelle Müntefering encouraged the students to make their voices heard in European politics and highlighted the benefits of foreign language skills.
Before the speech, she had visited the famous Long Room and the Book of Kells.
In the evening, H.E. Deike Potzel hosted a dinner for Michelle Müntefering with key representatives from the cultural, political and scientific field to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations further.