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German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a commencement speech to Harvard graduates on Thursday after being greeted with rousing applause when introduced as "one of the most respected and influential leaders of the postwar era."
Addressing students at the Ivy League school's 368th commencement ceremony, Merkel began in English, yet quickly switched to German.
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Merkel, speaking through a translator, touched on a number of topics throughout the speech — beginning with her own upbringing in East Germany under the shadow of the Berlin Wall. The idea of the wall was one that she would return to throughout the speech.
She would go on to speak of the "walls in peoples minds, walls of ignorance and narrow-mindedness," at one point calling on students to, "Tear down walls of ignorance and narrow-mindedness for nothing has to stay as it is."
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The chancellor hit on other subjects including the opportunities and threats posed by new technologies, as well as the challenge of combating climate change.
She warned students that nothing could be taken for granted, yet encouraged them to realize that: "Anything that seems to be set in stone and unalterable, can be changed. Every change begins in the mind."
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