Merkel tells Harvard grads to tear down 'walls of...

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told graduates of Harvard University they must 'tear down walls of ignorance' and reject isolationism as they tackle global problems such as climate change and terrorism.

Merkel made the comments on Thursday while delivering the keynote speech at Harvard's 368th commencement ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Mostly speaking in German through an English interpreter, Merkel called for greater international collaboration and, while she did not name him directly, the comments echoed her past criticisms of U.S. President Donald Trump without directly naming him.

Addressing graduates and their families, Merkel decried the rise of 'isolationism' and 'protectionism.' She said those forces have undermined global trade, which she called 'the very foundations of our prosperity.'

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'More than ever, our way of thinking and our actions have to be multilateral rather than unilateral. Global rather than national. Outward-looking rather than isolationist. In short, we have to work together rather than alone,' she said. 'You, dear graduates, will have a quite different opportunity to do this in the future than my generation did.'

Much of her speech reflected on her time growing up in East Germany, behind the Berlin Wall and under oppression by the Soviets.

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Merkel recalled the freedom she was granted when the wall fell in 1989, inspiring her to pursue politics and leave her career as a research scientist.

Today, she said, many threats come not from physical walls but from abstract barriers. She cautioned against 'walls in people's minds' that can prevent leaders from working together on global challenges.

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'Walls of ignorance and narrowmindedness may exist between family members as well as between groups within society, between people of different skin colors, nations and religions,' she said. 'I would like to see us break down these walls.'

Merkel has spoken out against the rise of racism and nationalism in her country, saying Germany...
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