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Britain and Germany: an alliance of values

Introduction

I’m delighted to have this opportunity to speak here at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. There are moments in history that remind us that we are all part of something greater than ourselves. As I landed at Tegel Airport this morning, I thought of one such moment. Seventy years ago, the people of this city were engaged in a daily struggle to keep West Berlin alive through Stalin’s blockade. The skies above Berlin were filled with British and American aircraft laden with fuel, food and medicine, landing or taking off every 45 seconds, day and night. For 11 months, pilots who had previously dropped bombs on Berlin mounted the greatest humanitarian airlift in history, delivering 2.3 million tons of supplies.

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