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European Football Championship: Football is needed to defend democracy

Millions have been demonstrating in Germany for weeks to preserve democracy. The impulse comes from the middle of society. She still has a good sense of when it’s time to hit the streets.

That motivates me. I want to organize a good tournament in the summer. Football brings a lot of people together, the whole thing is fun and joyful. This also strengthens our civil society. Sport can be a means to an end.

The European Handball Championship in Germany has already shown what sport can achieve. In Cologne, 30,000 people demonstrated in the city center on one day, and in the evening almost as many were in the hall to cheer on their team. Protesting and celebrating are different actions, but they have something in common. They require physical presence and they express appreciation. In this case, for our free way of living.

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