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To the tune of Scorpions, Von der Leyen in the wind of change

(B2) It was to this tune of Scorpion that the Bundeswehr fanfare said farewell in Berlin to the woman who was its leader for almost six years, Ursula von der Leyen

(credit: Bundeswehr)

Music performed during the 'Grosser Zapfenstreich', the highest military ceremony of the German armed forces, which only takes place on special occasions, on Thursday (August 15).

The choice of this composition by the famous pop rock group from Hanover is undoubtedly not by chance and has a high symbolic value. Composed in 1990 the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the lyrics seem to illustrate the desire of the future president of the European Commission to consolidate the unity of the European continent, by rediscovering the fervor of the years 1989-1990 which had seen reunification European.

“The world is closing in. Did you ever think. That we could be so close, like brothers. The future's in the air. I can feel it everywhere. Blowing with the wind of change. »

Le Official clip of the group shows images of the fall of the wall, the Chinese repression of Tian'anmen, the Palestinian intifada or the Exxon Valdez disaster, which although dated, are no less current than the challenges that present themselves to the future president of the European Commission.

In addition to “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions, the Bundeswehr fanfare performed two other pieces chosen by the main interested party: the 'Hail Verum Corpus' one of Mozart's very last works and the traditional ode to joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the European anthem.


Von der Leyen's thanks to the armed forces

« Soldiers and civilian agents (of the army) have a very special task in the missions and also here at home. Because they defend our freedom, the rule of law and the inviolability of human dignity. Without the dedication, without the performance of our men and women in uniform and in civilian clothes, it would not have been possible for me to assume responsibility for these five and a half years. For this I say 'thank you' from the bottom of my heart » declared the former Minister of Defense.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).