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Blending “seamless principles and pragmatism”: Time magazine names Baerbock among the world’s 100 rising personalities

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For the US magazine “Time”, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) is one of the 100 aspiring personalities in the world. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote of the reasons for her selection published on Wednesday: “When I think about what makes me optimistic in these times, it is to have a partner who so seamlessly blends principles and pragmatism.”

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Despite global challenges – including the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine – the minister managed to bring the USA and Germany and all transatlantic allies closer together, Blinken said.

“She has never lost faith in the inherent strength of our democracies, based on our freedom, our respect for human rights and our unique ability to improve ourselves,” the minister wrote about Baerbock. “And she has a gift for getting more partners around that vision and making it a reality.”

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The Time feature profiles 100 “rising stars” from all walks of life and countries, including musicians, entrepreneurs, activists and politicians. “What connects these individuals is their extraordinary efforts to shape our world – and determine our future,” the magazine said.

The list is independent of the more well-known “Time” ranking of the 100 most influential people in the world – a list in which, for example, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared several times. (dpa)

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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