Wiesbaden (dpa/lhe) - Hesse's Prime Minister Boris Rhein (CDU) reminded of the importance of democracy at the turn of the year. "Only democracy protects us from arbitrariness and violence. It ensures peace, freedom and the rule of law in our country, and only it preserves the dignity of every single person," said Rhein, according to the speech manuscript that had been distributed in advance, in his New Year's speech, which was broadcast on hr television on Saturday evening was broadcast. "We can count ourselves very fortunate that we live in a country today where all people have the same value and the same rights and obligations."
In view of the current crises, Rhein called for solidarity. "Hesse is one of the most successful countries in Europe. Our foundation is strong and stable," he said. The state government is working hard to mitigate the consequences of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine for the people of Hesse. "We don't let anyone down and we also show that our state is and will remain capable of acting," said Rhein. "Our primary goal is for people in the country to feel safe and be able to face the new year with confidence even in these uncertain times."