Minister for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and her German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier participated in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Nazi massacre at Civitella Val di Chiana (Arezzo), where 244 civilians were killed in an act of retaliation on 29 June 1944. Minister Steinmeier is the highest level German official ever to take part in the public commemoration of the massacre. Along with other high-level authorities, Mogherini and Steinmeier placed a laurel wreath with ribbons representing the flags of both nations at the foot of the memorial stone marking the incident. Also present were Italian Under-Secretary for the Defence Domenico Rossi, German Ambassador to Italy Reinhard Schafers and British Ambassador Christopher Prentice.
Mogherini, a time not for rancour but for common projects
“Now, after 70 years, is not a time for rancour but for common projects. Today is a moment to remember and respect, but also to look ahead. We can say that democracy has won out in Europe, and I believe that this is the greatest victory over the Nazi’s deviant hate plan”, the minister said yesterday in her speech