Dear chancellor Angela Merkel,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am extremely pleased to be with you today.
And I am honoured to be sharing the stage with Chancellor Merkel.
I am also privileged to share with her a unique background: we were both first trained in the sciences, she as a physicist and a chemist, and I as an electrical engineer.
Then we both lost our way and ended up as politicians!
As public servants, we are entrusted with helping to address the most pressing issues of the day.