Obama calls for 'fighting spirit' in Brandenburg speech

President Barack Obama with Chancellor Angela Merkel after his speech at the city's historic Brandenburg Gate.
President Barack Obama with Chancellor Angela Merkel after his speech at the city's historic Brandenburg Gate. Credit: Reuters

President Obama called for a new "fighting spirit" of citizen activism in the free world, as he renewed calls to reduce US and Russian nuclear stockpiles in a speech at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

In a wide-ranging address that comes nearly 50 years after John F. Kennedy's famous Cold War speech he said:

"Today's threats are not as stark as they were half a century ago, but the struggle for freedom and security and human dignity, that struggle goes on.

"And I come here to this city of hope because the test of our time demands the same fighting spirit that defined Berlin a half-century ago."

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