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30 May 2023

Social Engagement for a More Humane World


Dear Rector,
Academic staff,
Dear students,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The honorary doctorate that the University of Hasselt has awarded me today leaves me deeply moved. And the fact that I am...

15 November 2022

26 October 2022

Mr President,

War is raging on European soil. The Ukrainian people awoke last February to machine gun and tank fire.

Men, women and children are enduring suffering that no one in Europe expected to witness so closely anymore.

Our democracies’ answer was not long in coming;...

25 October 2022

Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to be with you here in this iconic building. Since the fifteenth century, Vilnius Town Hall is located at the heart of trade and business. Throughout its long history, itsSquare and adjacent streets have welcomed countless foreign...

24 October 2022

Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Trakai, the former capital of your beautiful country, holds a manuscript by the knight Guillebert de Lannoy, a founding member of the Order of the Golden Fleece and a diplomat in the service of the Duke of Burgundy. The letter, dated 1425, is the...

09 September 2022

“It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was an extraordinary personality. We will always keep fond memories of this great Lady who, throughout her reign, showed dignity, courage and devotion. Each of our encounters will remain etched in our...

17 June 2022

Mr. President,

Thank you for welcoming me in Constanta and for your kind words.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, I feel strong emotions: anger, pride and hope.


First, anger. An enormous anger. Because a sovereign nation was brutally invaded before our very eyes...

16 June 2022

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The COVID pandemic has subsided. Society and the economy are looking towards the future again, and we are able to meet in person. I welcome this opportunity to share with you these moments of reflection on the role, the expanding potential, and the growth of...

10 June 2022

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Mr. Rector,
Dear Professors,
Dear students of the University of Lubumbashi,
Dear 'Kasapards'!

We knew that our welcome in Lubumbashi would reflect your legendary hospitality....

08 June 2022

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Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good afternoon to all! Mbote!...