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President Kennedy Speaks in Frankfurt

June 25, 1963 - President Kennedy renewed today in the heart of the Old World his call for interdependence between the U.S. and what he said must become a “fully cohesive Europe.” Only with such a Europe, the President said in an address at the historic Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church) in Frankfurt, “can we have a full give-and-take between equals, an equal sharing of responsibility and an equal level of sacrifice.” “Those who would separate Europe from America or split one ally from another,” the President said, “would only give aid and comfort to the men who make themselves our adversaries and welcome any Western disarray.” This was taken as an allusion to President de Gaulle of France and his nationalistic policy. The address, made in English, was translated simultaneously for potential television audiences of millions of people in 12 countries.

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