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GETTING COSY IN PYONGYANG
Dear Readers,

At the end of April there was a historic summit meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the border town of Panmunjom. Since the end of the Korean War 65 years ago, it was the first time a North Korean ruler entered South Korean soil. And that’s not all: Kim Jong-un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of March, and a meeting with US President Donald Trump is even planned for June, although this is still up in the air. Now Kim Jong-un probably has not gone through a personality change, but is looking for solutions to get his impoverished state back on its feet economically. In any case, this is a good sign with regard to the reduced nuclear threat still emanating from North Korea.

In our title interview this time, we present Canada, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year. For almost three years, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has governed the second largest country in the world in terms of area, and has a stronger international focus, unlike his predecessors. Of course, this includes the CETA agreement with the EU, which has been in force since September last year and has faced resistance in many places in Europe. Ambassador H.E. Stéphane Dion also talks about the domestic tensions between the Anglophone and French-speaking parts, the skilled worker program and the environmental policy of his country.

In the further course of this issue we have once again an extensive educational special, in which internationally oriented schools will present themselves to our readers. In addition, we introduce two consuls: the Romanian Consul General for Bavaria, Ramona Chiriac, and the Consul General of Uzbekistan in Frankfurt, Erkin Khamraev. There are also contributions to the Hannover Messe and to fragile states. I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dr. Irene ErnstEditor and Publisher

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