Berlin is unique. Always on the move and never boring. That is what makes Berlin so admired throughout Germany, Europe and the rest of the world. But my Berlin is far more than a vibrant pulsating city. It is also the local “villages”, the quiet corners, the neighbourhoods. Here it is one can pause a while, here one can be heard, here people are there for one another. Berlin is such a loveable and livable city. This does not happen by itself and it must not be taken for granted as we Berliners know all too well. Right now it is all about doing whatever we can to enable Berlin’s economy to continue to grow to the benefit of all. The problems we face are not insignificant, but the opportunities for Berlin are considerable. My administration in the Berlin Senate has over the past few years been able to implement many important and effective new ideas. This has not always been easy, indeed it has often been very tough, but we have got Berlin going and moved it forward. But there is no room for complacency and that is why I have a clear vision of what needs to be achieved: a Berlin which is economically strong and where every individual has an opportunity to make their contribution; a Berlin which remains human, where social cohesion is more important than individual self-interest; a Berlin which is open and where there is opportunity for all. My party, the SPD, and myself as Mayor of Berlin will give our all towards that end. But politics is too important to be left to the politicians, so I invite you to join us and do your bit for our city for our people and for all of us.