German President Christian Wulff urged Germans to respect minorities Friday in a Christmas message that picked up on his earlier, controversial call for an inclusive attitude to Islam.
The televised message, broadcast on public television Friday, was recorded with an audience of 200 Germans from all walks of life at Wulff's official Berlin residence.
'Each of us needs to feel 'I belong, I'm needed,'' said Wulff before alluding to cultural differences.
'Our society is free and varied. In order for a society made up of so many different people to survive, we need one thing above all: respect, respect towards those who are different from oneself, and esteem for the things they achieve,' he said.