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With God, roses and punk, German military honours Merkel

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s military on Thursday honoured outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel with their highest ceremony for a civilian, playing an eclectic mix of music of her own choosing that has intrigued the nation. In the “Großer Zapfenstreich” ceremony, pared back due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Bundeswehr staff music corps played a hymn, a 1960s song that includes the words “I can’t acquiesce, can’t make do, I still want to win”, and a 1970s punk rock hit. The hymn, “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”, is a nod to Merkel’s Protestant upbringing, the ’60s song “Red roses are to rain for me…

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