Visit to Hamburg, Germany
President Barroso was the guest of honour at the "Matthiae Mahl", a traditional dinner dating back to the middle ages, organised by the senate of Hamburg. He gave the speech "A stronger Europe in stormy times" in which he praised the merits of Hamburg and pointed to Europe's response to the crisis and Germany's role in it. He expressed his firm belief that "we are able to give Europe a direction and to lead it out of this crisis. By following a steady course, with a strong strategy and a clear vision, Europe will in the future be even stronger than it is today." President Barroso met in the context of the Matthiae Mahl and bilaterally the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz. He also visited the construction site of the "Elbphilarmonie", which is to become Europe's biggest concert hall. At Bucerius Law School he gave another speech entitled "The EU on its way to a political and economic union" and discussed with law students. He also gave an interview to two child reporters of "DEIN SPIEGEL".