Germany: Chancellor Merkel welcomes 'royal Carnival couples' to her office

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed 'royal couples' and representatives of Carnival clubs from 14 German states at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday. Merkel described the Carnival as a 'cultural asset' which reconciled the variety of the German cultural landscape, representing 'folksiness' and 'solidarity' as she spoke at the ceremony. The carnival season in Germany, known as... Еще the fifth season, begins each year on November 11 and lasts until Ash Wednesday which is marked on February 26 this year. 'Royal couples' are selected from local Carnival clubs to 'reign' over festivities in their region.

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