It was supposed to be a happy celebration for integration workers in the Chancellor's Office: Angela Merkel spoke about diversity of opinion, took selfies with young people. Then the first reports arrived.
As the first emergency services arrived at the devastated Christmas market, federal chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) was taking part in a celebration for integration workers. The mainly young integration workers cheered the chancellor.
Merkel chatted about the Gospel music of a Hamburg school choir. She smiled as she stepped in front of the large stairs in the Chancellor's Office to the speaker's podium. Merkel said: "there are always people that need longer to be convinced. There are even people who don't listen at all. Then you just need continue on your own path. That's also part of diversity of opinion."
Frenetic applause. Then the guests wouldn't stay in their seats any more. Dozens of them rushed down the steps. Each of them wanted to make a selfie with the federal government's integration officer, Aydan Özoguz (SPD), and with the chancellor.Source
UPDATE: here's some video of it.