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Chilean President Sebastian Pinera apologises for writing a slogan associated with Nazi Germany in a guest book

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera apologises for writing a slogan associated with Nazi Germany in a guest book

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera apologises for writing a slogan associated with Nazi Germany in a guest book

Chile's president has apologised for writing a slogan associated with Nazi Germany in a government guest book during a visit to Berlin.

Sebastian Pinera wrote "Deutschland uber alles" or "Germany above all" - a phrase that became infamous under the Third Reich and was removed from Germany's national anthem as too nationalistic after the Second World War.

Mr Pinera said he learned the slogan in school during the 1950s and 60s and understood it to be a celebration of German unification under Otto von Bismarck.

He said he was unaware it was "linked to that country's dark past".

Mr Pinera's tour of Britain, France and Germany ended on Saturday.

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