President Juncker pays tribute to Germany’s former Chancellor Kohl

On Saturday 1 July, leaders from all over the world gathered in Strasbourg to pay tribute to former federal Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the event. He said: “Helmut Kohl was not only the architect of German unity. He contributed fundamentally — more than others — to reconciling European history and European geography. He was one of those who brought an end to the separation of East and West decreed at Yalta. Eastern and central Europe – and southern Europe incidentally – have much to thank Helmut Kohl for.” Farewell messages were also given by former President of the United States Bill Clinton, former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered the closing speeches.

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