World leaders pay respects and bid farewell to former German chancellor Kohl


Current and former world leaders gathered in the the European Parliament on Saturday in an unprecedented ceremony to bid farewell to late German chancellor Helmut Kohl, one of the architects of modern Europe.

Among the speakers were French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and former US president Bill Clinton.

France’s Macron said, “In Helmut Kohl we have lost a great European”

Kohl died on June 16 at age 87 and served as chancellor from 1982 to 1998. His coffin was draped with the flag of the European Union, and only the EU flag, out of respect for his reputation as one of the key engineers behind German reunification and the expansion of the EU.

He will be buried in the German town of Speyer later in the day.


European Parliament President Antonio Tajani (left) delivers a speech in honour of Kohl.


Former US president Bill Clinton is visibly moved as he salutes Kohl’s coffin after delivering a speech in the former chancellor’s honour. © Patrick Hertzog, AFP


British Prime Minister Theresa May (centre) walks next to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (left), European Parliament President Antonio Tajani (second left) and European Council President Donald Tusk (third left) as former British prime minister John M © Sebastien Bozon, AFP


Former US president Bill Clinton (left), former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (centre) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu catch up with each other at the memorial service for Kohl in Strasbourg. © Patrick Hertzog, AFP


German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during a ceremony for late German Kohl, and who is remembered for overseeing German reunification and a driving force in Europe’s integration. © Patrick Hertzog, AFP


French President Emmanuel Macron (left) pays his respects to Kohl’s widow, Maike Kohl-Richter after delivering a speech in tribute of the former German chancellor. © Patrick Hertzog, AFP


German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the ceremony in tribute to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on July 1, 2017. Kohl, who oversaw German reunification and was a driving force in Europe’s integration. © Sebastien Bozon, AFP


Spain’s former queen and king, Sofia (right) and Juan Carlos (centre), arrive for the ceremony in tribute of Kohl. © Sebastien Bozon, AFP




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