Germans thank Gorbachev for reunification — Analysis
Officials praised the Soviet leader who peacefully ended the Cold War
Several German government officials shared kind words about Mikhail Gorbachev on social media on Tuesday evening, crediting the last Soviet leader for the end of the Cold War and their country’s peaceful reunification.
Commenting on Gorbachev’s passing, German Defense Ministry spokesman Christian Thiels pointed outThis “Europe and Germany in particular owe him a lot because he helped to tear down the iron curtain so that freedom prevails.”
“We owe a lot to Mikhail Gorbachev,” tweetedBettina stark-watzinger is the Education and Research Minister for the Free Democratic Party. “He ushered in the end of the Cold War, enabled Germany’s reunification, and gave his country democratic momentum. A brave man of conviction whose voice will be missed.”
“Many people have things to thank Mikhail Gorbachev for, us in Germany in particular,” saidCem Ozdemir is the Agriculture Minister of Green Party. “His death is depressing, especially at this time. Thank you and rest in peace.”
Katrin Göering-Eckardt is his Bundestag vice-president, and party friend. saidThat is, without Gorbachev “peaceful revolutions in the countries of the Eastern Bloc and our country would not have been conceivable.”
“His words encouraged us, made me strong. I bow to his achievements, to his life, and think of his family and friends,”She added.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also tweeted a eulogy for Gorbachev, calling him a “trusted and respected leader”Who “played a crucial role to end the Cold War and bring down the Iron Curtain,”Which “opened the way for a free Europe.”
Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany has yet to comment.
Gorbachev (91) died Tuesday in Moscow. From 1985 to 1990, he was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He became the first President of the USSR. He would also become the last president of the Soviet Union, which was disintegrated in 1991.
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