The German Chancellor rarely delivers public comments or speeches in English. A very heartfelt and touching tribute to the former U.S. President who presided at the end of the Cold War and it's aftermath
Angela Merkel: Without George H.W. Bush, I wouldn’t be here
German chancellor pays tribute to late US president.
Updated 12/1/18, 8:21 PM CET
BUENOS AIRES Angela Merkel said Saturday she was mourning former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, recalling that his support for German unification was crucial both for her country and for her own political career. Merkel grew up in communist East Germany and became a politician only after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“I mourn George Bush, the 41st president of the United States, as the chancellor of the German Federal Republic but also as a German who, without the results of his policies, would hardly be standing here,” Merkel told reporters at the G20 summit in Argentina.
Merkel said she was moved by “deep respect for George Bush’s long fulfilled life in the service of his country and also deep gratitude … that George Bush recognized and understood our desire for the unity of Germany.”
Bush, who served as 41th U.S. president from 1989 to 1993, made “an enormous contribution” to the end of the Cold War and “uniting not only Germany but also Europe, so that arms control could replace arms races,” Merkel said.