Leaders from around the world pay tribute to Helmut Kohl on Saturday (July 1) at a special EU ceremony. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Leaders from the United States, Russia, Israel and across Europe paid tribute on Saturday to Helmut Kohl as the architect of German reunification and a driving force for European integration. The former German Chancellor, who died on June 16 at 87, was remembered at a memorial ceremony at the European Parliament as a dedicated European who abhorred war. European Council President Donald Tusk, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and French President Emmanuel Macron, among others were on hand for the ceremony. The two-hour memorial, in a city that has often changed hands and now lies in France, symbolised the role Kohl played in the reconciliation of erstwhile enemies France and Germany while driving European integration forward. The ceremony concluded with the German national anthem and excerpts from Beethoven's 9th symphony "Ode to Joy", used as the anthem of the European Union. The proposal to hold a European ceremony was enthusiastically advocated by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and by Kohl's second wife Maike Kohl-Richter, who survives him.