This is how Germany and the world mourn the loss of the former Soviet head of state

Politicians from Germany and the world have the Russian Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Soviet head of state Mikhail Gorbachev short honored after his death became known. Without Gorbachev, “the peaceful revolutions in the countries of the Eastern Bloc would not have been conceivable here,” wrote Bundestag Vice President Katrin Göring-Eckardt (Greens) on Tuesday evening on Twitter. “His words have encouraged us, made me strong.”

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Germany owes a lot to Gorbachev, Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) also wrote on Twitter. “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.”

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