Speaker of Parliament László Kövér has sent his condolences to his German counterpart over the passing of Wolfgang Schauble, former president of the Bundestag. Schauble died on Tuesday, at the age of 81.
In his letter to Baerbel Bas, Kövér said Schauble had remained a true friend of Hungary throughout his life. “He was a politician of great character, a humanist and a man,” said Kövér, adding that Schauble, who also served as finance minister and the leader of the CDU party, “was committed to open and earnest dialogue”. He was an influential politician, also valued and respected by his opponents, Kövér added. Schauble was one of the few German politicians who played a key role in the German reunification and was an active supporter of the political regime change in Hungary, and in central Europe, the parliamentary speaker said. “With his passing, Germany and Europe have lost an excellent politician, and Hungary a true friend,” Kövér said and expressed his deepest condolences also on behalf of the Hungarian parliament.