Ex-German chancellor Helmut Kohl, former US president George Bush and the Soviet Union’s last head of state Mikhail Gorbachev — gathered in Berlin on Saturday for a formal ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“We Germans don’t have very much in our history to be proud of,” said Kohl, 79, who was chancellor of West Germany and then united Germany from 1982-98. “But we’ve got every reason to be proud about German reunification.”
The three paid their respects to the ordinary people who were behind the peaceful revolution of 1989 that brought down the Berlin Wall at an emotional ceremony in Berlin on Saturday.
Gorbachev, a Peace Prize winner in 1990, went out of his way to say he thought it “a good thing” that Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.
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