Laszlo Kover – Photo: MTI

Speaker offers condolences over Schauble’s passing

House Speaker Laszlo Kover has sent his condolences to his German counterpart over the passing of Wolfgang Schauble, former president of the Bundestag, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

Schauble died on Tuesday, at the age of 81.

In his letter to Baerbel Bash, Kover 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 Kover, 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, Kover 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,” Kover said, and expressed his deepest condolences also on behalf of the Hungarian parliament

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