Foreign Minister Westerwelle expresses his condolences on the death of Gyula Horn

19.06.2013 - Press release

In his message in the book of condolences for Gyula Horn, the former Hungarian Foreign Minister and Prime Minister who died recently, Guido Westerwelle thanked “a great European and friend of Germany”.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle signed the book of condolences for the former Hungarian Foreign and Prime Minister Gyula Horn at the Hungarian Embassy in Berlin.

In his message, he thanked Gyula Horn and called him a great European and a good friend of Germany. Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement on 19 June:

I was deeply saddened by the news of Gyula Horn’s death.

We Germans will never forget his courageous actions as Hungary’s Foreign Minister. In August 1989, Gyula Horn literally cut through the Iron Curtain, which had divided Europe for 40 years. When a little later he announced to thousands of citizens of the former GDR that they were permitted to depart Hungary for the West, he firmly established his place in the history books.

We take leave of a great European, who did the right thing at a defining moment in European history and lived out the European values of freedom and humanity.“

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