Statement by Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier on the death of Roman Herzog:
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Roman Herzog. We have lost a great constitutional law expert, politician and statesman today.
Roman Herzog served our country in offices of great importance and in many different ways over several decades. His public and political life as well as his judicial and academic work were inextricably linked from the outset.
Roman Herzog’s long political journey took him from the Rhineland‑Palatinate to Baden‑Württemberg and then to Berlin where he became the first elected Federal President in reunited Germany.
As President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Roman Herzog was always a trustworthy proponent of fundamental rights, the rule of law and humanity.
To me, Roman Herzog was an upright, honest and intelligent man who did not shy away from spelling out hard truths but never lost his refined sense of humour.
Just like countless other law students before and after me, I learned about German constitutional law from his commentary on the Basic Law.
My deepest sympathy goes out to Roman Herzog’s family and loved ones.