Antonio Tajani EU Parlamentspräsident im Gespräch mit OB Eger, Carl Bildt ehemaliger schwedischer Ministerpräsident beim Eintrag in das Goldene Buch, Foto © Stadt Speyer

Internationale Staatsgäste im Speyerer Rathaus

Antonio Tajani EU Parlamentspräsident im Gespräch mit OB Eger, Carl Bildt ehemaliger schwedischer Ministerpräsident beim Eintrag in das Goldene Buch, Foto © Stadt Speyer

Anlässlich der Trauerfeierlichkeiten für Bundeskanzler a.D. Dr. Helmut Kohl am 1. Juli 2017 in Speyer konnte Oberbürgermeister Hansjörg Eger im Historischen Ratssaal der Stadt internationale Staatsgäste willkommen heißen und sich über deren Eintrag in das Goldene Buch der Stadt Speyer freuen.

 

Mathias Cormann, Finanzminister Australiens beim Eintrag in das Goldene Buch, Foto © Stadt SpeyerDear honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Very warmly I welcome you in the city of Speyer. I would have preferred to welcome you on a different occasion than the funeral of late Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl. Thank you for accepting the invitation into our historical city hall which has been built after the destruction of the city in 1689 by the French troops of Louis XIV. 

Helmut Kohl has been in this room on different occasions and though the original writing above the main entrance was long gone before his first visit, I do have the impression that these words still have significance for us -- people who care about society, peace and justice. The statement read: "Ihr, die Ihr eintretet, wahret Gottesfurcht, Gerechtigkeit und Einigkeit."  Ye, who enter keep the fear of the Lord, justice and unity. 

Jusuf Habibie, ehemaliger Staatspräsident von Indonesien, Foto © Stadt SpeyerWe, Speyer, feel honored by Dr. Kohl's longstanding attachment to the Speyer cathedral (his so-called "Hauskirche") and to the city of Speyer. Dr. Kohl as an historian, was very much aware of historic developments, as well as the need for patience and persistence for political changes and the realization of political and democratic ideas. 

And I am personally convinced, though I did not have the chance to talk with the late Chancellor about it, that the celebration of the Requiem in the cathedral, as well as the funeral in Speyer, is a logical political testimony. The importance of the cathedral for Dr. Kohl is obvious: a cathedral which over the centuries has symbolized European history. 

Parlamentariere Miro Kovac und ehemaliger Außenminister Kroatiens beim Eintrag in das Goldene Buch, Foto © Stadt SpeyerAnd leaving the cathedral, down our Via Triumphalis, where in the Middle Ages, emperors and leaders were entering the city on the way to the cathedral, to find his last resting place in the cemetery of the Domkapital (cathedral chapter), which was at the same time, the city cemetery from 1502-1881, proves the attachment to the church as well as his personal Christian values. 

At the same time, Dr. Kohl will rest in the shadow of St. Bernhard, the church of peace, which is a manifesto for the reconciliation of France and Germany. In 1953, the cornerstone of the church was laid in the presence of Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schumann. And in 1954 it was consecrated by French and German bishops. 

The last political act of Dr. Kohl is another clear sign, that neighbours have to be open for each other, that the German-French friendship, within a united Europe, is  the basis for lasting peace. 

I thank you all for showing your respect and sympathy to Dr. Kohl, a real European, who never forgot his roots in the Palatinate. 

May I invite you to sign Speyer's Golden Book as well as the church's for a lasting testimony of today's event.