The funeral of former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt has taken place in his hometown of Hamburg. Among those in attendance was former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who described Schmidt as the “conscience of the world.”
Ahead of the G20, Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Berlin to celebrate the arrival of two giant pandas. The bears will be on view to the public at the Berlin Zoo starting Thursday.
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl's funeral plans have become subject to controversy after his widow tried to bar Chancellor Angela Merkel from speaking at the memorial. She said, however, she was trying to honor his wishes.
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