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.
German and international leaders alike have paid their respects in the wake of Helmut Schmidt's passing. Many consider him to be one of the most important German leaders of the post-war period.
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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says talks to bring two new pandas to Berlin Zoo have begun with Beijing. The giant panda, which is unique to China, is often sent abroad as a sign of warm diplomatic relations.
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