Roman Herzog dies
BERLIN: Roman Herzog, who as German president was a powerful advocate of economic reforms in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin Wall, has died, the president’s office said yesterday. He was 82.
He was a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. He served as the chief justice of Germany’s highest court before being elected to a fiveyear term as president in 1994, four years after reunification.
President Joachim Gauck described Herzog as a “distinctive personality, who helped shape Germany’s self-image and the interactions in our society”.