Dig­ni­taries mourn Hel­mut Kohl in Ger­many. SPEYER,

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GER­MANY» Ger­many bid farewell Satur­day to Hel­mut Kohl, the former chan­cel­lor who steered his coun­try to­ward re­uni­fi­ca­tion in 1990 and whose tire­less ef­forts to en­sure peace and sta­bil­ity in Europe shape the con­ti­nent to this day.

Hun­dreds of dig­ni­taries at­tended a re­quiem Mass at Speyer Cathe­dral in Kohl’s home re­gion of RhinelandPalati­nate in south­west Ger­many.

Ear­lier in the day, past and present lead­ers from around the world paid tribute to Kohl at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment’s seat in the French city of Stras­bourg.

Kohl, who died June 16 at the age of 87, is the first per­son to be hon­ored with an of­fi­cial memo­rial event by the Euro­pean Union.

EU Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker said the cer­e­mony in Stras­bourg, close to the bor­der with Ger­many, was Kohl’s own choice.

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