Former Minister-President of Saxony Kurt Biedenkopf is dead in 2021- politics pays tribute to the character:

He was something like the father of the Saxon Union: Biedenkopf shaped the period after the reunification. Now "King Kurt" died. Not only politicians from their own camp pay tribute to the ex-prime minister.

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Berlin / Dresden (DPA) - Mourning for the deceased former Saxon Prime Minister Kurt Biedenkopf: Politicians across Germany have recognized Biedenkopf as a formative political figure.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier emphasized the great merits of bringing East and West together. "Her husband was an important figure of integration, a symbol of inner unity," says a letter of condolence to the widow Ingrid Biedenkopf.

"As a modernizer, he has strengthened the CDU People's Party and Germany's ability to reform." For him, the name Kurt Biedenkopf will always be associated with the political awakening in East Germany after the Peaceful Revolution, Steinmeier wrote.

Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute to Biedenkopf's development work in his state. "It is lucky that he accepted responsibility for the Free State of Saxony in 1990," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Friday in Berlin at the federal press conference.

"He worked there as prime minister for twelve successful years and helped shape the country in very challenging times."

Seibert continued: "Kurt Biedenkopf was an outstanding political head, an intellectual, and a political doer." The Chancellor remains "grateful to him for many encounters and conversations, for an always stimulating exchange and for good, trusting advice." Saxony is planning an act of mourning

Biedenkopf died on Thursday evening at the age of 91. He fell asleep peacefully with his family, announced the State Chancellery in Dresden on behalf of the family on Friday.

The funeral should take place in the closest family circle. In coordination with the family, Saxony wants to organize an act of mourning.

"He was an exceptional politician, a statesman, and a father of the country in the best sense of the word," said Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet.

As the first Prime Minister of Saxony, Biedenkopf was an “engine of German unity”. He has made the country a blooming landscape and a high-tech location.

As Secretary General of the CDU, Biedenkopf modernized the party in the 1970s. «He was the architect of the modern CDU and a programmatic pacemaker».

Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) paid tribute to the politician, also known as "King Kurt", as a great German personality of the 20th century. "A big Saxon has passed away."

Under the aegis of Biedenkopf, the Saxon administration was rebuilt and universities and science were fundamentally reformed.

Kretschmer also recalled the commitment to the settlement of companies as well as important decisions for infrastructure, culture, and art. Kretschmer described Biedenkopf as a "gifted speaker and explainer of the world situation." "We have all lost a great person."

Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) praised Biedenkopf on Twitter for his clear demarcation from the AfD and thanked him for various discussions. 

Kurt Biedenkopf was an extraordinary person. Formative in East & West », wrote Ramelow. FDP federal chief Christian Lindner spoke of Biedenkopf as a “thought leader and visionary” across party lines. According to Lindner, he was an independent character.

Turn his chance for a comeback:

Biedenkopf was born on January 28, 1930, in Ludwigshafen. In 1973 the law professor became general secretary of the CDU at the suggestion of the party leader at the time, Helmut Kohl.

Later he became Kohl's rival. In the 1980s he only made a name for himself with the CDU North Rhine-Westphalia, at the end of the decade Biedenkopf's political career was basically over. But the turning point in the GDR opened up the chance for a comeback for him.

The CDU politician Lothar Späth persuaded him to go to the East and apply for the office of Prime Minister in Saxony. Biedenkopf later gave the reason that he wanted to serve the country together with his wife Ingrid.

Saxony experienced a start-up period under his leadership in the 1990s. He obtained an absolute majority in state elections for the Union in the Free State three times. The Saxons called him "King Kurt". He was Prime Minister in Saxony from 1990 to 2002.

However, the end of Biedenkopf's term of office was less laudable. Affairs such as discount purchases from the Ikea furniture store accelerated his case.

The conflict over his successor had already broken out openly beforehand. Ultimately, Biedenkopf succumbed to his former Finance Minister Georg Milbradt in an internal power struggle.

In April 2002, Biedenkopf left office at the age of 72. Nevertheless, he remained present in the Saxony CDU - especially when things weren't going well at the party.

He later worked again as a lawyer and published. He also remained connected to politics - for example as an ombudsman for Hartz IV complaints.


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