Germany condoles former British PM Margaret Thatcher's demise
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued statements in Berlin following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Statement by Chancellor Angela Merkel
"It is with great sorrow that I have learned of the death of Margaret Thatcher. As a long-serving Prime Minister she has left her mark on modern Britain as few have done before or since. She was one of the greatest leaders of her time in global politics.
One of her deeply cherished convictions was the liberty of the individual. Margaret Thatcher was quick to recognise the strength of the protest movements in Eastern Europe demanding more freedom, and she gave them her full support. I will never forget the part she played in reuniting Europe and ending the Cold War.
Margaret Thatcher was not a champion of women's rights - but as a woman who had made it to the highest office in a democracy at a time when this was far from usual, she was an example to many women who came after her. I would like to express my condolences and my every sympathy to her family."
Statement by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
“We were saddened to hear of the death of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
We bid farewell to a great politician, and look back on her life and work with deep admiration. Margaret Thatcher made an indelible mark on Great Britain. Yet she has also left a considerable legacy in European and international history.
Margaret Thatcher was one of the few people who could clearly be seen to be writing history even during her lifetime. She had strong convictions and always made them clear in no uncertain terms.
Her final years were marked by serious illness. Our sympathy is now with her family, and we wish them strength in their hour of grief. Our thoughts are also with the whole of the British people at this time. Even in moments like this we sense a common European bond.”