Though the real estate tycoon previously praised Merkel in 2015 as "probably the greatest leader in the world today,” he criticized her for letting refugees enter Germany earlier this year.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and former US president Bill Clinton will address a ceremony in Strasbourg where former German leader Helmut Kohl will lie in state, the EU announced Wednesday.
Well, that's always a good start to a diplomatic relationship.
The couple have been visiting the same destination for decades.
Angela Merkel has voted against same-sex marriage in Germany because she believes that “marriage is between a man and woman”.
European Council chief Donald Tusk, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani will also make speeches."Following the European Ceremony of Honour, which is expected to last for around two hours, the casket will be brought to Germany, where the former Chancellor will be buried after a funeral service in the cathedral in Speyer," a town further up the Rhine river from Strasbourg, it said.
German media, meanwhile, reported Wednesday that tensions had arisen over the planned ceremonies, after Kohl's widow sought to stop Merkel from speaking in Strasbourg.