The ALDE Party is saddened to hear of the passing of Klaus Kinkel, the former FDP party Chairman and Foreign Minister, on 4 March at the age of 82.
One of the most promising politicians of the 1990s, Kinkel made his mark on German politics during a public service career spanning nearly four decades. He headed the FDP party from 1993 to 1995, served as a top diplomat and played a role in the unification in Germany, among others.
“The death of Klaus Kinkel touches me,” commented current FDP leader Christian Lindner. “He was an upright and humble man with character and I greatly appreciated his friendly advice. I owe him a lot.”
ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen MEP said: "I am saddened to learn about Klaus Kinkel's passing. He was a Foreign Minister at a time of tremendous change in Europe, and his actions paved the way for EU enlargement. In addition, he was a staunch defender of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law."