Current and former world leaders have gathered to farewell former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, recalling him as instrumental in uniting Europe and reconciling former adversaries on the continent.
Kohl died at the age of 87 on June 16.
World leaders past and present attended the military service before the coffin was put into a hearse and driven through the streets of Speyer to the cemetery where Kohl was laid to rest.
Serving as chancellor from 1982 to 1998, Kohl was also an architect of the expansion of the EU.
"Now it's up to us to preserve your legacy". "I could tell you stories".
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"Helmut Kohl gave us the chance to be involved in something bigger than ourselves", said former U.S. President Bill Clinton, citing Kohl's willingness to put global cooperation before national interests at key moments in history. "Bigger than our terms of office, bigger than our fleeting careers", he said.
Speeches by French President Emmanuel Macron and former US president Bill Clinton were also planned.
The 20th century in Europe really began on his watch, Mr Clinton added.
'I find the latest developments not worthy of my father, nor of Germany and Europe, ' said Walter, 53, who with his brother Peter are from Kohl's first marriage.
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Following Saturday's ceremony in Strasbourg, Kohl's coffin was transported by helicopter to Germany and then taken down the Rhine river to Speyer, with thousands of people lining the roads and riverbanks to bid their farewell.
Speakers at the ceremony will include Parliament President Antonio Tajani, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González, former US President Bill Clinton, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
More than 2,000 police have been on duty in Strasbourg.
Three wreaths were placed in front of the casket - one in the colours of the Federal Republic of Germany, another in the name of the European Union, and the third in the name of Mr Kohl's wife Maike Kohl-Richter.
That decision has been criticised by Walter Kohl, Mr Kohl's son by his first wife, who wanted a farewell ceremony near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, near the site of the former Berlin Wall.
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