Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) has praised the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Soviet President Michael Gorbachev as a "man of peace". "The end of the Cold War and German reunification would have been unthinkable without him. We mourn the loss of Mikhail Gorbachev, a man of peace to whom Germany owes a lot," Kretschmer wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. Gorbachev received the Dresden Prize, an international peace prize, in 2010. The politician died in Moscow on Tuesday at the age of 91.
"For many people in the GDR, the policy initiated by Gorbachev was a signal to stand up and fight for a democratic transformation of their country. Suddenly the evil caricature of 'the Russian' changed for the better," stressed SPD politician Frank Richter. German unity would not have happened without Gorbachev's consent.