The elites pressured her into relenting…
They would rather browbeat a widow into submission than allow her to choose who can speak at her own husband’s funeral.
Orban, not Merkel, was supposed to speak at Kohl memorial: report
The EU has announced a memorial service for July 1st for Kohl, widely regarded as the father of German reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall and a key figure in European integration.
He died on Friday aged 87.
Maike Kohl-Richter, the former chancellor’s second wife, wanted only foreign dignitaries to speak during the ceremony, according to the weekly magazine Spiegel.
Among them is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of the last public figures to hold talks with Kohl, and who is a strident critic of Merkel’s refugee policy.
Kohl-Richter relented only after being warned against creating a scandal, Spiegel said.