Merkel hails Oppermann's 'outstanding services' after sudden death

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has expressed sadness at the unexpected death of leading Social Democrat Party (SPD) lawmaker Thomas Oppermann.”For many years I have valued him as a reliable and fair social democratic partner” in her coalitions with the SPD, her spokesman Steffen Seibert quotes her as saying.As a parliamentary group leader, Oppermann had “rendered outstanding services to our parliament in turbulent times,” Merkel said.

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