The unexpected death of SPD politician Tomas Oppermann caused great concern. Not only party friends paid tribute to Lower Saxony: union politicians were also appalled.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) was appalled and deeply saddened by the sudden death of Thomas Oppermann, vice-president of the Bundestag. “I have valued him for years as a reliable and honest social democratic partner in grand coalitions,” she said, government spokesman Steffen Seibert. As Vice-President of the Bundestag, Oppermann “had rendered excellent services to our Parliament in turbulent times”. Merkel expressed his condolences to Oppermann’s family.
SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans was also deeply shocked by the death of Oppermann. “A big shock to all of us,” Walter-Borjans wrote on Twitter. Katja Mast, deputy party leader of the SPD, told Chillreport: “I am very sad. It is bad and incomprehensible. Thomas Oppermann was a clear politician and a generalist. As group chairman and recently vice president, he has always maintained the values. of our democracy. My deepest condolences go to his family. ”
66-year-old Oppermann collapsed on Sunday evening while working on TV with ZDF and was hospitalized. At the end of August, Oppermann announced that he would not re-run in the upcoming general election. From 2013 to 2017 he was chairman of the SPD group.
Top of the CDU and CSU pay tribute to Thomas Oppermann
Leading politicians from the CDU and CSU also paid tribute to the SPD politician. His sudden death was a shock, CSU boss Markus Söder wrote on Twitter. “He was a great and committed Democrat.” CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said: “The news of Thomas Oppermann’s death shakes us and makes us sad. We now think mainly of his wife and children.” The CDU had dealt with and discussed the matter with Oppermann in many rounds. “Thomas Oppermann was always a staunch Democrat and a sincere Social Democrat. He will be missing.”
Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU) was stunned. He and Oppermann were simultaneously parliamentary directors of their groups. “The conflict between the government and the opposition turned into friendship: we moved a lot,” he wrote of the SPD politician. “You were a great Democrat and a very good guy.” The candidate for the CDU presidency, Friedrich Merz, was also shocked. Oppermann was a controversial and prominent colleague of the Bundestag, he wrote.