“It is true that the political and social upheavals of 1989/90, resulting from the pent-up desires for freedom boiling over in Central and Eastern Europe, could not have been contained any longer anyway. But historic moments like this need not just the will of the masses, but also the vision of the individual. Helmut Kohl is one of the visionaries of European politics. He was one of those who saw the sign of the times and knew how to seize the moment. Not everyone thought that vision was self-evident then,” said Poland’s State Secretary Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, former Foreign Minister and current foreign policy advisor to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, in his tribute to the Award winner.