Europe

Roman Herzog, Germany's president in the 1990s, dies at 82

  • FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2015 file photo former German President Roman Herzog arrives for the official memorial service for former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in Hamburg, northern Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

    FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2015 file photo former German President Roman Herzog arrives for the official memorial service for former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in Hamburg, northern Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 23, 1999 file photo German President Roman Herzog stands under a chandelier in Bellevue castle in Berlin. Herzog has died, German President Joachim Gauck confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. He was 82. (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)

    FILE - In this June 23, 1999 file photo German President Roman Herzog stands under a chandelier in Bellevue castle in Berlin. Herzog has died, German President Joachim Gauck confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. He was 82. (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 30, 1999 file photo German President Roman smiles during the presentation of his book titled "Courage for Renewal" in Bellevue castle in Berlin. Herzog has died, German President Joachim Gauck confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. He was 82.  (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)

    FILE - In this June 30, 1999 file photo German President Roman smiles during the presentation of his book titled "Courage for Renewal" in Bellevue castle in Berlin. Herzog has died, German President Joachim Gauck confirmed Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. He was 82. (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)  (The Associated Press)

Roman Herzog, who as president pressed Germany to embrace economic reform in the 1990s and also stressed the importance of remembering the Nazi Holocaust, has died. He was 82.

Current President Joachim Gauck paid tribute Tuesday to Herzog, whom he described as "a distinctive personality."

Herzog served as the chief justice of Germany's highest court before winning the presidency in 1994, four years after reunification.

He was one of the first leaders to address Germany's resistance to reform and its growing economic stagnation at a time when Chancellor Helmut Kohl's 16-year tenure was coming to a close. Germany was struggling with double-digit unemployment, amid worries that its labor market was too inflexible.