When I was the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO several years ago, my wife and I would occasionally visit Cologne, Germany

The region is notable for a variety of historical reasons, but especially as the heart of the ancient Holy Roman Empire. 

Nearby Aachen is the burial site of Emperor Charlemagne, who died in AD 814 and is famously known as the Father of Europe for having helped stop Islamic invasions well over a millennium ago. 

James Stavridis Bloomberg 5 October 2018

Holy Roman Empire


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