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Ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl, father of German reunification, dies aged 87

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Ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl, father of German reunification, dies aged 87

Post  Lamplighter on Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:25 pm

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, a colossus of contemporary European history who was celebrated as the father of German reunification and an architect of European integration, died on Friday at the age of 87.

Germany's longest serving post-war leader died in his house in Ludwigshafen, in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Kohl was the longest serving German Chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, and the longest serving of any democratically elected German leader.

He was Chancellor between 1982 and 1998, having previously served as Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate. He also reigned as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) for almost three decades, from 1973 until his resignation in 2000.

He stepped down as leader of the conservative party in 2000 over an expenses scandal. He refused to give the names of donors to the party to an inquiry into party funding, saying he had given his word of honour, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

His crowning achievement was overseeing the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.

https://www.thelocal.de/20170616/ex-chancellor-helmut-kohl-dies-report

RIP Herr Kohl. Lamplighter
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Post  bb1 on Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:33 pm

A true statesman.

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