Helmut Kohl

Helmut Kohl
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Personal details
Born
Helmut Josef Michael Kohl

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Ludwigshafen, Bavaria, Weimar Republic
Died16 June 2017(2017-06-16) (aged 87)
Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Resting placeCathedral Chapter Cemetery, Speyer
Political partyChristian Democratic Union
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Alma materHeidelberg University
SignatureHelmut Kohl's signature

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (3 April 1930 – 16 June 2017) was a German CDU politician. He was the last Chancellor of West Germany, and he stayed in office after reunification as the first Chancellor of a united Germany.

From 1969 to 1976 he was the Minister President of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and from 1982 to 1998 Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Kohl helped to arrange the process of German reunification and participated considerably in the European unity process. A pro-EU conservative, he was often compared to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, two other leaders with similar views in the 1980s. In 1998, he retired as Chancellor, as the SPD won the election. His replacement was Gerhard Schröeder.

His involvement with the CDU donation affair, and in particular offences against party law is open to question.

Kohl died on the morning of Friday, 16 June 2017 in his hometown of Ludwigshafen, aged 87.[1]

References

  1. "Obituary: Helmut Kohl". BBC News. 16 June 2017.

Notes

  1. From 1 October 1982 to 2 October 1990, Helmut Kohl was Federal Chancellor of West Germany only. From 3 October 1990 until 27 October 1998, he was Federal Chancellor of the reunified Germany.