Helmut Kohl

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Helmut Kohl
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Chancellor of Germany
(West Germany until 1990)
In office
1 October 1982 – 27 October 1998
PresidentKarl Carstens
Richard von Weizsäcker
Roman Herzog
DeputyHans-Dietrich Genscher
Jürgen Möllemann
Klaus Kinkel
Preceded byHelmut Schmidt
Succeeded byGerhard Schröder
Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
19 May 1969 – 2 December 1976
Preceded byPeter Altmeier
Succeeded byBernhard Vogel
Personal details
Helmut Josef Michael Kohl

(1930-04-03)3 April 1930
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Died16 June 2017(2017-06-16) (aged 87)
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Political partyChristian Democratic Union
Spouse(s)Hannelore Renner (1960–2001); her death
Maike Richter (2008–2017)
Alma materHeidelberg University
Helmut Kohl in 1987

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[change | change source]

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