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Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, passes away at 87

Kohl's 16-year tenure as chancellor stretched from 1982 to 1998

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Helmut Kohl. Photo: Twitter
Helmut Kohl. Photo: Twitter

Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put at the heart of a united Europe, has died at 87.

Kohl's posted on Twitter: "We are in sorrow. #RIP #HelmutKohl."


The German newspaper Bild reported that Kohl died today at his home in Ludwigshafen.

Kohl's 16-year tenure as chancellor stretched from 1982 to 1998.

He combined a dogged pursuit of European unity with a keen instinct for history following the November 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

Kohl spearheaded, less than a year later, the end of Germany's division at the front line of the Cold War.

Former US President once described Kohl as "the most important European statesman since World War II.

First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 01:24 IST
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