Thursday 17 August 2017

Germany's 'reunification chancellor' Helmut Kohl has died at 87

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl
Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl
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Former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, has died at 87

Helmut Kohl was the architect of German reunification in 1990 and a driving force behind European integration.

Referred to as the "father of unification", he was served Germany as chancellor for 16 years.

He introduced the Euro currency, along with former French President Francois Mitterrand.

Mr Kohl mentored current German chancellor and his successor of the Christian Democrats, Angela Merkel.

He retired from public politics in 2002 and since 2008 has been wheelchair-bound.

His death was announced by German newspaper Bild.

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