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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

Helmut Kohl dies at 87

Berlin, 17 June, (

Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor, massive girth on a 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) frame, whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, died Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen. He was 87.

He held powers as German Chancellor for 16 years.Kohl, who served as chancellor from 1982 until 1998, oversaw the reunification of East and West Germany during his time in office.

"A life has ended and the person who lived it will go down in history" said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking from Rome. "It will take some time, however, until we can truly judge what we have lost in him. Helmut Kohl was a great German and a great European."

President Donald Trump said Kohl was "a friend and ally to the United States as he led the Federal Republic of Germany through 16 pivotal years. He was not only the father of German reunification, but also an advocate for Europe and the trans-Atlantic relationship."

"The world has benefited from his vision and efforts. His legacy will live on," he said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin credited Kohl with "playing a key role in putting an end to the Cold War and with the reunification of Germany."

As head of the Christian Democratic Union between 1973 and 1998, he was initially chancellor of West Germany before later becoming the first leader of the unified state.

German newspaper ‘Bild’ reports that Kohl died at his house in Ludwigshafen, in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Friday.

Kohl became involved in politics at an early age, joining the CDU youth organization in 1947. He studied political science at the University of Heidelberg and earned a doctorate degree in 1958. A year later, he was elected to the Rhineland Palatinate state legislature.

In 1969 he became prime minister of the Rhineland State and he took over the reins of the CDU four years later. He ran for chancellor in 1976 but lost to Helmut Schmidt. Kohl eventually took power in 1982 at the helm of a coalition government.

After 16 years in power, Kohl’s CDU was defeated in the election in 1998. Three years later he was charged with accepting illegal contributions and was fined.

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