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Helmut Kohl, Former Chancellor Of Germany Who Unified Nation After Berlin Wall, Dead At 87


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Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor of Germany, has died at the age of 87. He died in his home in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Kohl, who served from 1982 to 1998, made him the longest serving German chancellor since Bismarck.

Kohl, who was born on April 3, 1930, was a German statesman, who served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998  and as the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union from 1973 to 1998.

Kohl’s 16-year tenure as German Chancellor was the longest of any German Chancellor since Otto von Bismarck and the longest of any democratically elected Chancellor. Kohl oversaw the end of the Cold War and is widely regarded as the one most responsible for of German reunification after the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.

43rd President of the United States George Bush referred to Kohl as “the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century”.

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