Netanyahu praises former German leader Helmut Kohl following news of death

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl on the shore of Lake Tegernsee in Bad Wiessee southern Germany
Helmut Kohl, German reunifier, dies
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26 June, 2017

"Helmut Kohl was a great German and a great European".

East Germany, who were separated post World War II.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker "it's clear for all to see Kohl's historic role in the reunification of Germany just a year after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the historic path he took Europe on by shepherding so well the reunification of Germany".

Kohl served as chancellor for 16 years - from 1982 to 1998 - and was Germany's longest-serving leader since 1945. He ruled his Christian Democratic party as if it were a personal domain.

"We are in sorrow", the party tweeted.

But that was not the image that emerged in many eulogies.

Trump adds: "His legacy will live on".

Kohl was weak and had used a wheelchair since suffering a bad fall in 2008.

A year after he was dropped by the CDU, Mr Kohl's first wife Hannelore, who suffered from a debilitating allergy to light, committed suicide. She was later accused of limiting access to him and his archives.

"In the 1990s, which were so hard for our country, Mr. Kohl was honest in his attempts to help us cope with both economic and political turbulence surfacing after the Soviet Union's collapse". Like them, he made his overriding goal the rebuilding of Germany within a united Europe.

Under heavy pressure in 1989 he negotiated with the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union and secured a peaceful and stable Germany reunification, Deutsche Presse Agentur reported. He served in the Rhineland-Palatinate legislature from 1959 to 1976, and served as minister-president of the same state from 1969 to 1976.

"When the Berlin Wall fell, he rose to the occasion, a true European".

But, unlike other great leaders, Khol had built close friendships with other world leaders, which in turn helped him persuade leaders of both anti-communist West and the communist East to back reunification of Germany.

The head of the International Monetary Fund is expressing sadness at the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Kohl is widely credited as the architect of their eventual reunification, brokering a deal with Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev including an undisclosed sum estimated at around 50 to 80 billion marks paid from West Germany to the Soviet Union.

When Yeltsin passed away in 2007, Kohl called his death a heavy loss, saying that he remembered "with pleasure our honest and politically priceless meetings, during which he proved himself to be a reliable partner and a true friend".

Not long after former Chancellor Kohl passed, the CDU uploaded a photo of him on its official Twitter account and wrote, "We mourn".

"I knew at that moment that Helmut Kohl was the man who could help them realize their dreams". His oldest brother, Walter, was killed in action a few months earlier. Later, he fed ammunition to anti-aircraft guns in the Bavarian Alps.

Kohl, 87, died Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Kohl's birthplace and long-term home of Ludwigshafen and the nearby town of Speyer, where he spent time as a child, are under consideration. "In Russia, he will be remembered as a principled advocate of friendly relations between our countries", Putin said. She had been profoundly disturbed by his refusal to identify anonymous donors in the party financing scandal that ended his political career, Schwan said.

Helmut Kohl was one of a trio of dominant western conservative politicians along with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher whose concerted efforts helped change the course of history by ending Cold War politics.


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