Merkel Pays Tribute To Kohl As Great German, European

Michele Moreno
June 20, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, "I express deep sorrow on the passing of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl". He was previously state president for Rhineland-Palatinate for seven years. He led the country from 1982 to 1998, first for West Germany and then all of a unified Germany. He was previously married to Hannelore Renner in 1960, who committed suicide due to an unbearable medical condition. The changeover was seen by many (including Kohl) as the mainspring of the post-war German "miracle" which returned the country both economically and politically to the first echelon of internationally significant nations.

Kohl has also received an array of awards for his political achievements.

In his years as a ruler, he established a close friendship with the late French President François Mitterrand, and also linked him with Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the former Soviet Union.

Kohl's first attempt to unseat Social Democratic Chancellor Helmut Schmidt failed in 1976, but Kohl seized his chance six years later, taking power on October 1, 1982, when a junior coalition party switched sides.

Mr Kohl was the second person to be anointed, alongside the EU's founding father Jean Monnet, as an "Honorary Citizen of Europe", by a summit of...

"Kohl was the leader who united Germany with a determined and steady hand". Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush have praised Kohl, calling him "the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century".

"When a new spirit began to stir in eastern Europe in the 1980s, when, starting in Poland freedom was seized, when fearless people in Leipzig, East Berlin and elsewhere in East Germany began a peaceful revolution, then Helmut Kohl was the right man at the right time", added Merkel, wearing black.

Other reports by Insurance News

Discuss This Article