Germany’s Helmut Kohl dies, aged 87

Helmut Kohl, Germany’s ex-chancellor and architect of reunification in 1990, has died at 87, German media say.

He died at his house in Ludwigshafen, in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Bild newspaper reports.

Mr Kohl led Germany for 16 years (from 1982 to 1998). He is credited with bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Together with his French ally President Francois Mitterrand, he was responsible for the introduction of the euro.

Mr Kohl, who led the centre-right Christian Democrats, was the longest-serving German chancellor of the 20th Century.

In the UK, he is remembered for his differences over the EU with the late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

 

BBC

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