Helmut Kohl has died

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He will certainly be remembered as one of the most influential European leaders of the twentieth century - his decisive actions after the fall of the Berlin Wall hastening German unity, when international opinion across the Cold War divide favoured the continuation of the two Germanies. Also, the Kohl-Mitterand axis was the driving force behind the creation of the euro, pushing from the loose EMS structures to the launch of the single currency.

https://www.rte.ie/news/europe/2017/0616/883334-helmut-kohl-death/
 


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He will certainly be remembered as one of the most influential European leaders of the twentieth century - his decisive actions after the fall of the Berlin Wall hastening German unity, when international opinion across the Cold War divide favoured the continuation of the two Germanies. Also, the Kohl-Mitterand axis was the driving force behind the creation of the euro, pushing from the loose EMS structures to the launch of the single currency.

https://www.rte.ie/news/europe/2017/0616/883334-helmut-kohl-death/
RIP. A colossus of German and EU politics of the 80s. His handclasp with Mitterrand at Verdun must rank as amongst the most iconic images of all times.

I always recall German friends slagging off his German as the worst they'd ever heard.

http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Content/DE/Bilderstrecken/Mediathek/Bildergalerien/2013-01-04-50-jahre-elysee-vertrag.html?docId=62008&notFirst=true
 

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One of the more appalling germans responsible for de-manning an entire generation of his own countrymen.

You could also add one of the bollixes responsible for the cheap credit boom that caused Irelands financial woes.
 

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He will certainly be remembered as one of the most influential European leaders of the twentieth century - his decisive actions after the fall of the Berlin Wall hastening German unity, when international opinion across the Cold War divide favoured the continuation of the two Germanies. Also, the Kohl-Mitterand axis was the driving force behind the creation of the euro, pushing from the loose EMS structures to the launch of the single currency.

https://www.rte.ie/news/europe/2017/0616/883334-helmut-kohl-death/
And to the current mess that is the Euro zone.
 

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He was a political giant and hugely influential statesman. May he rest in peace.
 

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He will certainly be remembered as one of the most influential European leaders of the twentieth century - his decisive actions after the fall of the Berlin Wall hastening German unity, when international opinion across the Cold War divide favoured the continuation of the two Germanies. Also, the Kohl-Mitterand axis was the driving force behind the creation of the euro, pushing from the loose EMS structures to the launch of the single currency.

https://www.rte.ie/news/europe/2017/0616/883334-helmut-kohl-death/

For that piece of German Imperialism alone and the new generations destroyed by German desire for utter european hegemony may he rot in hell
 

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He was a political giant and hugely influential statesman. May he rest in peace.
You are correct.
Unfortunately 99.9% of his influence was utterly malignant.
 

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a lot of Germans thought he was a bit of an oik among the reasons was he didn't speak English, his name means cabbage in German which gave them options to ridicule him. If I remember correctly he was one of the early pushers for the Euro stating it would be a bit of a mess but that it would work out , don't know if he changed his mind :rolleyes:
He once trolled Thatcher with some local cuisine (pigs trotters) her majesty was not amused.
 

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I always felt it was a name of a porn star.
 

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He wanted closer European integration which has led to the loss of nation status, maybe that wasn't his intention but that's exactly what has happened under his current successor.
 

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As an elder statesman, Kohl continued to receive recognition. In May 2011, he was awarded the Henry Kissinger Prize for exceptional contributions to transatlantic relations. Former US President Bill Clinton called him "the most important European statesman since the Second World War."

Shortly before his death, Kohl received yet another notable tribute when the Federal Republic of Germany issued a special stamp in his honor. It shows Kohl's face, spread across 12 square centimeters and captioned "Chancellor of reunification - honorary citizen of Europe."

Helmut Kohl would not have called himself the perfect politicians - and neither would his Christian Democratic colleagues, but he will go down in history as chancellor of reunification and major promoter of a united Europe.
Very good article detailing the political life of the man over at Deutsche Welle:

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl dies, aged 87 | Germany | DW | 16.06.2017
 

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He wanted closer European integration which has led to the loss of nation status, maybe that wasn't his intention but that's exactly what has happened under his current successor.
tbf that was the project all along and still is.
 

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Whatever his intentions or not the idea of closer European unity and loss of sovereignty is a complete farce and needs to be all dismantled accordingly, we need to get our freedom back from this dictorial bloc.
 

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His legacy: Ever deeper EU integration, the Euro and Angela Merkel. RIP.
 
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Whatever his intentions or not the idea of closer European unity and loss of sovereignty is a complete farce and needs to be all dismantled accordingly, we need to get our freedom back from this dictorial bloc.

Article 50, what a bright idea. :D
 

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If I recall correctly, his wife committed suicide some years ago, shortly after he left office.

It was very sad, they should have been able to enjoy their retirement together.

RIP
 

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If I recall correctly, his wife committed suicide some years ago, shortly after he left office.

It was very sad, they should have been able to enjoy their retirement together.

RIP
I'd heard she had died sometime ago - I didn't realise she committed suicide.
 

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One of the more appalling germans responsible for de-manning an entire generation of his own countrymen.

You could also add one of the bollixes responsible for the cheap credit boom that caused Irelands financial woes.
Not nearly as big a bollix as you are yourself.
 


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