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Former German chancellor Kohl dies at 87

19 June 2017, 04:36 | Taylor George

"His legacy will live on". But in 1999, when it emerged Kohl had been misusing funds to give his friends kickbacks, Merkel stunned Germany by denouncing him in a front page article for a top conservative newspaper.

In October 1982, Helmut Kohl was elected Chancellor in the coalition government of the CDU-FDP.

Gorbachev, 86, paid special tribute to the way Kohl led Germany through the process of reunification, which was "not without risk".

"The crucial thing is what comes out at the end", he famously said in 1984. Far from focusing on his achievements as one of Europe's most towering statesmen, critics raked over the hidden inner workings of his private life.

He entrenched Germany in a wider Europe, in the hope of achieving a unity and peace that the continent had never known before.

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

An imposing figure who formed a close relationship with French president François Mitterrand in pushing for closer European integration, Mr Kohl had been frail and wheelchair-bound since suffering a bad fall in 2008. "History continues to prove that he delivered", he said.

Flowers lie in front of the Kohl's home in Oggersheim, Germany on Friday.

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Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili also offered his condolences to the German people.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to speak around 1700 GMT in Rome. "In Russia, he will be remembered as a principled advocate of friendly relations between our countries", Putin said.

He won voters in bleak communist East Germany by promising them "flourishing landscapes".

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Clinton said: "He was called upon to answer some of the most monumental questions of his time, and in answering them correctly he made possible the reunification of a strong, prosperous Germany and the creation of the European Union".

Bush had worked closely with Kohl as president from 1989-1993 during the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification.

Kohl is also considered to be the architect of the Maastricht Treaty, which established the European Union.

There was an inquiry regarding the party's funding, but Helmut Kohl refused to reveal the names of the donors.

Kohl was reluctant to view united Germany as a major power because of its Nazi past. Yeltsin and Kohl had become friends, she said. The German flag flys at half-mast at the Reichstag in Berlin.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed "great sadness" on the passing of former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, saying that "today's Europe is a product of his (Kohl's) vision and his tenacity, in the face of enormous obstacles".

"The man I consider one of the greatest leaders in post-War Europe".

"We have lost the father of modern Germany", she said in a statement.

My mentor, my friend, the very essence of Europe, he will be greatly, greatly missed.

She said Kohl understood that there was a "historic chance" to overcome Germany's decades-long division, and seized it. Chancellor Kohl, recalls Cardinal Marx was a regular guest of the Katholikentag. Kohl mentored current chancellor Angela Merkel, appointing her minister in 1991.

Elation over German reunification ebbed amid the harsh realities of its cost and the difficulties of integrating east and west, but Kohl's coalition squeaked by again in 1994.



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