For 16 years, Helmut Kohl led Germany – including through the process of reunification. A passionate supporter of Europe, the conservative politician divided opinion among artists and intellectuals.
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl will be buried in the southwestern town of Speyer, a site of symbolic importance to a statesman who was forever keen to be seen as putting Franco-German ties first.
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl's funeral plans have become subject to controversy after his widow tried to bar Chancellor Angela Merkel from speaking at the memorial. She said, however, she was trying to honor his wishes.
Neither Helmut Kohl nor his widow wanted anything to do with a German state burial. This arrogant attitude reveals a unsettling insight into Kohl's view of his own role in the unification process, says Jens Thurau.
DW's former editor-in-chief, Alexander Kudascheff, pays tribute to Germany's longest-serving chancellor.
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