DW's former editor-in-chief, Alexander Kudascheff, pays tribute to Germany's longest-serving chancellor.
Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl has died at the age of 87. As Germany's leader for 16 years, he is remembered for reuniting the country and for making a huge political and economic contribution to Europe's integration.
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.
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