Helmut Kohl served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998 and as the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 1973 to 1998.
His 16-year tenure was the longest of any head of government in post-war Germany. He is widely regarded as the architect of German reunification, and played a pivotal role in establishing the European Union, through the Maastricht Treaty. Recent DW content concerning Kohl is collated below.
Hungarian PM Orban and the former German leader have said they are fully in agreement with the aims of Chancellor Merkel's refugee policy. Their statement comes after a meeting that caused some disapproval in Berlin.
Germany's former chancellor, Helmut Kohl, is currently convalescing in a Heidelberg hospital following two operations. His office has now confirmed the media reports, but has not said whether he is in intensive care.