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.
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.
Helmut Kohl, who died today aged 87, leaves behind an economic legacy which was, at times, controversial. He's respected as the father of the European Union and the common currency, the euro. However, his handling of the reunification of Germany was contentious, especially for East Germans who say mass unemployment and economic hardship.