Helmut Kohl, RIP

Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998, winner of four general elections, Helmut Kohl had political weight and enjoyed throwing it about — it helped that he had the physique of a steamroller. The re-unification of West and East Germany happened during his watch, and it was probably the biggest political surprise of post-war Europe. At the beginning of 1989, the year the Berlin Wall came down, Kohl himself was still not anticipating the historic change at hand. Kohl shared the common assumption that Mikhael Gorbachev, general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, would declare a state of emergency and Read More …

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