Helmut Kohl (Ludwigshafen am Rhein, land of Rhineland-Palatinate, 1930) studied History and Political Science at the University of Heidelberg, and at the age of 15 entered the youth of the newly founded Christian Democratic Party (CDU).
Kohl has been a part of both the divided Germany as well as the reunited Germany.
He helped a Germany that was split during the Cold War between a capitalist west and a communist east make the traumatic transition to a unified democracy.
A left-leaning German newspaper is apologising for a front-page headline on the death of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl that some considered distasteful.
The first monetary adventure, which significantly shaped his life as an 18-year-old, was the 1948 establishment of the Deustche mark, replacing the war-shattered Reichsmark.
Mr Kohl was the second person to be anointed, alongside the EU's founding father Jean Monnet, as an "Honorary Citizen of Europe", by a summit of...
A photograph showing Kohl holding hands with French president François Mitterrand at the Douaumont cemetery in Verdun became the defining symbol of Franco-German conciliation after decades of bloody conflict between the two countries.
Kohl led Germany for 16 years and is credited with bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Chinese government and people always treasure the friendship between the Chinese and German people, and are willing to work with the German side to create a better future for the China-Germany relations. "He never accepted the division of our country, but managed to launch its reunification with force and resolution".