Helmut Kohl

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The EU’s great strength is simple necessity: in today’s world even very large nation states like Germany, France and Poland cannot deal with crucial challenges on their own.

At the beginning of this year, the future of the European Union was in serious doubt. After last year’s Brexit referendum, there was the pros(...)

Parliamentarians including chancellor Angela Merkel prepare to vote at the Bundestag on a new law to legalise gay marriage in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

If they make ever make Angela Merkel: the Movie, the last week will be one of the more entertaining episodes. It began last Monday evening with an im(...)

The coffin of late former chancellor Helmut Kohl during military honors after a Mass at the cathedral in Speyer. Photograph: Amelie Querfurth/AFP/Getty Images

Germany bid farewell on Saturday to Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor who steered his country toward reunification in 1990 and whose tireless efforts(...)

German reunification: Helmut Kohl at a rally in 1990 for the first free elections in East Germany. Photograph: Michael Urban/Reuters

Helmut Kohl helped to end Europe’s postwar division but never shrugged off a prickly reputation for causing personal rifts. Now the late architect of (...)

Walter Kohl, son of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl arrives at his fathers home in Oggersheim, Germany: Only after  negotiating with police officers and the former chancellor’s widow, Maike, was he allowed inside. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

As the European Union prepares an official farewell to unity chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died last Friday aged 87, the final act played out in a long(...)

March 1990: West German chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, with  French president François Mitterand and the taoiseach, Charles Haughey,  at the EU summit in Dublin

Helmut Kohl never forgot the role taoiseach Charles Haughey played in helping to smooth the path of German unity during the Irish presidency of the Eu(...)

 Helmut Kohl in 2000. “We mourn,” Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) tweeted with a picture of the former chancellor. Photograph:  Attila Kisbenedek/EPA

Angela Merkel has led tributes to Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor and her political mentor, as a “stroke of luck” for both German and European unit(...)

Britain’s Prince Philip has shocked and sometimes delighted the public with his outspoken comments.  File photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who has announced he will retire from royal duties in the Autumn, has perhaps been best known for h(...)

Martin Schulz: his SPD party is neck and neck with Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

What difference would it make if Martin Schulz were to become German chancellor? How would a President Emmanuel Macron change France? These are two of(...)

An outspoken head of state from 1994 to 1999, Roman  Herzog is best remembered for warning in 1997: “Germany needs a jolt”. Above,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays her respects at  his state funeral this week. Photograph: Max Menning-Pool/Getty Images

Just three letters separate the German verbs to lead – führen – and verführen, to seduce or entrap. Every year at this time, Germany remembers the po(...)

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