Italy pays tribute to Helmut Kohl

  • Italy pays tribute to Helmut Kohl

Italy pays tribute to Helmut Kohl

He is credited with bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Although no date for the tribute has been announced, it could reportedly take place at the headquarters of the European Parliament in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, near the German border.

"Chancellor Kohl, that great statesman and convinced European, worked with far-sightedness and dedication for the good of the German people and those in neighboring European countries".

Kohl has been a part of both the divided Germany as well as the reunited Germany.

The two men also met privately after Kohl stepped down as chancellor in 1998.

In his years as a ruler, he established a close friendship with the late French President François Mitterrand, and also linked him with Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the former Soviet Union.

A left-leaning German newspaper is apologising for a front-page headline on the death of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl that some considered distasteful.

Kohl, a Catholic, served as chancellor of West Germany, and then of Germany, from 1982 to 1998.

Present leaders of the world have expressed their condolences on the death of Germany's revolutionary leader, who led his country for 16 long years.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has ordered flags at EU institutions to be flown at half-mast.

A passionate believer in European integration, he persuaded Germans to give up their cherished deutschmark in favour of the European single currency.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, once Kohl's protegee, said Germans could be grateful for the trust her predecessor established with other nations' leaders, "from Washington to Moscow, from Paris to Warsaw".