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6/16/17

Germany: Helmut Kohl, father of German reunification, and great statesman dies

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the architect of German reunification, died on Friday (16 June), the mass-selling newspaper Bild reported. He was 87.

Bild reported in its online edition that Kohl died in the morning in his home in Ludwigshafen, in western Germany.

“We mourn,” Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) tweeted with a picture of the former chancellor.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote on Twitter, “Helmut’s death hurts me deeply. My mentor, my friend, the very essence of Europe, he will be greatly, greatly missed.”

“I hope we have the same courage, patience and determination to address the challenges facing Europe as steadfastly as Helmut Kohl did,” Juncker said in a statement.

Read more: Helmut Kohl, father of German reunification, dies – Bild newspaper – EURACTIV.com

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