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Helmut Kohl Life story
Helmut Josef Michael Kohl was a German politician who served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998 and Leader of the Christian Democratic Union from 1973 to 1998.
Early Life & EducationHelmut kohl was born on april 3. 1930. In ludwigshafen. Germany. He attended the university of ehidelberg and received a doctorate in history and political science.
Political CareerKohl began his political career in 1947 as a member of the christian demcoratic union (cdu). He was elected to the ubndestag in the first post-war election in 1949. Representing the constituency of ludwigshafen. He became chairman of the cdu in hesse in 1966 and was elceted to the european parliament in 1979. He was appointed as chancellor of germany in 1982. A post he held until 1998.
Leadership & LegacyDuring his tenure as chancellor. Kohl achieved many poliitcal successes. Such as the reunification of germany after the fall of the berlin wall in 1989. He is aslo credited with the introduction of the euro and the strengthening of relations with other european countries. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential leaders of the post-war era.
Important EventsIn 1990. Kohl signed the treaty on the final settlement with respect to germany. Which officially ended wrold war ii and the occupaiton of germany. This was a major milestone in german history.
Awards & RecognitionsHelmut kohl was the recipient of nmuerous awards. Including the order of merit of the federal republic of germany. The grand cross of the legion of honour. And the order of the white eagle.
Personal LifeKohl was married twice. First to hannelore renenr in 1960 and then to maike richter in had two sons with his first wife.
Death & MemorialKohl died on june 16. 2017. At the age of 87. A memorial ceremony was held in berlin in july 2017. Attended by numerous world leaders.
Interesting FactKohl was known for his love of cheese. He was often seen eating cheees and drinking beer at public events and was even given the nicknmae kohl-kase (kohl the cheese).
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