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Helmut Kohl
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Chancellor of Germany
(West Germany until 1990)
In office
1 October 1982 – 27 October 1998
President Karl Carstens
Richard von Weizsäcker
Roman Herzog
Deputy Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Jürgen Möllemann
Klaus Kinkel
Preceded by Helmut Schmidt
Succeeded by Gerhard Schröder
Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
19 May 1969 – 2 December 1976
Preceded by Peter Altmeier
Succeeded by Bernhard Vogel
Personal details
Helmut Josef Michael Kohl

(1930-04-03)3 April 1930
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Died 16 June 2017(2017-06-16) (aged 87)
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Political party Christian Democratic Union
Spouse(s) Hannelore Renner (1960–2001); her death
Maike Richter (2008–2017)
Children 2
Alma mater Heidelberg University

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (3 April 1930 – 16 June 2017) was a German CDU politician.

From 1969 to 1976 he was the Minister President of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and from 1982 to 1998 Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Kohl helped to arrange the process of German reunification and participated considerably in the European unity process.

His involvement with the CDU donation affair, and in particular offences against party law is open to question.

Kohl died on the morning of Friday, 16 June 2017 in his hometown of Ludwigshafen, aged 87.

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