Helmut Kohl, father of German reunification, dies at 87

Kohl was the driving force who promoted the introduction of a European official currency
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16/06/2017
15:45
Berlin
EFE and Reuters
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The former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, architect of the German reunification, has passed at 87 years old, informed on Friday the Bild journal.

Kohl was German Chancellor from 1982 to 1998 and was also the motor who promoted the introduction of a European official currency, convincing skeptical Germans to give up the mark.

Since he suffered a fall and head trauma in 2008, Kohl was bounded to a wheelchair and had a fragile health condition, preventing him from getting involved in public life.

“We are grieving. Rest In Peace,” posted the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) on its Twitter account, confirming the death of the politician.

The Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) posted on Twitter:

“We are mourning over former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Kohl was a great statesman, his achievements are invaluable for our country.”

Kohl jumped into national politics in 1976, when he was the leader of the opposition and took office as Chancellor in 1982 when he won a censorship motion against the Social Democrat Helmut Schmidt.

Mexico released a statement through the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE), lamenting the death of the former German leader.

Mexico expressed to the people and government of Germany, as well as the Kohl family, its condolences and testimony of solidarity, announced the Secretariat.

Helmut Kohl did an official visit to Mexico in 1984, an event which consolidated the relations between both nations.

His second visit to the country was during the 1986 FIFA Worl Cup hosted by Mexico, mentioned the SRE.

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