He was one of the architects of German reunification and the single European currency, but was also a key figure in a slush fund scandal that shook Germany's political establishment to its core. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has certainly left his mark on the German and European political landscapes, but public opinion is split on him.
Now, thirty years after he was first elected chancellor, Germany is reassessing his political legacy.
For 16 years, from 1982 to 1998, Helmut Kohl was at the helm of Germany. During his years in power, Kohl was admired for his political talent and stamina, but was also the target of satire for his provincial background and imposing stature.
His determination to achieve German reunification and his unfaltering support for European integration won him respect and admiration in Germany and beyond. However, there were others who put his achievements down to pure opportunism and say he just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
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