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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[a]
President Karl Carstens
Richard von Weizsäcker
Roman Herzog
Vice Chancellor Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Jürgen Möllemann
Klaus Kinkel
Preceded by Helmut Schmidt
Succeeded by Gerhard Schröder
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
12 June 1973 – 7 November 1998
General Secretary Kurt Biedenkopf
Heiner Geißler
Volker Rühe
Peter Hintze
Preceded by Rainer Barzel
Succeeded by Wolfgang Schäuble
Leader of the CDU/CSU Group in the Bundestag
In office
13 December 1976 – 4 October 1982
First Deputy Friedrich Zimmermann
Preceded by Karl Carstens
Succeeded by Alfred Dregger
Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
19 May 1969 – 2 December 1976
Deputy Otto Meyer
Preceded by Peter Altmeier
Succeeded by Bernhard Vogel
Member of the Bundestag
for Rhineland-Palatinate
In office
26 October 1998 – 17 October 2002
Constituency Party list
In office
14 December 1976 – 20 December 1990
Constituency Party list
Member of the Bundestag
for Ludwigshafen/Frankenthal
In office
20 December 1990 – 26 October 1998
Preceded by Manfred Reimann
Succeeded by Doris Barnett
Personal details
Helmut Josef Michael Kohl

3 April 1930(1930-04-03)
Ludwigshafen, Bavaria, Weimar Republic
Died 16 June 2017(2017-06-16) (aged 87)
Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Resting place Cathedral Chapter Cemetery, Speyer
Political party Christian Democratic Union
Spouse(s) Hannelore Renner (m. 1960–2001) «start: (1960)–end+1: (2002)»"Marriage: Hannelore Renner to Helmut Kohl" Location: (linkback:
Maike Richter (m. 2008–present) «start: (2008)»"Marriage: Maike Richter to Helmut Kohl" Location: (linkback:
Alma mater Heidelberg University
Helmut Kohl in 1987

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (3 April 1930 – 16 June 2017) was a German CDU politician. He was the last Chancellor of West Germany, and he stayed in office after reunification as the first Chancellor of a united Germany.

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. A pro-EU conservative, he was often compared to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, two other leaders with similar views in the 1980s. In 1998, he retired as Chancellor, as the SPD won the election. His replacement was Gerhard Schröeder.

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.[1]



  1. From 1 October 1982 to 2 October 1990, Helmut Kohl was Federal Chancellor of West Germany only. From 3 October 1990 until 27 October 1998, he was Federal Chancellor of the reunified Germany.