Helmut Kohl

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Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (3 April 1930 – 16 June 2017) was a German politician, the leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) from 1973 to 1998, Chancellor of West Germany 1982–1990 and of the reunited Germany 1990–1998.

Told by the World War II Allies in 1990 that they would not consent to the reunification of Germany unless his and other German parties abandoned their claim to the stolen eastern provinces and agreed to the communist-imposed eastern border (the Oder–Neisse line) with Poland, Kohl complied. This was seen by patriots as a betrayal of Germany.[1] Six years earlier he had quietly assured the communists that the Bonn government were dropping its claims to its occupied eastern provinces.[2]


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