Photo Gallery: Helmut Kohl -- Chancellor of Reunification
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Photo Gallery: Helmut Kohl -- Chancellor of Reunification

A German Giant The Political Legacy of Helmut Kohl

He was the chancellor who reunited Germany and advanced European unification. He governed longer than any other German leader before him and became a global statesman who dedicated his life to his country, even if scandals threatened to obscure parts of his legacy.
Von Wolfram Bickerich
Wolfgang Bickerich, born in 1942, spent many decades covering Helmut Kohl's political career for DER SPIEGEL, where he worked as a reporter and editor from 1974 to 2007. From January 1980 to 1994, he served as the head of the political desk at DER SPIEGEL's bureaus in the West German capital city of Bonn and East Berlin.