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Helmut Kohl Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings

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Longtime German Chancellor Helmut Kohl passed away earlier today at the age of 87. He served as chancellor of Germany for 16 years (1982-1998). Kohl was the leader who helped reunify his nation after the Cold War.

Kohl has served the longest term for any democratically-elected chancellor. He was born on April 3, 1930, in Ludwigshafen, Germany. On Friday, June 16th, 2017, the former chancellor died in his birth-town on Ludwigshafen.

43rd President of the United States George H.W. Bush exalted Kohl as “the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century”. Let’s take a look at this leader’s words of wisdom…

Helmut Kohl Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings

“Peace must be more than the absence of war.”


“George Bush was for me the most important ally on the road to German unity.”


“Russia is Germany’s most important neighbor in the East, and it will remain so.”


“For me it is completely clear that our air bases in Germany would be available to the Americans.”


“The Christian Democrats always made you feel like the poor relation.”


“You didn’t just pay lip service to the goal of overcoming the division of Europe and Germany… Rather, you put yourself at the forefront of those who encouraged us on the way to unity.”


“We were united not only by political respect for each other, but also by deep mutual sympathy as people.”


“The army is under orders to defend every place.”


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