Inheritance

Published on 3 October 2012 at 15:17

On Helmut Kohl's shadow: German reunification

Angela Merkel —

It's not easy to get rid of your shadow!

The German political class is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Christian Democrat Helmut Kohl's accession to power. Kohl, Angela Merkel's mentor, is considered to be the "father of German reunification" of October 3 1990, and one of the great European leaders who had a vision for Europe. His protegé must now face the main challenge of her term as Chancellor: how to avoid disintegration of a European Union in crisis.

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