Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who is hailed as the father of German unification has passed away. He was responsible for unifying Germany after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall despite facing stiff resistance from Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev.
East and West Germany were separated post World War II. After Soviet Union relinquished control of Eastern Europe, Helmunt Kohl worked towards unifying East and West Germany by giving constant assurances to the Western leaders that a united Germany posed no threat.
Helmunt Kohl was the longest serving post-war chancellor of Germany since 1945. He served as chancellor for 16 years from 1982 to 1998.
Initially Helmunt Kohl served as the chancellor of West Germany in 1982 and later became the chancellor of Germany after reunification in 1990.
He was also the driving force behind the introduction of the euro currency in the Germany at a time when Germans were sceptical to give up their cherished deutschemark.