EU executive seeks official commemoration of Germany's Kohl

Helmut Kohl with Margaret Thatcher in London in 1983

"We are in close contact with the German authorities and his family".

The American Jewish Committee on Saturday said former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who passed away Friday at 87 years old, "was always a champion of European unity and the transatlantic alliance". Mourners have been writing messages of remembrance at the headquarters of Kohl's party, the Christian Democrats, in Berlin, where another condolences book has been made available.

A photograph showing Kohl holding hands with French president François Mitterrand at the Douaumont cemetery in Verdun became the defining symbol of Franco-German conciliation after decades of bloody conflict between the two countries.

Players for the German football team are to wear black armbands as a symbol of mourning in their first game at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation tomorrow.

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Merkel, Germany's incumbent chancellor who grew up in communist East Germany before being appointed by Kohl to her first ministerial post, said he "changed my own life path decisively" by reuniting Germany.

The mass-selling newspaper Bild reported that Kohl died at 9.15 a.m. yesterday morning in bed at his home in Ludwigshafen, in western Germany, with his second wife, Maike Kohl-Richter, at his side. After a fall in 2008 he suffered from impaired speech and used a wheelchair. Helmut Kohl died June 16, 2017.

Juncker said that "without Helmut Kohl, the euro would not exist".

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