BERLIN (AP) — Klaus Kinkel, Germany's foreign minister from 1992 to 1998 and a former head of the country's foreign intelligence agency, has died. He was 82.
5 faces to watch in the new German government
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is starting her fourth term with a much-changed top team in which only three ministers in the new 16-member Cabinet keep their old jobs. There are new faces in some key positions: the finance, foreign, economy and interior ministries.
CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL, 63
Germany's leader since 2005, Merkel is embarking on a fourth term that could see her equal the 16-year tenure of one-time mentor Helmut Kohl.
Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2017
They made music that inspired legions of fans.
Rock 'n' roll founding fathers Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Gregg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017, leaving a void in virtually every genre of music.
German politician’s hipster bashing greeted with mockery
BERLIN (AP) — A German politician is being mocked for going after hipsters.
Jens Spahn, a 37-year-old deputy finance minister and member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, on Thursday accused "elitist hipsters" of trying to isolate themselves from other Germans by only speaking English with each other.
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SPEYER, Germany (AP) — Germany bid farewell Saturday to Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor who steered his country toward reunification in 1990 and whose tireless efforts to ensure peace and stability in Europe shape the continent to this day.
Hundreds of dignitaries attended a requiem Mass at Speyer Cathedral in Kohl's home region of Rhineland-Palatinate in southwest Germany.
BERLIN (AP) — German leaders and lawmakers are paying tribute to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who spearheaded the country's reunification during 16 years at the helm, in a requiem Mass at Berlin's Roman Catholic cathedral.
The parliamentary caucus of Kohl's conservative party organized Tuesday's event at St. Hedwig cathedral. The current party leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier were among guests.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament honored former Chancellor Helmut Kohl in a memorial on Thursday, remembering him as the architect of German reunification but also as someone who wasn't without flaws.
Norbert Lammert, the parliament speaker, said that because of Kohl "the peaceful unity of our country and a free and pacified Europe is today a reality." Kohl, who spearheaded German reunification in 1990 and was an architect of the euro, died Friday at age 87.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and former U.S. President Bill Clinton are expected to address a memorial service for ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
Kohl, who spearheaded Germany's reunification and was an architect of the euro, died Friday at 87. He's being honored with an official European memorial event, a first for the European Union, at the European Parliament on July 1.
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Commission says he wants an official commemoration of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who led Germany to reunification and was a strong backer of the continent's unity.
Jean-Claude Juncker told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper that he will personally push for a "European act of state" for Kohl, who was chancellor from 1982 to 1998, but didn't give details. German authorities also have yet to give details of funeral arrangements.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl played a key role forming his outlook on the world.
Meetings with Kohl "to a significant degree changed my own views," Putin told reporters Saturday, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Putin said his first contact with Kohl, who died Friday at age 87, was when he worked for St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak in the early 1990s and Kohl invited Sobchak to visit his residence in the German city of Bonn.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Germany's national soccer team will wear black armbands at the Confederations Cup opener following the death of former chancellor Helmut Kohl.
Kohl, who died on Friday at the age of 87, spearheaded the end of Germany's decades-long division into East and West. He led the country from 1982 to 1998, first for West Germany and then all of a unified Germany.
BERLIN (AP) — Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, died Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen. He was 87.
"A life has ended and the person who lived it will go down in history" said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking from Rome. "It will take some time, however, until we can truly judge what we have lost in him. Helmut Kohl was a great German and a great European."
BERLIN (AP) — The latest on the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, whose legacy includes a reuniting Germany after the Cold War and helping to create the continent's common currency, the euro. (all times local):
BERLIN (AP) — Helmut Kohl, one of the towering figures of European politics whose greatest achievement is considered the skillful reunification of a divided Germany, has died at 87.
Kohl, who was chancellor first of West Germany and then of a united Germany from 1982 to 1998, combined a dogged pursuit of the European idea of unity with a keen instinct for history.
Timeline of Helmut Kohl’s career
BERLIN (AP) — A timeline of the career of Helmut Kohl:
— April 3, 1930: Helmut Josef Michael Kohl born in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
— 1960: Marries Hannelore Renner.
— 1969: Becomes governor of Rhineland-Palatinate state.
— 1973: Takes over leadership of the conservative Christian Democratic Union.
— 1976: Makes first bid for the chancellery, but Social Democratic incumbent Helmut Schmidt's coalition retains power in election.
German ex-Chancellor Kohl wins privacy violation lawsuit
BERLIN (AP) — Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has been awarded 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in damages after a court found his one-time ghostwriter had violated his privacy rights.
The Cologne state court ruled Thursday in favor of Kohl, who had argued that journalist Heribert Schwan had included comments in his 2014 unauthorized biography "Legacy: The Kohl Records" that the 87-year-old told him in confidence.
Schwan and Kohl had worked on several volumes of memoirs but then parted ways.
Roman Herzog, Germany’s president in the 1990s, dies at 82
BERLIN (AP) — Roman Herzog, who as president pressed Germany to embrace economic reform in the 1990s and also stressed the importance of remembering the Nazi Holocaust, has died. He was 82.
Current President Joachim Gauck announced Herzog's death on Tuesday, without giving details. In a message to Herzog's widow, he described the former head of state as "a distinctive personality" who "advocated readiness for reform and at the same time stood for preserving the tried and tested."
World leaders face risks in reconciling with past enemies
Reconciliation can be tricky. It took 70 years for an American president to visit the site of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and nearly 75 for a Japanese leader to announce he would visit Pearl Harbor, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did Monday.
Prominent German conservative Peter Hintze dies at 66
BERLIN (AP) — Peter Hintze, a deputy speaker of Germany's Parliament who was close to Chancellor Angela Merkel, has died. He was 66.
Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union said Sunday that Hintze, who had been suffering from cancer, died during the night. Merkel said in a statement that the party had lost "one of its outstanding personalities."