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Helmut Kohl

The Costs of German Reunification

John Feffer | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

The cost of that economic and political reunification was shouldered almost entirely by West Germans while the benefits flowed mostly to the East Germans. Economist Rudiger Frank has a different view of what happened in those years.

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

'We Are One People' -- My Speech Before the Ruins of the Frauenkirche

Dr. Helmut Kohl | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Dr. Helmut Kohl

Thousands of people were waiting for us at the airport, a sea of black-red-golden flags fluttering in the cold December wind in between an almost forgotten white-green flag of the Saxon State. Once the plane had taxied to a standstill, I climbed down the escalator and saw Hans Modrow, who was awaiting me about 10 meters away from the steps with a blank expression on his face. I then turned around to tell the Minister of the Chancellery Rudolf Seiters: "It's done."

The Happiest Year in Recent German History

Wolfgang Schäuble | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Wolfgang Schäuble

On the evening of the 9th of November 1989, when the message came in that the Berlin Wall was open, I was sitting in the Chancellery in Bonn, in a meeting on the issue of housing migrants from the German Democratic Republic. The session wasn't continued. Everyone stormed to the nearest television sets.

President Bill Clinton: Don't Worry About Yesterday, Embrace Tomorrow

Rana Florida | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

The "Explainer in Chief" believes that successful leadership starts by asking the right questions. But great leaders are good listeners too. And while they forge new paths, they also build consensus and "creative networks of cooperation."

A Real "Mensch": A Conversation With Germany's Biggest Pop Star, Herbert Grönemeyer

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.25.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

In the United States, he is mainly known for playing Lieutenant Werner in the critically acclaimed film Das Boot, not as a recording artist. That may change with the February 2012 release of his new album I Walk that features his international hit duet with Bono, "Mensch."

Bradley Manning, Bill Clinton Among Nominees For 2012 Prize

AP | By NILS MYKLEBOST | Posted 04.28.2012 | World

OSLO, Norway -- The Nobel Peace Prize jury has received 231 nominations for this year's award, a spokesman said, with publicly disclosed candidates in...

Message to the U.S. and Europe: "It's Leadership, Stupid."

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 03.10.2012 | World
Andrew Nagorski

As for the politicians, both the incumbents and those seeking to replace them, they'd do well to begin to engage in those discussions rather than merely scoring points against each other -- and to take the lead in the search for new strategies and new solutions.

Timing and Political Leadership

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

Amid the worsening economic picture, political leaders across the globe are under attack for their lack of leadership and failure to inspire confidence in their constituencies in the face of mounting global problems.

Bill Clinton Says He Followed Helmut Kohl's Lead

Steve Kettmann | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Steve Kettmann

I was on hand Monday night in Berlin with Angela Merkel and a tent full of luminaries to hear Bill Clinton give former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl the night of his life.

Germany Celebrates 20 Years Of Reunification (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's president celebrated the country's new-found national pride but also stressed that more needs to be done to integrate Muslim a...

Angela Merkel Reflects On German Reunification Anniversary

AP | KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — Angela Merkel, the leader of Europe's richest country, still hoards food. That's how much power Cold War-era habits still hold over Ge...