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He is credited with bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Kohl was married for 41 years to Hannelore Renner, an interpreter of English and French who stood firmly but discreetly by his side. He led Germany for a record 16 years - first as chancellor of West Germany from 1982 to 1990 and then as chancellor of the reunited Germany until 1998.

The first monetary adventure, which significantly shaped his life as an 18-year-old, was the 1948 establishment of the Deustche mark, replacing the war-shattered Reichsmark. After the electoral defeat of 1998, Kohl also was marked by the scandal that exploded in 1999 when being informed irregular donations to its party, the CDU. H. Kohl will remain forever in the memory of the Kazakhstani people as a wise person, who made a great contribution to the establishment and strengthening of bilateral friendly relations.

"Helmut Kohl was the most important European statesman since World War II", former U.S. President Bill Clinton said in 2011, adding that Kohl answered the big questions of his time "correctly for Germany, correctly for Europe, correctly for the United States, correctly for the future of the world".

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Kohl lobbied heavily for the introduction of Euro, which was implemented in 1999 and went on to become a currency that now unites 19 countries in Europe, BBC reported.

"We feel that a life has ended and he who lived it will go down in history", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

For his part, Mr Juncker said in a tweet: "Helmut's death hurts me deeply". "I sincerely admired his wisdom and ability to take balanced and forward-thinking decisions even amid the knottiest situations", Russian President Vladimir Putin said, Tass reported.

"Preparations are already underway", Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told AFP.

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