“..He did more than anyone to bring Germany back together –
- but a new marriage and the euro crisis have put the ailing ‘father of unity’ under new scrutiny.
To make matters worse, the father of German unity and the ardent advocate of the single currency now stands accused of causing the deepening euro crisis – while his tumultuous private life is likely to be the subject of an upcoming book.
“Reunification is not only one of the underlying causes of the euro crisis – it is also one of the reasons behind our inability to solve it,” Wolfgang Münchau, one of Germany’s leading economic analysts, said this week.
“This is exactly the tragedy of Helmut Kohl: with his great political coup of German unity – he sowed the seeds for the destruction of his greatest political dream of European unity.”
Some analysts argue forcibly that Mr Kohl was so blinded by his political obsession with European unity – that he pressed ahead with an ill-advised single currency that has plunged the Continent into crisis..”
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