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Kohl takes pop at CDU on 80th birthday bash

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Kohl takes pop at CDU on 80th birthday bash

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Germany’s former Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, has been celebrating his 80th birthday.

He appeared briefly in front of his home in Ludwigshafen as thousands of well-wishers and world leaders sent messages of congratulations.

But Kohl, who is still suffering from a serious head injury in 2008, told a German newspaper that he was disappointed his Christian Democrat Union party turned its back on him during a funding scandal a decade ago.

The CDU has postponed an official celebration until early next month because of Kohl’s ailing health.