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Kohl's death 'hurts deeply' - EU leaders pay tribute


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Kohl's death 'hurts deeply' - EU leaders pay tribute

EU leaders have paid tribute to former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who has died at the age of 87.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted that his death “hurts deeply,” a man who was the “very essence” of Europe.

European Council President Donald Tusk also posted, describing Kohl as a friend and a statesman.

In Brussels, EU flags were lowered to half mast in tribute to the man known as the father of reunification.

Germany’s longest serving post-war chancellor from 1982 to 1998, Kohl was a driving force behind the introduction of the euro currency, convincing sceptical Germans to give up their cherished Deutschemark.

In these turbulent times, EU leaders say the bloc must build on his legacy.

Kohl is reported to have died on Friday morning in his home in Ludwigshafen.