Helmut Kohl

Guessing starts on who among 231 nominees will win Nobel Peace Prize

Thein Sein

Early October means it's time for the annual Nobel Prize announcements and frenzied guessing over possible winners, with 231 peace prize nominees rumoured to range from former German chancellor Helmut Kohl to burqa opponent Sima Samar and US scholar Gene Sharp.

Friday, 5 October, 2012, 4:24am

Religion, the glue that holds Europe together

Not a moment too soon, the Europeans have been going through a bout of navel gazing and introspection following the recent parliamentary elections. What is the European Parliament for, when every country has its own legislatures, both national and local? Why did so few people vote, less than ever before?

18 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


1 Germany has two coasts. Which seas do they face? 2 Which empire is regarded as a forerunner of modern Germany? 3 Who was the 'Reunification Chancellor'? 4 What proportion of today's Germany was previously the German Democratic Republic (East Germany)? 5 What is The Tin Drum?

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Bond with France seen as giving backbone to EU

The Franco-German alliance, the 'motor' of the European Union, has reasserted itself.

Germany and France have introduced joint initiatives to revive the eurozone's flagging economy and create a military alliance to strengthen the union's role in international affairs.

3 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

'Business as usual with Hong Kong'

Germany's commitment to the SAR and mainland China stands firm despite this week's historic election defeat of Helmut Kohl after 16 years at the helm of Europe's most powerful economy.

'The election does not change our policy of intensive engagement in this region,' the Federal Republic's SAR Consul-General, Wolfgang Gerz, said.

3 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Role models

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's election defeat marks the end of an era not just for his nation but for the world. It was an era that saw Germany reunified and move towards cementing the European Union together as a powerful new global force that may eventually rival the United States in its economic influence.

29 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

End of an era?

Europe's longest-serving government leader is in trouble. The prospect of Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany losing power in parliamentary elections in September have been growing steadily over the past year. After the weekend defeat for his Christian Democratic party in a regional poll in a state of the former East Germany, an end to his 16-year-old chancellorship seems in view.

29 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Leave the kissing to the professionals

When Germany's Chancellor Helmut Kohl went to this summer's summit of industrialised nations in Denver he refused, point blank, to wear cowboy boots.

Jacques Chirac, the French President, was only too pleased to follow his lead.

8 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Helmut finds a hotel that fits

It's been a long trip for German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who popped into Hong Kong on Friday after visiting New Zealand, Australia and Brunei.

So he must have been glad to rest his head and feet simultaneously in the penthouse at the Regent Hotel.

11 May 1997 - 12:00am

Trenchermen Patten and Kohl on the town

German tourists at the Man Mo temple came face-to-face with Hong Kong's most remarkable spectacle yesterday - visiting Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl and Governor Chris Patten sightseeing.

The pair had thrown protocol to the winds and were on a day out, feasting at a Chinese restaurant, shopping for jade and strolling along the streets.

10 May 1997 - 12:00am

Kohl to visit territory

German Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl will visit Hong Kong during an April 29-May 10 trip which will also include Australia.

23 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Europe's troubles

Few people outside France have heard of the southern town of Vitrolles, but a weekend election has made this community of 39,000 people into a symbol for the ills afflicting continental Europe. On Sunday, an extreme right-wing party, the National Front, won control of the town's municipal council, its fourth big victory in the south.

11 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Cancelled trip sours Beijing ties

Sino-German relations have soured with news that Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel has cancelled a trip to Beijing scheduled for next month.

The change follows a speech by Mr Kinkel in Geneva that mainland diplomats labelled 'anti-Chinese'.

3 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Suite gets refit for corpulent Kohl

THE beds at Hanoi's Thang Loi Hotel have held up under many a beefy Soviet cadre over the years, but the German Embassy was leaving nothing to chance for the visit of corpulent Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl.

20 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Kohl to make rare PLA visit

GERMAN Chancellor Dr Helmut Kohl will be the first foreign head of state to visit Chinese ground forces since the People's Liberation Army (PLA) crushed the democracy movement six years ago.

9 Nov 1995 - 12:00am