Helmut Kohl - Economic Policy Essay

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Helmut Kohl: Economic Policy 1982-1989 Structure | 1. Introduction 2. Helmut Kohl: Life and Career a) Early years and private life b) Political career 3. Initial situation: 1970’s a) Economic concept b) Economic situation 4. Supply side economic policy a) Monetary policy b) Fiscal policy c) Employment policy 5. Conclusion | 1. Introduction Image 1: Chancellor Helmut Kohl 1987 Image 1: Chancellor Helmut Kohl 1987 Helmut Josef Michael Kohl is a former German conservative politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). With the age of 39 he became Minister President of Rhineland-Palatinate and from 1982-1998 he reigned as the sixth Chancellor of Germany. His 16-year tenure was the longest of any German Chancellor since Otto von Bismarck and oversaw the end of the Cold War and the German reunification. Since 1973 he had been the chairman of his party for over 25 years and until 2000 he was the honorary chairman of the CDU. Kohl was in the 1970’s one of the youngest top politicians and also known as a modernizer of his party. His main goals were the German reunification and together with the French President Francois Mitterrand, the Maastricht Treaty, which created the European Union. Helmut Kohl supported Reagan’s more aggressive policies in order to weaken the USSR. In 1988 Kohl and Mitterrand received the “Karlspreis” for their contribution to Franco-German friendship and European Union. In 1996 he won the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award in International Cooperation and furthermore as the second human ever he received, for his great work for European integration and cooperation, the title Honorary Citizen of Europe by the European Council in 1998. By the former U.S. President George Bush and Bill Clinton he has been described as “ the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century”. Since the process
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