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1.   The First All-German Elections (November 30, 1990)
Helmut Kohl’s victory was already a foregone conclusion weeks before the early Bundestag elections in 1990. The situation, according to renowned journalist Robert....
2.   Focus on German Unification (January 30, 1991)
Against the backdrop of the Iraq war of 1990-91, Chancellor Helmut Kohl assures the Western alliance partners of German solidarity before moving on to his real subject, German unification. Kohl explains....
3.   The Agony of Choice (October 14, 1994)
Days before the October 1994 Bundestag elections, Theo Sommer, publisher of the liberal weekly Die Zeit, analyzes the mood in Germany. Sommer notes that many citizens were having a hard time....
4.   The End of the Kohl Era (September 28, 1998)
Mathias Döpfner, editor-in-chief of the conservative daily Die Welt, praises the achievements of outgoing chancellor Helmut Kohl. His analysis focuses....
5.   The Kohl System (September 28, 1998)
This journalist for the Berliner Zeitung agrees with the general consensus: Helmut Kohl’s reputation as a modernizer of the Christian Democratic Union....
6.   Not Different, but Better (November 10, 1998)
The government change, as newly elected chancellor Gerhard Schröder remarks in this policy statement, also represented a generational change. Schröder explains....
7.   Harmed the Party (December 22, 1999)
CDU general secretary Angela Merkel summarizes Helmut Kohl’s merits but also criticizes his role in the CDU party donations....
8.   Chancellor Democracy under Gerhard Schröder (July 26, 2002)
According to political scientist Karl-Rudolf Korte, under Gerhard Schröder, the Federal Republic’s “chancellor democracy” [Kanzlerdemokratie] was becoming....
9.   The Path to New Elections in September 2005 (May-June 2005)
In his memoirs, former chancellor Gerhard Schröder describes his decision to call for new elections a year before his term came to an end. In the end, his decision....
10.   The Outcome of the September 2005 Elections (September 19, 2005)
The close outcome of the September 2005 Bundestag elections surprised pollsters, who had predicted a majority for a CDU/CSU and FDP coalition. Here, the director of Forsa, a major polling institute,....
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