Sunday, 14 March 2010

Helmut Kohl: No Team Player

The German Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced his 10-point unification plan less than 3 weeks after the opening of the Wall, where he had made no discussion with his coalition partners in Bonn, nor with the allies (Blitz, 2009 & American Embassy Bonn, 1989).

This did not help the situation which Blitz (2009) describe, that “within days of the wall coming down, euphoria had given way to dissent as the leaders of Britain and France contemplated the imminent emergence of a united Germany”. He also rejected the GDR's leader Hans Modrow's proposal on neutral Germany, in February 1990 (Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, 2009), which could imply that he did not reflect many views regarding the unification of Germany.

American Embassy Bonn (1989) Page 01: Bonn 37736 01 Of 02 011749Z. [online] [14/03/2010]
Blitz, J. (2009) Mitterrand Feared Emergence of ‘Bad’ Germans. [online] [14/03/2010]
Bozo, F. (2009) Thatcher’s European Delusions. [online] [14/03/2010]

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (2009) Background Note: Germany. [online] [14/03/2010] 
GHDI (trans. Riemer, J.) (1989) Helmut Kohl's Ten-Point Plan for German Unity (November 28, 1989). [online] [14/03/2010]
Volkery, C. (2009) The Iron Lady's Views on German Reunification: 'The Germans Are Back!' [online],1518,648364,00.html [14/03/2010]