Kohl savages successors over euro, Russia in new book

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl presents a new edition of his memoirs at the Frankfurt book fair on October 8, 2014Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl has lashed out at his successors again in a new book coming out this week, blasting their policies on Russia and the euro. Just weeks after being quoted as belittling his protege Angela Merkel as having been unable to “eat properly with a knife and fork” when she started out in politics, Kohl launched fresh attacks in excerpts printed Sunday in the weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. The 84-year-old elder statesmen known as the father of German unity says the centre-left government of Gerhard Schroeder, his immediate successor from 1998 to 2005, made crucial missteps in allowing debt-mired Greece into the eurozone and bending the fiscal rules of its stability pact. Kohl, the longest serving German chancellor, dismissed any criticism of his part in setting up the euro common currency, calling it a “tight clamp holding Europe together”.

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