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Former German Chancellor: Inauguration of Helmut-Kohl-Allee at the B9

Former German Chancellor : Inauguration of Helmut-Kohl-Allee at the B9

The City of Bonn held an official unveiling of the new Helmut-Kohl-Allee on Thursday. A section of the B9 is now named after the former German chancellor. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was on hand for the event, and she declared her support for Bonn.

CDU Chairwoman and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan (CDU) officially opened the "Helmut-Kohl-Allee" in the former government district on Thursday afternoon.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, referred to as “AKK” for short, took the occasion to express support for Bonn as the second seat of government. She said that the Hardthöhe area in Bonn is the primary location of the Ministry of Defense she heads.

Afterwards Sridharan thanked her for her clear commitment to Bonn. "Bonn and Helmut Kohl are inseparably linked", said Mayor Sridharan during his speech. "Helmut Kohl was a European out of deep conviction and campaigned from Bonn with all his strength for peaceful coexistence in Europe. The course for the reunification of Germany was set in Bonn under his leadership," continued Sridharan.

The section of road along the Kunstmuseum and the Bundeskunsthalle is around 400 meters long and begins at Genscher-Allee and extends to Helmut-Schmidt-Platz. The new street name has been in use since 1 August. " He has certainly passed through on this part of the road countless times," says Sridharan. The Lord Mayor was very happy that the memory of the former chancellor is now firmly anchored in the cityscape.

With the renaming of the section of the Friedrich-Ebert-Allee, the city of Bonn wants to remember Kohl's political achievements. Helmut Kohl was the sixth Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1982 to 1998 and carried out his official duties from Bonn for 16 years. He was also CDU chairman for 25 years. During his tenure as Chancellor, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and German reunification in 1990 were two major highlights.

Helmut Kohl was a forward-thinking leader

"It took some time to find the right place. But I am sure that exactly the right place was found", said CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. It was a street name that was "deserved". Kramp-Karrenbauer recalled that Bonn was not only a "chancellor city", but also the city most closely linked to the history of the CDU. She praised the former chancellor as a party leader who had always been forward-thinking. Under his leadership, the number of members in the party suddenly grew and he implemented a "far-reaching level of modernization". Because of that, Kohl was an inspiration for Kramp-Karrenbauer. The CDU leader called the new street sign one of the most important in Bonn and in Germany.

According to the city, a total of four parties are affected by the change of street name, but none of them are private individuals. The Bundeskunsthalle now has the address "Helmut-Kohl-Allee 4" - the new address is already mentioned on the museum's website. The map service Google Maps locates the avenue in the right place, but it is still called Friedrich-Ebert-Allee.

Orig. text:Maximilian Mühlens

Translation: ck