|As he was: Dr Helmut Kohl as Chancellor|
The court’s decision reportedly prevents further prints of the book which include the quotes in question. However, books that are already available in stores may still be sold. The court further reportedly found that including the quotes against Mr. Kohl’s express wishes amounted to an unlawful infringement of confidentiality. Tt was up to Mr. Kohl to decide whether or not he wished to authorize the use of his quotes in a publication, bearing in mind that he made in confidentiality when working with Mr. Schwan on a book back in 2001 and 2002.
Now why is Mr Kohl so worried about the things he (may have) said? Some of the quotes refer to Angela Merkel, now Germany’s chancellor, who used to be a minister during Kohl’s time in office. Kohl reportedly stated she was not capable of using fork and knife properly when eating and had to be told to pull herself together at state banquets. Other quotes refer to another former Minister as “traitor”, etc. etc.. Mr Kohl also made – rather outspoken and pointed - comments about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her handbag, Mr Gorbachev, Bill Clinton and the Lewinsky scandal, about Prince Charles’ and the late Princess Diana’s doomed marriage.
|The "second wife": Dr Maike Kohl-Richter|