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29.12.2011 - Will the Helmut Kohl stamp ever materialize?
If it would have been up to the German political party CDU there would already have been a special stamp dedicated to the former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. At the annual CDU convention of 2010, the

If it would have been up to the German political party CDU there would already have been a special stamp dedicated to the former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. At the annual CDU convention of 2010, the members present decided that such a stamp would be a good idea. Especially CSU delegate Ernst Hinsken has personally endeavoured the creation of a Helmut Kohl commemorative stamp. And although no sign of such a stamp can be found on Germany’s new stamp issues list for 2013, Hinsken is still convinced that some time the stamp will appear. And why not: he has a strong and important ally in Germany’s Federal Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble. So what’s keeping the Germans from issuing the Kohl stamp?

Months ago it has been rumoured that ‘creative reasons’ have prohibited the smooth release of a special Kohl stamp. One reason heard – that Kohl has to wait for his stamp because he is still alive – can be done away with: in the past decades, many people who are still amongst the living have had their own German stamp – see for instance the stamps dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI and the ‘super European’ Jean Monnet. People in the vicinity of former Chancellor Kohl still believe that the stamp will be issued in the near future, perhaps as soon as 2012, or at least in 2013. The Kohl stamp would be good company for the Willy Brandt stamp that the German postal authority will issue on the occasion of the latter’s 100th birthday.