Clinton and World Bank chief Robert Zoellick on Monday presented the 81-year-old former chancellor with the Henry A. Kissinger Prize, given annually by the American Academy in Berlin for exceptional contributions to trans-Atlantic relations. Kissinger, a former U.S. secretary of state, also was present.
Kohl led Germany from 1982 to 1998. He presided over the reunification of east and west in 1990, then led a reunited Germany in NATO and at the heart of a united Europe.
Clinton says Kohl made the right calls on the big issues of his day and "the 21st-century in Europe really began on his watch."