Helmut Kohl has admitted to acting “like a dictator.” It was the only way, according to the former German chancellor, of launching the single currency. In a 2002 interview given as part of a PhD thesis and just published, Kohl said that he was unsure if anyone else in the country had the political clout to push through Germany’s adoption of the euro. Sensing strong opposition within his own party, the CDU, to joining the euro, as well as to Wolfgang Schäuble,...

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