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Chancellor Helmut Kohl, once the rising star of European politics who crafted the swift unification of Germany, has dropped to his lowest public opinion rating, a newspaper said Saturday.

Kohl and his government have been rocked by international criticism of what some perceive as Germany's lukewarm support for the gulf war and domestic outcry over tax increases.In a poll of 1,017 people, 69 percent of those questioned said they were disappointed in Kohl and trusted him less, compared with 31 percent who had a high level of trust in him, said the newspaper.