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Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Dies at Age 96

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    Helmut Schmidt, the chancellor who guided West Germany through economic turbulence and Cold War tensions, stood firm against a wave of homegrown terrorism and became a respected elder statesman, died Tuesday. He was 96.

    Schmidt died at his house in Hamburg, according to German weekly Die Zeit, of which Schmidt was a co-publisher.

    "We have lost a sharp-witted adviser, a trusted companion and a good friend," Die Zeit said in a statement. "Until recently he contributed to the editorial team with his analyses, his commentaries and his interviews about current affairs."

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  3. Marc

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    Yep, he was our best Chancellor. (I don't want to think about the current one.)
    He made the difference between a mere politician and a true statesman.
    RIP Helmut Schmidt!


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    I embarrassed to say that I know nothing of this fine man. Glad he was able to have a full, long life, hope he rests in peace.
     
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    Never mind. He was long before us, from 1974 to 1982.
    But unforgotten, respected and influential until the end - simply The Best.

    A quote of him, fitting today's attacks in Paris:
    A state can not be blackmailed.
     
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