Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Dies at 96

Society » OBITUARIES | November 10, 2015, Tuesday // 18:50
Bulgaria: Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Dies at 96 An archive picture made available on 10 November 2015 of then German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt giving a TV statement on the kidnapping of Hanns Martin Schleyer, in Bonn, Germany, 05 September 1977. Photo: EPA

Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt passed away at the age of 96 in his home city of Hamburg on Tuesday.

Schmidt served as Chancellor of West Germany between 1974 and 1982.

Before that he had held several ministerial positions, having successively served as Defence Minister, Economy and Finance Minister in the government of his predecessor Willy Brandt.

He has often been identified as one of the most popular German politicians after the end of the Second World War.

Schmidt is credited with helping to consolidate the postwar economic boom of Germany. 

He remained a staunch Social Democrat until the end of his days.

Schmidt was an active diplomat, who sought European cooperation and international economic coordination and was one of the architects of the European Monetary System.

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