Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt dies aged 96

Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Former chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who guided West Germany through economic turbulence and Cold War tension in the 1970s and early 1980s, has died aged 96.

Mr Schmidt died on Tuesday afternoon in Hamburg, his doctor Heiner Greten told German news agency dpa.

His chancellorship coincided with a tense period of the Cold War, including the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.

He also stood firm against a wave of homegrown terrorism in West Germany.

The centre-left Social Democrat led West Germany from 1974 to 1982, when he lost power to conservative Helmut Kohl.

Mr Schmidt went on to become an iconic elder statesman, weighing in on Germany’s political debates into his 90s.

Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by The News Editor

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