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Helmut Schmidt: Germany will miss this voice of reason

The former Chancellor's message—commitment to Europe above party interests—is needed today more than ever

By Daniela Schwarzer  

Helmut Schmidt in 1976

At a time when Germany is struggling to find its European and international role, we will dearly miss the late former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt’s demanding and, at times, uncomfortable voice in the foreign policy debate.

Helmut Schmidt, who served as Chancellor from 1974-1982, was part of a political generation which rebuilt Germany as a true democracy, driven by the concern that everything should be done to prevent Germany from falling back into dictatorship…

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