Funeral held for former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a host of current and former European leaders gather in Hamburg for the state funeral of former West German leader Helmut Schmidt.

Funeral held for former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt

State funeral for former West German leader Schmidt on Nov 23

/ Berlin (Germany) – 12 November 2015 21:17 – AFP

Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt will be given a state funeral on November 23 in his native port city of Hamburg, the interior ministry announced Thursday.

Schmidt, who led then-West Germany from 1974 to 1982 as it rose to become a global economic powerhouse, died on Tuesday aged 96.

A centrist from the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Schmidt steered the country through a bloody wave of terror by far-left radicals from the Red Army Faction (RAF), preached free-market economics to his party and embodied cool-headed pragmatic politics in a Europe riven by the Iron Curtain.

Leading tributes to the man she described as “a political institution of our country”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said Schmidt was “an authority whose advice and judgement meant something to me”.

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