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Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt dies aged 96

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Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt dies aged 96


Helmut Schmidt, the former West German chancellor, has died at the age of 96.

He passed away at home after an infection following the removal of a blood clot from his leg in September.His health had deteriorated rapidly at the weekend.

Schmidt was chancellor of West Germany between 1974 and 1982, a period marked by the rise to prominence of the far-left Red Army Faction and industrial developments now referred to as the Economic Miracle that made West Germany one of the driving powerhouses of Cold War-era Europe.

Although he retired from political life 30 years ago, he remained a fixture in the German media as both chat-show guest, where he regularly flouted non-smoking rules on air, and as editor of the renowned weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

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