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Helmut Schmidt, Former West German Chancellor, Dies at 96

Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was one of the founding fathers of the euro but will probably be best remembered for his tough stance against the far-left Red Army Faction (RAF) guerrillas whose kidnapping and murder campaign terrorized the country over three decades. Schmidt, who died on Tuesday aged 96, was West Germany's second center-left Social Democrat (SPD) chancellor from 1974 to 1982, at the height of the Cold War, after serving as finance minister from 1972 to...

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