Helmut Schmidt

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After he resigned as taoiseach in 1994, Albert Reynolds signed up to the Harry Walker Agency of New York. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

An announcement that former taoiseach Albert Reynolds was to start a lecture tour after he left office was met with “deep gloom” by a British diplomat(...)

 Robbie Williams performs during the opening ceremony of the World Cup ahead of the  Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium  in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Aaaaaaand: We’re off. We have ourselves a month of pure footballing bliss ahead of us, although it may take that long to come to terms with ITV’s Worl(...)

Supporters of  German anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Berlin on May 9th. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

It began with a rumour, then the hastag #fairLand. Now key players in Germany’s hard-left scene have begun in earnest with plans for a new broad movem(...)

SPD chief Martin Schulz: “Now we will try to unite the party after this tough discussion.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty Images

Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancello(...)

Firemen at Helmut Schmidt airport in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday. The airport has reopened after an unknown substance had been  found in the security check area. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

German authorities briefly closed Helmut Schmidt Airport in the northern city of Hamburg on Sunday after a discharge of a corrosive substance caused e(...)

In this 2009 file photo, former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt takes part in a discussion hosted by the ECB in Frankfurt, central Germany. Photograph: AP Photo/Daniel Roland

Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who led the country for eight years at the height of the cold war, died yesterday at the age of 96, his (...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt in Bonn, West Germany, in  1975.  After being ousted after eight years in power in 1982, he went on to become one of Germany’s most influential public intellectuals. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

His obituaries will say that he was a Hamburg native but Helmut Schmidt was, in his essence, a Hanseat. A Hanseat is as much a state of mind of the na(...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt smokes a cigarette after a celebration of his 90th birthday, organised by Die Zeit newspaper in Hamburg, in January  2009. He has died at the age of 96. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/Reuters

Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, who led the country for eight years at the height of the Cold War, has died at the age of 96, his office(...)

Egon Brandt with Willy Brandt in 1963. Nobody, he thought, is going to help the Germans if they don’t help themselves. Photograph: DPA/AFP/Getty Images

Egon Bahr, who has died aged 93, was a prominent social democrat politician whose efforts to improve West Germany’s relations with the Soviet bloc hel(...)

Egon Bahr died on August 20th, aged 93. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Egon Bahr, the architect of West Germany’s change- through-rapprochement “Ostpolitik” under chancellor Willy Brandt, died from a heart attack yesterda(...)

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