Blunt in words, decisive in actions, former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt dies at 96

November 10, 2015 7:53 PM

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BERLIN – Helmut Schmidt was blunt and down to earth, decisive and brimming with self-confidence.

The attributes that won him plaudits as West German chancellor — as he dealt with some of the tensest moments of the Cold War and a surge in domestic terrorism — occasionally caused offense, especially later in life. But mainly they helped make him a respected and popular elder statesman across part...

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