Helmut Schmidt, former West German Chancellor, dies aged 96
November 11 , 2015
Helmut Schmidt, the former West German Chancellor, has died aged 96.
Schmidt, who served as Chancellor from 1974 to 1982, was a Social Democrat and one of the key persons behind the European Monetary System, which eventually led to the creation of the euro.
In a tribute, Chancellor Angela Merkel described him as a "political institution". She said Germans had a "deep affection" towards him.