Photo Gallery: Germany Loses Its Elder Statesman 11/12/2015
  Helmut Schmidt served as German chancellor from 1974 to 1982, but his impact...
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Helmut Schmidt served as German chancellor from 1974 to 1982, but his impact on Germany went far beyond the years he spent in the Chancellery in Bonn. In the several decades since he left office, he became the country's most important commentator on political and current events.