Photo Gallery: The Rollercoaster Career of Wolfgang Schäuble
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Photo Gallery: The Rollercoaster Career of Wolfgang Schäuble

Germany's Thwarted Statesman Wolfgang Schäuble Turns 70

He was a confidant of Helmut Kohl, almost became chancellor and was struck down by a gunman's bullet. Not many German politicians can look back on a life and a career as dramatic as that of Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister who turned 70 on Tuesday. Here's a critical appraisal of an exceptional politician.
Von Gerd Langguth