The Culture Committe unanimously backed Wednesday (July 6th) a draft law by CDU/CSU and the SPD parliamentary group to set up the “Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation”. The foundation would keep alive Schmidt’s endeavours towards “Freedom and Unity of the German People and for Peace and Unity in Europe” as well as international understanding.
Opposition factions welcomed the motion and the Linke party proposed appointing international figures to the foundation’s board in accordance with the former chancellor’s work while in office and afterwards. Bündnis 90/Die Grünen said foundations should not be set up only to commemorate statesmen. The criteria for setting up foundations should instead be rethought.
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Schmidt died on November 10, 2015 aged 96 in his home city of Hamburg. A graduate of economics, Schmidt was born on December 23, 1918 in Hamburg. He first made a name for himself in 1962 as the city’s first interior minister when he managed Hamburg’s flooding crisis. From 1974-1982, Schmidt succeeded Willy Brandt as chancellor. From 1983, Helmut Schmidt was the co-editor of the weekly newspaper “Die Zeit”.
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