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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
By United Press International
Former German Chancellor Schmidt has 38,000 cigarettes stashed

Former German Chancellor Schmidt has 38,000 cigarettes stashed

BERLIN, July 10 (UPI) -- Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has stashed enough menthol cigarettes to last him a pack a day until he turns 100, a fellow politician said.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 23, 2011.
By United Press International

Social Dems urge German EU engagement

BERLIN, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Germany's opposition parties warned that European unity needed to remain intact or the nation could find itself isolated on the world stage.
Helmut Schmidt attacks Merkel, Sarkozy

Helmut Schmidt attacks Merkel, Sarkozy

BERLIN, June 25 (UPI) -- Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has accused his distant successor, Angela Merkel, of "Wilhelmine pomposity" in her foreign policy.

New super-secure U.S. Embassy in Berlin

BERLIN, July 1 (UPI) -- The new $143 million U.S. Embassy in the heart of Berlin opens on Independence Day. Its architects have set themselves with the Herculean task of designing it to represent freedom while providing top-level security.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2005 with eight to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2005 with eight to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Dec. 23, the 358th day of 2004 with eight to follow.
By United Press International

Italy opposes German U.N. security seat

ROME, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Italy, one of Germany's biggest allies, has announced its opposition to Germany having a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, The Telegraph reported.

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2003 with eight to follow.
By United Press International

Commentary: Berlin's alehouse politicians

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- One of the worst putdowns in the German language is "Stammtischpolitiker," meaning alehouse politicians. It refers to beer-drinking characters devising solutions for the world's problems around a tavern's table. There is now a growing consensus among Germ
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor
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The nuclear missile issue in 1983 while boosting Willy Brandt’s stock with his party members diminished that of his chief rival, former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (L). Here, during the SDP part debate on November 19, 1983, the two former friends turn their back on each other. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt (born 23 December 1918) is a German Social Democratic politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Prior to becoming chancellor, he had served as Minister of Defence and Minister of Finance. He had also served briefly as Minister of Economics and as acting Foreign Minister. He is the oldest surviving German Chancellor and the last surviving person to have been solely Chancellor of West Germany (Helmut Kohl was Chancellor of both West Germany and reunified Germany).

Helmut Schmidt was born in Hamburg, as son of two teachers. He studied at Hamburg Lichtwark school, graduating in 1937. He was conscripted into military service and began serving with an anti-aircraft battery at Vegesack near Bremen during World War II. After brief service on the eastern front he returned to Germany in 1942 to work as a trainer and advisor at the Reichsluftfahrtministerium. Also in 1942, on 27 June, he married his childhood sweetheart Hannelore "Loki" Glaser, with whom he fathered two children: Helmut Walter (26 June 1944–February 1945, died of meningitis), and Susanne (b. 1947), who works in London for Bloomberg Television. Toward the end of the war, from December 1944 onwards, he served as Oberleutnant in the artillery on the western front. He was captured by the British in April 1945 on Lüneburg Heath and was a prisoner of war until August. During his service in World War II Schmidt was awarded the Iron Cross.

Schmidt's father was the illegitimate son of a Jewish businessman, although this was kept secret in the family. This was confirmed publicly by Helmut Schmidt in 1984, after Valéry Giscard d'Estaing had, apparently with Schmidt's assent, revealed the fact to journalists. Schmidt himself is a non-practicing Lutheran.

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