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The Bear's Lair: Weasel Economics - I

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The "Axis of Weasels" of France, Germany and now Belgium, satirically attributed to Donald Rumsfeld by the Web site "Scrappleface," is an idea whose time may have come. It refocuses one's perception, and provides an explanation for the alarming non-disapp
MARTIN HUTCHINSON, UPI Business and Economics Editor

Faith: Giving thanks for reconciliation

GURAT, France, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- To those old enough to remember the last fratricidal war between France and Germany, the photograph of two old men kneeling side-by-side in Reims Cathedral was
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2002 with eight to follow.
By United Press International

Analysis: The cost of unification -II

Many hope that North and South Korea, when they reunite, will not repeat the mistakes seen in German reunification. It is also likely that the process will be more difficult for Korea, and the international help that is needed might be difficult to obtain
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Rally halts on confidence report

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Stock prices on most major indexes ended down Tuesday, pressured by a weak reading on consumer confidence, which brought to an end a two day rally.

Stocks pressured by confidence report

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market were lower in moderate trading at midday Tuesday, pressured by weak reading on consumer

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2001 with eight to follow.
By United Press International
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Helmut Schmidt
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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