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Willy Brandt at 70
Willy Brandt at 70 is the undisputed leader of the West German left, looking tanned, fit and happy as he was interviewed recently in his office in Bonn on July 15, 1984. (UPI Photo/Dieter Hespe/Files)
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Willy Brandt, born Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm (German pronunciation: ; 18 December 1913 - 8 October 1992), was a German politician, Chancellor of West Germany 1969–1974, and leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) 1964–1987.

Brandt's most important legacy was Ostpolitik, a policy aimed at improving relations with East Germany, Poland, and the Soviet Union. This policy caused considerable controversy in West Germany, but won Brandt the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971.

In 1974, Brandt resigned as Chancellor after Günter Guillaume, one of his closest aides, was exposed as an agent of the Stasi, the East German secret police.

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