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Helmut Schmidt and the secrets of statesmanship

As Kissinger said, the ex-chancellor saw politics as 'pragmatic action for moral objectives'.

REMEMBERING A GIANT: At a funeral service of underplayed emotion on Nov 23 in Hamburg's coolly ornate Scandinavian-Hanseatic St Michael's Church, ceremony and affection were on full display as speakers eulogised Mr Schmidt and skirted over the less rosy aspects.


SELF-REINFORCING waves are crashing onto Europe's shores: war on the borders, unemployment and terrorist fears within; the sabre-rattling of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the trapdoor-rattling of British Prime Minister David Cameron; and the separate yet intertwined risks...