Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, died at 97 year of his life in Hamburg, said the attending physician Heiner Greten.
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Schmidt ? fifth Chancellor, He was in power from 1974 to 1982. In his reign the country had to contend with many challenges ? to survive the oil crises, unemployment of the seventies, "German autumn" of 1977 ? the period of the terror of the extremist "red army Faction" (RAF, Rote Armee Fraktion), and many other. In early August Schmidt in hospital with suspected heart attack, but the doctors put a different diagnosis ? dehydration. 2 September media outlets reported that the ex-Chancellor was successfully operated in clinic of St. George in Hamburg, during the operation the patient got the clot in his leg. The media noted that Schmidt has smoked my whole life and have not kicked the habit in old age. In Germany, where in public areas the inhalation and exhalation of tobacco smoke prohibited, the ex-Chancellor was made an exception in practice everywhere: he was allowed to smoke even on live TV talk show. On 2 June the media reported that the ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt spoke out with criticism of Western leaders on the issue of the decision not to invite Putin to the summit in Bavaria. He said that without the Russian President to the summit meaningless. According to him, Moscow would have accepted the invitation to the summit, if it were done properly. May 16, 2014 Schmidt has condemned the policy of the EU leadership on Ukraine, calling the behavior of Brussels " megalomania ". On may 17 the Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in the interview the German newspaper Bild said that the European Union and the USA when formulating policy on Ukraine, are not aware that cultural and historical differences between populations West and East of this state is huge. March 26, 2014 media reported that Schmidt called the punishment of the European Union and the US against Russia are "stupid" and I noticed that well aware of Russia's actions in Crimea.