Hans-Dietrich Genscher

(b. 1927)

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(b. 21 Mar. 1927).

German Foreign Secretary 1974–92 Born near the East German city of Halle, he moved to West Germany in 1952, where he became an MP in 1965. From 1968–74 he was deputy leader, then leader of the German Liberal Party (FDP). Genscher served as Minister of the Interior in 1969, but is best remembered for his long tenure as Foreign Secretary, during which time he stood for a pragmatic policy towards East Germany. He contributed to the change of government of 1982, when he switched his party's support from the SPD to Helmut Kohl's CDU. His popularity peaked when he helped negotiate German reunification in 1990. In his last year in office Genscher was heavily criticized for his overhasty push to recognize the new states of former Yugoslavia. Following his retirement he remained much respected within his party and his country.German Question

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Subjects: Politics — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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