May 16th in German History: Helmut Schmidt Becomes Chancellor

On May 16th, 1974, Helmut Schmidt became Chancellor of West Germany. Schmidt was the successor to Willy Brandt, who had attempted to improve relations with eastern Europe while maintaining relations with the US. Brandt had resigned due to a corruption scandal and Schmidt assumed the position of Chancellor unelected. Schmidt perused closer ties with theContinue reading “May 16th in German History: Helmut Schmidt Becomes Chancellor”