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Walter Scheel

Walter Scheel in 1974
Personal data
Date of birth8 July 1919(age 97)
Place of birthSolingen, Germany
Political partyFree Democratic Party (Germany)
SpouseMildred Scheel (1932-1985)
Barbara Scheel (1988-present)
ReligionProtestant
President of the Federal Republic of Germany
In office1 July 1974 - 30 June 1979
ChancellorHelmut Schmidt
Succeeded byKarl Carstens
Preceded byGustav Heinemann
Vice-Chancellor of Germany
In office21 October 1969 - 16 May 1974
ChancellorWilly Brandt
Succeeded byHans-Dietrich Genscher
Preceded byWilly Brandt
Foreign Minister of Germany
In office21 October 1969 - 16 May 1974
ChancellorWilly Brandt
Succeeded byHans-Dietrich Genscher
Preceded byWilly Brandt

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Walter Scheel (-deˈvaltɐ ˈʃeːl; born 8 July 1919) is a German politician (FDP). He served as Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development from 1961 to 1966, Foreign Minister of Germany and Vice Chancellor from 1969 to 1974, acting Chancellor of Germany from 7 May to 16 May 1974 (following the resignation of Willy Brandt after the Guillaume Affair), and finally as President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1979.

He is currently the oldest former German president alive and the longest-lived German head of state.


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