Hans-Dietrich Genscher

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Hans-Dietrich Genscher

German politician of the liberal Free Democratic Party add

Category: Politics

Born in 1927.

Countries: Germany (65%), Russia (9%), Europe (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Willy Brandt, Free Democratic Party (Germany), Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Linked to: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Free Democratic Party, European integration, Liberal Democratic Party of Germany

 

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Hans-Dietrich Genscher was born in 1927 add something


1945

In 1945 he became a member of the Nazi Party add something

 

In 1945, Genscher was a young soldier in General Walther Wenck's 12th Army add something


1952

In 1952, Genscher fled to West Germany, where he joined the Free Democratic Party add something


1954

He passed his second state examination in law in Hamburg in 1954 and became a solicitor in Bremen add something


1965

In 1965 Genscher was elected on the North Rhine-Westphalian FDP list to the West German parliament and remained a member of parliament until his retirement in 1998 add something

 

Konrad Seitz - In 1965 Dr. Seitz entered the German Foreign Service, and in 1975 he became a speechwriter for then-foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, a position he retained until 1987


1968

Free Democratic Party (Germany) - The new chairman elected delegates in 1968 Walter Scheel, a European-oriented liberals, although it came from the national liberal camp, but with Willi Weyer and Hans-Dietrich Genscher led the new center of the party


1969

After serving in several party offices, he was appointed Minister of the Interior by Chancellor Willy Brandt, whose Social Democratic Party was in coalition with the FDP, in 1969; in 1974, he became foreign minister and Vice Chancellor add something


1972

Genscher's popularity with Israel declined further when he endorsed the handing over of the three captured hijackers to the Palestinians following the hijacking of a Lufthansa plane on 29 October 1972 add something

 

Gerhart Baum - From 1972, Baum served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior under minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, in the governments of Chancellor Willy Brandt and his successor Helmut Schmidt


1974

He served as Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany from 1974 to 1982 and, after a two-week pause, from 1982 to 1992, making him Germany's longest serving Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor add something

 

In the SPD-FDP coalition, he helped shape Brandt's policy of deescalation with the communist East, commonly known as "Ostpolitik", which was continued under Helmut Schmidt after Brandt's resignation in 1974 add something

 

Foreign Office (Germany) - From 1974 until 1992 - with a short pause in 1982 - Hans-Dietrich Genscher served as Foreign Minister and continued to champion Brandt's "Ostpolitik" while playing a crucial role in the preparation of German reunification

 

German Foreign Office - From 1974 until 1992 - with a short pause in 1982 - Hans-Dietrich Genscher served as Foreign Minister and continued to champion Brandt's "Ostpolitik" while playing a crucial role in the preparation of German reunification

 

Free Democratic Party (Germany) - Walter Scheel was first foreign minister and vice chancellor, 1974, he was second-liberal President and paving the way for inner-party the previous interior minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher free


1980

Genscher was an active participant in the further development of the European Union, taking an active part in the Single European Act Treaty negotiations in the mid 1980s, as well as the joint publication of the Genscher-Colombo plan with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Emilio Colombo which advocated further integration and deepening of relations in the European Union towards a more federalist European State add something

 

He is most respected for his efforts that helped spell the end of the Cold War, in the late 1980s when Communist eastern European governments toppled, and which led to German reunification add something

 

Sadegh Tabatabai - On 21 March 1980, Tabatabai met Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, to discuss a possible ending of the hostage crisis in Tehran in Bonn in 1980


1982

Hans-Christoph Seebohm - When the grand coalition under Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger took office, he left the cabinet, having served as a federal minister for seventeen years, a record beaten only by Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher's 23 years but as of 2011 still the record for uninterrupted service

 

Free Democratic Party (Germany) - At the party in November 1982, the Schleswig-Holstein state chairman Uwe Ronneburger kicked Hans-Dietrich Genscher as party chairman


1988

In 1988, he was awarded the Prize For Freedom of the Liberal International add something


1989

His 30 September 1989 speech from the balcony of the German embassy in Prague was an important milestone on the road to the end of the GDR add something


1991

In 1991, Genscher raced to recognize the Republic of Croatia in the Croatian War of Independence shortly after the Serbian attack on Vukovar add something

 

In 1991, he was Chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe add something


1992

He retained his posts as foreign minister and vice chancellor through German reunification and until 1992, when he stepped down for health reasons add something

 

In 1992, Genscher, together with his Danish colleague Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, took the initiative to create the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the EuroFaculty add something

 

Hafez al-Assad - German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher visited Syria in September 1992 to discuss the improvement of relations between the countries


2000

He founded his own Hans-Dietrich Genscher Consult GmbH in 2000 add something


2009

In 2009 he expressed public concern at Pope Benedict XVI's lifting of excommunication of the bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X add something


2013

On Dec 20, 2013, it was revealed that Genscher played a key role in coordinating the release and flight to Germany of Russia's former head of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky add something

 

When Khodorkovsky's mother was in a Berlin hospital with cancer in November 2013, Genscher passed a message to Khordorkovsky suggesting the prisoner should write a pardon letter to Putin emphasizing his mother's ill health add something

 

On December 20, 2013, it was revealed that Genscher played a key role in coordinating the release and flight to Germany of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos add something

 

Mikhail Khodorkovsky - Khodorkovsky was pardoned by President Vladimir Putin following lobbying for his release by Hans-Dietrich Genscher, and released from jail on 20 December 2013


2014

Genscher signed on in 2014 to be a member of the Southern Corridor Advisory Panel, a BP-led consortium which includes former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Peter Sutherland, chairman of Goldman Sachs International add something


2016

Genscher died at his home outside Bonn in Wachtberg on 31 March 2016 from heart failure, one week and three days after his 89th birthday add something