A key figure in the years of Cold War passed away on November 10th. Helmut Schmidt, Social Democrat chancellor of West Germany, died at 96.
Edward Lucas remembers him with the following words:
He was so clever, and so rude with it, that his listeners sometimes realised too late that they had been outwitted and insulted. Helmut Schmidt did not just find fools tiresome. He obliterated them. The facts were clear and the logic impeccable. So disagreement was a sign of idiocy.
Read the entire obituary here.