Walter Scheel

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Scheel, Walter


Born July 8,1919, in Solingen. State figure of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG).

Scheel studied economics and became a businessman. He joined the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in 1948 and was elected a member of the Bundestag in 1953. He served as vice-president of the Bundestag from 1967 to 1969.

From 1961 to 1966, Scheel was minister for economic cooperation in the coalition government formed by the Christian Democratic Union, the Christian Social Union, and the FDP. He was chairman of his party from 1968 to 1974 and subsequently honorary chairman. From 1969 to 1974, Scheel served as both vicechancellor and minister of foreign affairs in the coalition government formed by the FDP and the Social Democratic Party of Germany. He was directly involved in negotiating treaties between his country and the USSR (signed 1970), the Polish People’s Republic (1970), the German Democratic Republic (1972), and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (1973). Scheel was president of the FRG from 1974 to 1979.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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