WALTER SCHEEL - FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY

Created: 4/20/1973

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Halter SCHEEL (Phonetic: SHALE)

REPUBLIC OF GERMANY

of Foreign Affairs; Vice Chancellor

Addressed as: Mr. Minister

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In his post

alter Scheel,eading proponent of further accommodation with East-ern Europe, especially

East Germany. He

supports unity with

West and feels that tho

greater Western cohesion becomes, the more it will be possible to pursue detente with the East. As chairman of the Free Democratic Party, School set the stage for de"tente when he led his party into coalition with Willy Brandt's Social Democrats The success of tho coalition and of Brandt's Oatpolittk are at least partly due to School's

close personal and working relationship with the Chancellor.

iplomatic lightweight when he took office, Scheel has emergedop-ranking international personality. He is known for his ability to smooth ruffled ministerial feathers, especially within the European Communities.0 Scheeleading role in establishing an Allied stance on possible MBFR negotiations. He traveled to the USSR01 and to the People's Republic of China in

ormer Aid Minister, is interested in the developing nations. An accomplished speaker and debater, he is witty and intelligent. He is well informed on US domestic politics and expects US officials to be equally well informed on German domestic affairs. He speaks English but prefers German in official talks. idower, he remarried

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