Helmut Schmidt’s last cigarette: Europe has lost a voice of reason

Helmut Schmidt’s last cigarette: Europe has lost a voice of reason

The death of Helmut Schmidt genuinely marks the end of an era. The 96-year-old former German Chancellor and celebrated media pundit was a voice of reason in an increasingly self-destructive Europe.

In a country renowned for both conjuring and vigorously applying rules, Germany’s smoking laws have been a modern day aberration.

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