I am deeply saddened by the passing of Helmut Schmidt.
He was a great statesman who believed in the European project and in strengthening our transatlantic Alliance.
Mr Schmidt was an insightful leader who understood that there is no contradiction between a strong defence and dialogue. This provided a firm basis for constructive engagement during the Cold War. A principled leader, Schmidt stood behind his convictions even when they were unpopular.
I express my most profound condolences to his family and the people of Germany.
L. J. De Rothschild