Hans-Dietrich Genscher (born in 1927) is a German politician, chairman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) 1974-1985, foreign minister from 1974.
Born in Halle, Genscher settled in West Germany in 1952. He served as interior minister 1969-1974 and then as foreign minister, committed to Ostpolitik (rapprochement with the Communist East) and European cooperation.
As FDP leader, Genscher masterminded the party's switch of allegiance from the Social Democratic Party to the Christian Democratic Union which resulted in the downfall of the Scnmidt government in 1982.
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Hans-Dietrich Genscher is a German politician of the liberal Free Democratic Party.