„Science and future, that is a contradiction.“

"Politics commemorates former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt" from the Kleine Zeitung http://www.kleinezeitung.at/s/politik/aussenpolitik/4863756/Politik-gedenkt-deutschen-Altkanzlers-Helmut-Schmidt

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