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US covertly financed Germany's Willy Brandt: historian

Rumours of US aid for Willy Brandt, pictured on July 5, 1977, had been swirling for decadesWashington bankrolled Willy Brandt in an internal party tussle that the politician finally won before eventually becoming the chancellor of West Germany, according to a historian, Der Spiegel magazine reported Friday. The Americans provided Brandt, then a Bundestag MP with 200,000 marks in the 1950s, Scott Krause said, citing the results of his research at the Berlin state archives. The sum was equivalent to about a third of the annual membership subscription fees that Brandt’s Social Democrats received in Berlin, the magazine said.

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