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Dr. Richard von Weizsäcker

Dr. von Weizsäcker is the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, serving a rare double term from 1984-1994. He was Chairman of the Commission on “Common Security and the Future of the German Armed Forces” until May 2000.

He attended Oxford and Grenoble Universities, followed by Göttingen University, where he studied law and history.

Dr. von Weizsäcker was co-chairman of the Independent Working Group on the future of the United Nations (1994-95). He was one of the “Three Wise Men” who were requested by the President of the European Union, Romano Prodi, to elaborate suggestions for an institutional reform of the European Union in preparation for the integration of new member states (1999). His memoirs have been published as From Weimar to the Wall, My Life in German Politics (1999).