Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Guest of Honour at the Standehaus Gathering
DUSSELDORF, Germany, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was the guest of honour at the 50th anniversary of
the gathering at the Standehaus-Treff.
Almost every figure of note from the world of German politics and economics has
attended the prestige event in Duesseldorf at one time or another.
Famous politicians and business leaders are interviewed by a leading journalist during
the event, which is hosted by SIGNA Property Funds, headed by real estate investor Rene
This time around the 93-year old guest of honour Helmut Schmidt was interviewed for an
hour at the podium by the editor-in-chief of Germany’s most widely read weekly newspaper
Die ZEIT, Giovanni de Lorenzo – just as in the famous column, “A Cigarette with Helmut
On the occasion of the anniversary event, Rene Benko said he was proud to welcome
Germany’s most popular individual today to discover his views on world affairs, the
current situation in Europe and the most recent developments in Germany.
The art of probing not only the political views, but also the private life of its
guests has, over the years, made the gathering at the Standehaus one of the most coveted
invitations in Germany.
The event has become the major premise for the ‘Elder Statesmen’ of German politics.
Previous guests at the event series, which takes place four times a year, include
Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, former President Christian
Wulff, former Federal Minister of Defense Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Federal Minister of
Finance Wolfgang Schauble, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle as well as the Telekom Chief
Executive Rene Obermann and Entertainer Herman van Veen, among others.
Photo caption: “Ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and SIGNA Chief Rene Benko at the
Standehaus-Treff in Duesseldorf”.
SOURCE Market Strategy