German politician Thomas Schaeuble dies at 64
Thomas Schaeuble, the younger brother of Germany's finance minister and himself a longtime politician, has died at age 64.
The governor of southwestern Baden-Wuerttemberg state, Winfried Kretschmann, expressed sorrow Friday at Thomas Schaeuble's death.
He died late Thursday after suffering from complications following a heart attack last summer.
Schaeuble served as Baden-Wuerttemberg's state interior minister from 1996 to 2004. Since leaving the government, he had headed the state-owned Rothaus brewery.
Like his elder brother Wolfgang, the 70-year-old finance minister, Thomas Schaeuble was a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats.
Wolfgang Schaeuble, a one-time party leader who helped negotiate German reunification more than two decades ago, has been a key figure in the eurozone debt crisis since becoming Merkel's finance minister in 2009.