Berlin Brandenburg Airport is named after Willy Brandt (1913–1992), who is considered one of the most extraordinary statesmen of the 20th century. Brandt’s political rise began as Mayor of Berlin. He entered national politics in the 1960s as Chancellor Kiesinger’s deputy and Foreign Minister. Brandt was elected Germany’s first Social Democratic chancellor in 1969. His period of office was hallmarked by reconciliation with the country’s eastern neighbours and a domestic policy of “daring more democracy”.