September 18, 1989 |
East Germany's Communist regime seems determined to ride out the crisis provoked by thousands of its citizens seeking refuge in the West and has shown no sign of initiating reforms that might help keep its citizens from trying to leave. And, diplomatic analysts say, this policy may lead to even greater problems in the future for the country's aging leadership. "The choice is an almost impossible one for the government," a senior diplomat here said.
March 19, 1990 |
Sunday's East German elections mark the real start of the German reunification process. Outgoing Communist caretaker Prime Minister Hans Modrow ran his weak, transitional government with a dignity that won the respect of many in both Germanys, but he had neither the legitimacy to take major decisions nor the power to stop the sense of drift and uncertainty that has so clouded the country's hard-won freedom.