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February 14, 1990 | ROBERT C. TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Big Four victors of World War II and the two halves of defeated Germany agreed here Tuesday to begin historic talks "shortly" to reunify Germany and to discuss the security concerns of neighboring states. After a frenetic day of bilateral talks among their foreign ministers, the six nations issued a brief statement that, however vague, begins a process that will finally lead to a peace settlement with Germany 45 years after the end of the war.
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November 17, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Russian Federation has decided to expel former East German leader Erich Honecker, its justice minister said Saturday, but Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev opposes returning him to stand trial in Germany on charges of giving shoot-to-kill orders to guards at the Berlin Wall.
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September 7, 1987 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
East German leader Erich Honecker is due to arrive today in West Germany on a long-awaited and momentous visit that marks a triumph for him personally and for his once-shunned nation. Full of confidence for his own and his nation's accomplishments, Honecker will be received by Chancellor Helmut Kohl as the leader of a nation that has built the most successful economy in the Communist Bloc.
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September 25, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
East Germany, discarding two of the Communists' most cherished symbols just nine days before reunification, left the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact on Monday and bade farewell to foreign ambassadors. Disarmament and Defense Minister Rainer Eppelmann, a pacifist pastor, signed the historic agreement to quit the pact with the alliance's supreme commander, Soviet Gen. Pyotr Lushev.
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October 9, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
Security forces broke up a candle-lit protest march in East Berlin on Sunday as ordinary citizens here and in other cities deplored the brutal police suppression of peaceful demonstrations that called upon East Germany's hard-line regime to undertake political reforms. Despite chants by the marchers in East Berlin of "No violence! No violence!" police snatched some participants from the 1,500-strong march, beating them on the head with truncheons, witnesses said.
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June 16, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
East Germany tentatively agreed Friday to return property seized by the Communist regime over the past 40 years, opening the floodgates for hundreds of thousands of West Germans who want to reclaim the homes and businesses they thought they had lost forever. The draft agreement signed by the East and West German governments is the first major step toward resolving the most emotionally charged issue of German reunification.
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April 13, 1990 | TAMARA JONES and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Expressing "sorrow and shame" Thursday, East Germany for the first time shared blame for the Holocaust and begged forgiveness from Israel and "all the Jews of the world." The historic apology ended more than 40 years of Communist denial as East Germany began its uncertain journey on the road toward reunification with West Germany. It came on the day East Germany swore in its first democratic government, confirming human rights lawyer Lothar de Maiziere as prime minister.
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February 7, 1990 | ROBERT C. TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After consultations with his French and British counterparts, Secretary of State James A. Baker III carries to Moscow today the outlines of a common allied position on German reunification, which has emerged as the most pressing single problem following the upheavals in Eastern Europe, senior U.S. officials indicated Tuesday.
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February 15, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush expressed surprise Wednesday that the Soviet Union had withdrawn its strong opposition to the U.S.-backed reunification talks of the two German states and permitted "a major breakthrough" in the process. "This surprised me that they (the Soviets) were willing to make an agreement on that," Bush said. "I mean to be very elated about . . . the fact that the Secretary (of State James A.
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April 30, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
East Germany proposed Sunday that a united Germany become a member of NATO if the Western alliance changes its "strategy and structures," transforming itself into a political and economic alliance rather than a military grouping confronting the Soviet Union. Prime Minister Lothar de Maiziere, completing a day of talks with President Mikhail S.
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July 15, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Political graffiti of any kind are a rarity in newly democratic East Germany, but the words on a crumbling stucco wall in this Soviet garrison town are in a class all their own. "Russians Out!" someone has scrawled in red, and added a swastika for good measure. The swastika, according to townspeople, is most likely the work of skinheads who tumble out of the town's single discotheque at closing time and, in recent weeks, have been harassing solitary Soviet soldiers.
NEWS
July 6, 1990 | From Reuters
East Germany's defense minister said Thursday that tension is rising between impoverished Soviet troops based in the country and increasingly resentful local people. Never much loved by ordinary East Germans, Soviet troops now face the unrestrained resentment of people fed up with decades of noisy exercises, troop movements and low-flying military aircraft.
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June 24, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On subjects ranging from arms control to German reunification, the Bush Administration has concluded that it can safely ignore the Soviet Union's hard-line positions, confident that Moscow will eventually retreat. A ranking State Department official offered this assessment Saturday in explaining why the American delegation is unconcerned about tough new Soviet conditions for German unity which, on the surface, appeared to be deal-wreckers.
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June 16, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev visited West Germany a year ago, he was asked the inevitable question: How long would the Berlin Wall stand, when would the two Germanys be reunited? This was a question for the future, Gorbachev replied, showing some new Soviet flexibility on what had been a "No, never" issue for the Kremlin. "Let history decide," Gorbachev told the West Germans.
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June 16, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
East Germany tentatively agreed Friday to return property seized by the Communist regime over the past 40 years, opening the floodgates for hundreds of thousands of West Germans who want to reclaim the homes and businesses they thought they had lost forever. The draft agreement signed by the East and West German governments is the first major step toward resolving the most emotionally charged issue of German reunification.
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June 1, 1990 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
German reunification virtually pushed arms control aside as the central issue of the Soviet-American summit at its outset Thursday because Moscow fears a united and powerful Germany as a greater, more immediate threat than all the missiles in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Even more than an agreement on nuclear arms, Soviet President Mikhail S.
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March 20, 1990 | DAN FISHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The surprise landslide victory by East Germany's moderate-right alliance in weekend elections puts more pressure on strategists already facing a task of historic complexity: shaping institutions of European integration and security to replace the outdated structures of the Cold War era. The process has been compared in its importance to the Congress of Vienna in 1815, which reordered a Continent left adrift by the collapse of the Napoleonic empire and molded its future for decades.
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October 31, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of thousands of East Germans in five cities demonstrated Monday night for political and economic reforms as the nation's new Communist leader warned them not to destabilize the country with what he termed excessive demands. A reported 300,000 marchers turned out in Leipzig, the nation's second city, in the sixth successive weekly demonstration calling for more democracy in the nation of 16.6 million.
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May 26, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
German unity, an issue the United States and its Western partners once believed would be settled easily at the conference tables of Europe, suddenly looms as potentially the toughest, thorniest issue of next week's super-power summit in Washington.
NEWS
May 6, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL and NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On a day heavy with history and rich in optimism, the principal World War II powers came together Saturday to plan the reunification of Germany and the beginning of a new European order.
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