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February 6, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Eastern Germany's Joblessness Jumps 17%: Joblessness in the former East Germany soared last month by 300,000 as more people were thrown out of work by the region's shattered economy. Meanwhile, unemployment in the former West Germany rose to 7% from 6.5%. The sharp rise in east German joblessness was attributed to the expiration of government job subsidies.
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February 6, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Eastern Germany's Joblessness Jumps 17%: Joblessness in the former East Germany soared last month by 300,000 as more people were thrown out of work by the region's shattered economy. Meanwhile, unemployment in the former West Germany rose to 7% from 6.5%. The sharp rise in east German joblessness was attributed to the expiration of government job subsidies.
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August 18, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman in aquamarine eyeliner sneaks past the security guard and clicketyclacks up four flights of stairs in her stilettos. She enters a lunchroom where half a dozen dour workers puff on cigarettes. They smile when they see her. She makes her delivery, passing little white bags around the table. Everyone peeks inside each others' bags. They nod approvingly. The woman collects her money and takes new orders.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1990 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
A reunified Germany is facing the formidable task of absorbing millions of inefficient, underemployed and unemployed East Germans and rebuilding the tattered economy of the East. We may wish our former enemy well, but West Germany's present economic power, augmented by a revitalized East Germany, along with the power of our other former foe, Japan, will mean more trouble for American workers on the industrial battlefronts of the world.
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August 4, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The race toward German unification took a surprise shortcut Friday when leaders of the two nations called joint elections for Oct. 14 in a bid to stave off devastating economic collapse in the East. "A dream is becoming reality," declared West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, vacationing in Austria, after his East German counterpart, Lothar de Maiziere, proposed an all-German vote nearly two months earlier than scheduled.
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August 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than 5,000 East German farmers and forestry workers drove tractors, combines and logging trucks into West Berlin to demand higher wages and job security, but the Bonn government said that rapid raises could slow economic recovery as the socialist system is converted to Western-style capitalism. The farmers and lumber workers said they would start a nationwide strike today.
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February 27, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Several thousand East Germans applied for the first benefits their government has ever given the unemployed, whose ranks may swell dramatically as the nation moves toward capitalism. At the moment, East Germany has a severe labor shortage because skilled workers continue to leave for West Germany. But industrial production has slowed, and the nation is threatened with financial collapse.
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January 4, 1990 | From Associated Press
Government delegates to talks with the opposition said Wednesday that drastic action is necessary to rescue the East German economy, which labors under a huge debt and a severe shortage of skilled workers. The administration of Communist Prime Minister Hans Modrow has recommended price boosts for energy and removal of subsidies on food and other basic goods but rejects following Poland in a radical turn toward a free market.
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May 11, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL and TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A wave of warning strikes swept through East Germany on Thursday as public concern mounted over the economic consequences of unification. Farmers created traffic chaos by blocking major autobahn and highway border crossings to West Germany and Poland, while in East Berlin, angry teachers shouted down a government minister who tried to address them in front of the East German Parliament. Textile and leather workers held token, hourlong strikes in several major cities.
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October 25, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The East German Parliament on Tuesday confirmed Egon Krenz as president, but by an unprecedented divided vote. Refusing to rubber-stamp Krenz's selection last week by the Communist Party Central Committee, 26 of the 500 members of Parliament voted against him; 26 others abstained. The no votes and abstentions came mainly from the Liberal Democratic and Christian Democratic parties, two small satellites of the Communist Party that in the past had been obedient to the wishes of the leadership.
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August 30, 1990 | Reuters
Tens of thousands of public service workers staged wildcat strikes for better pay across East Germany on Wednesday, clogging city centers with convoys of honking ambulances, garbage trucks and fire engines. Public transport, hospitals, water and fire services came to a standstill for two hours in the largest protest so far by workers in the 1.6-million-strong East German service sector. The stoppage indicated growing disillusionment with the German unification process.
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August 18, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman in aquamarine eyeliner sneaks past the security guard and clicketyclacks up four flights of stairs in her stilettos. She enters a lunchroom where half a dozen dour workers puff on cigarettes. They smile when they see her. She makes her delivery, passing little white bags around the table. Everyone peeks inside each others' bags. They nod approvingly. The woman collects her money and takes new orders.
NEWS
August 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than 5,000 East German farmers and forestry workers drove tractors, combines and logging trucks into West Berlin to demand higher wages and job security, but the Bonn government said that rapid raises could slow economic recovery as the socialist system is converted to Western-style capitalism. The farmers and lumber workers said they would start a nationwide strike today.
NEWS
August 4, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The race toward German unification took a surprise shortcut Friday when leaders of the two nations called joint elections for Oct. 14 in a bid to stave off devastating economic collapse in the East. "A dream is becoming reality," declared West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, vacationing in Austria, after his East German counterpart, Lothar de Maiziere, proposed an all-German vote nearly two months earlier than scheduled.
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July 7, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
East and West Germany opened talks Friday on a final unification treaty as more than 120,000 East German industrial workers staged strikes in a dramatic surge of labor unrest over fears of unemployment in the newly united German economy, union officials said. Several thousand workers have walked out every day this week in search of job guarantees and hefty pay hikes. But Friday's action raised discontent to a new pitch.
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June 29, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an hour after official closing time for the town's only bank, yet 14 weary souls waited quietly in the cheap fluorescent glare as the lone teller labored on. In calmer times, everyone here would have long since been home, the bank's manager, Martina Bengsch, admitted, and she would occasionally see her infant daughter before she went to sleep. But for East Germany, these are not calm times.
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August 30, 1990 | Reuters
Tens of thousands of public service workers staged wildcat strikes for better pay across East Germany on Wednesday, clogging city centers with convoys of honking ambulances, garbage trucks and fire engines. Public transport, hospitals, water and fire services came to a standstill for two hours in the largest protest so far by workers in the 1.6-million-strong East German service sector. The stoppage indicated growing disillusionment with the German unification process.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1990 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
A reunified Germany is facing the formidable task of absorbing millions of inefficient, underemployed and unemployed East Germans and rebuilding the tattered economy of the East. We may wish our former enemy well, but West Germany's present economic power, augmented by a revitalized East Germany, along with the power of our other former foe, Japan, will mean more trouble for American workers on the industrial battlefronts of the world.
NEWS
May 11, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL and TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A wave of warning strikes swept through East Germany on Thursday as public concern mounted over the economic consequences of unification. Farmers created traffic chaos by blocking major autobahn and highway border crossings to West Germany and Poland, while in East Berlin, angry teachers shouted down a government minister who tried to address them in front of the East German Parliament. Textile and leather workers held token, hourlong strikes in several major cities.
NEWS
February 27, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Several thousand East Germans applied for the first benefits their government has ever given the unemployed, whose ranks may swell dramatically as the nation moves toward capitalism. At the moment, East Germany has a severe labor shortage because skilled workers continue to leave for West Germany. But industrial production has slowed, and the nation is threatened with financial collapse.
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