May 24, 1999 |
Johannes Rau, a smooth-talking moderate in Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's left-leaning Social Democratic Party, won election as Germany's eighth postwar president in a vote in the renovated Reichstag building in Berlin. Rau won an absolute majority in a special federal assembly that convened in the refurbished Parliament building 50 years to the day after the constitution written in the aftermath of Adolf Hitler's dictatorship took effect. He will be sworn in to succeed Roman Herzog on July 1.
February 17, 2000 |
In an address as significant for the language in which it was uttered as for its conciliatory tone, German President Johannes Rau on Wednesday asked Israel's parliament to forgive his nation for the Holocaust and pledged to fight a resurgence of anti-Semitism and far-right extremism in Europe.
December 17, 1985 |
Johannes Rau, the newly designated Social Democratic candidate for the West German chancellorship, opened his campaign Monday with a pledge to take a more critical approach to U.S. policy in Europe. Rau, 54, the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's largest state, was designated the Social Democratic challenger to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, a Christian Democrat, at an executive board meeting late Sunday.
February 14, 1986 |
Late last summer, Johannes Rau appeared to be the new golden boy of West German politics. Rau, leader of the Social Democrats, had led his party to an impressive, absolute-majority victory in the May election in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in West Germany.
January 19, 1987 |
Johannes Rau, the opposition candidate for chancellor in the Jan. 25 election, has resorted to a traditional device for underdogs--the whistle-stop campaign. Rau is the candidate of the Social Democrats, and he is in good form as his modern, diesel-powered train winds through the snow-covered hills of Bavaria, stopping at towns like Kempten, Kufbeuren and Guenzberg.
August 26, 1986 |
The opposition Social Democrats chose Johannes Rau as their candidate for chancellor today after he demanded that U.S. nuclear missiles be withdrawn from West Germany. He also urged the Soviets to reduce their missile strength and said he would cancel participation in the U.S. "Star Wars" program. The left-leaning party voted 425 to 1 with three abstentions to make him the leader of its ticket in national elections Jan. 25. Rau will face conservative Chancellor Helmut Kohl, a staunch U.S.