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January 28, 2006 | From Associated Press
Johannes Rau, the former German president who urged his country to open up to foreigners and promoted deeper ties with Israel, died Friday, his office announced. Rau was 75. No cause of death was given, but Rau had suffered from persistent health problems in recent years. During his 1999-2004 term as president, Rau paid particular attention to cementing Germany's ties with Israel, rooted in the countries' shared history of the Holocaust.
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January 28, 2006 | From Associated Press
Johannes Rau, the former German president who urged his country to open up to foreigners and promoted deeper ties with Israel, died Friday, his office announced. Rau was 75. No cause of death was given, but Rau had suffered from persistent health problems in recent years. During his 1999-2004 term as president, Rau paid particular attention to cementing Germany's ties with Israel, rooted in the countries' shared history of the Holocaust.
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October 26, 1986
Johannes Rau, the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor of West Germany, pledged to halt Bonn's participation in the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative if elected in January. He told an election rally that the agreement between the U.S. and West German governments to work jointly on the U.S. "Star Wars" project "is contrary to the vital interests of our people."
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February 17, 2000 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 24, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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February 17, 2000 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 17, 1985 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 14, 1986 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 19, 1987 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 25, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
Chancellor Helmut Kohl's conservative coalition is expected to win another four years in office in the West German parliamentary election today. All major public opinion polls indicate that victory in the low-key election campaign will go to Kohl's Christian Democratic Union, its Bavarian affiliate, the Christian Social Union, and their junior coalition partner, the Free Democratic Party, with a combined tally of about 55%.
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May 24, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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January 19, 1987 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 26, 1986
Johannes Rau, the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor of West Germany, pledged to halt Bonn's participation in the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative if elected in January. He told an election rally that the agreement between the U.S. and West German governments to work jointly on the U.S. "Star Wars" project "is contrary to the vital interests of our people."
NEWS
February 14, 1986 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 17, 1985 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 26, 1986 | Associated Press
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.
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