July 2, 1999 |
The German Parliament bid an emotional goodbye to Bonn after 50 years while saying hello to the country's eighth postwar president, Johannes Rau, and looking forward to the government's return to Berlin. Rau received a warm welcome from thousands of Bonn residents who braved stormy weather to stand in the city's central market square.
September 19, 1986
East Germany has agreed to try to stem the flow of Third World refugees crossing its border into the West, apparently solving a problem that has plagued West Germany. But the announcement came as a slap in the face to West Germany's Chancellor Helmut Kohl, political observers said, because the agreement was arranged by Johannes Rau, leader of West Germany's opposition Social Democratic Party who will oppose Kohl in the national election next January. Under the agreement, which takes effect Oct.
June 2, 2000 |
Protesters angry about the $1.8 billion spent on Germany's first world's fair disrupted the grand opening Thursday by blocking a road and railway lines to the fairgrounds. "Expo No" posters were visible around the entrance as German President Johannes Rau cut a red ribbon and officially declared Expo 2000 open. After a tour, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder declared the extravaganza "a great mixture of entertainment and educational possibilities."
June 15, 1993 |
Leaders of Germany's main opposition party Monday named moderate Rudolf Scharping as the sole candidate to take the helm of the Social Democrats after he won an unprecedented vote by the rank and file. Scharping, the 45-year-old premier of Rhineland-Palatinate state, told television that the party chairman had a right to run as the challenger to Chancellor Helmut Kohl in elections next year. "I won't let anyone take that right away from me," he said.
March 27, 2000 |
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat arrived in Berlin on Sunday at the start of a two-day visit to discuss relations between Germany and the Palestinians. Police said Arafat was taken to his hotel after arriving at the airport here. The Palestinian leader is scheduled to meet today with German President Johannes Rau, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Finance Minister Hans Eichel and the speaker of the German parliament, Wolfgang Thierse.
April 5, 2000 |
At the site of the biggest civilian massacre by Nazi forces in Greece, German President Johannes Rau faced sorrowful survivors Tuesday with a long-awaited expression of grief and shame. Villagers gathered on a rosemary-covered hill below a 35-foot memorial cross where Nazi troops gunned down more than 1,300 men and boys over the age of 15. Rau said that "this place of memory" should serve to remind Germans of their dark deeds.
March 23, 1987 |
Willy Brandt, former West German chancellor and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, resigned today as chairman of the opposition Social Democrats. Brandt, 73, who had led Germany's oldest political party since 1964, quit amid a party uproar over his selection of a Greek woman and non-party member, Margarita Mathiopoulos, as the Social Democrats' chief spokeswoman.
November 5, 2001 |
With its Nazi past, Germany must take care not to go too far in the fight against terror, President Johannes Rau warned Sunday at the opening of a new exhibit on Nazism. The Nazi era showed how easy it is for a society to abandon its democratic principles, Rau said in Nuremberg, the favored parade grounds for Adolf Hitler's National Socialists.
November 16, 2000 |
Leah Rabin, a passionate campaigner for peace, was buried Wednesday beside her husband, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by an extremist Israeli who objected to his peace offers to the Palestinians. World leaders, including First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, paid tribute to Leah Rabin, who died Sunday of cancer. More than 1,500 invited guests attended the simple ceremony in a pine grove at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl Cemetery.
September 6, 1989 |
Poland's Solidarity leader, Lech Walesa, began a five-day visit to West Germany on Tuesday with a plea for Western aid, saying that Solidarity's plan for economic reform in Poland will crumble without it. "Our victory in Poland is like a house of cards," Walesa said during a luncheon with the board of directors of the powerful German Federation of Labor Unions. "It would crumble if it were not financially ensured."