March 5, 1992 |
For Mikhail S. Gorbachev, one of the 20th Century's great figures, it was a comedown--a measure of just how far it is between powerful statesman and has-been. Arriving Wednesday in Germany on his first foreign trip since leaving office last December, the man who more than any other precipitated the changes that swept communism from Europe, came as a simple citizen, the former leader of a former country that was once a superpower. And he was hardly noticed. There were no anthems, no honor guards.
February 9, 1993 |
With their own state's image tarnished by its new anti-gay law, a large delegation of elected Colorado officials and community leaders launched a "journey for justice" Monday to learn about intolerance more than 5,000 miles from home. The privately funded tour of Germany was led by Lt. Gov. Michael Callihan, who raised the ire of Bonn officials with a news release that appeared to compare the wave of right-wing violence here to human rights abuses in Iraq, Somalia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
May 14, 1998 |
In what could have been a campaign speech for beleaguered German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, President Clinton praised Europe's longest-serving leader Wednesday for making the continent's stunning transition possible and urged its other leaders to stay on his course. "This magic moment in history did not simply arrive," Clinton said in an address at the Schauspielhaus, the famed opera house that once was on the Communist side of the Berlin Wall.
November 23, 1991 |
Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin said Friday that the Russian economy will be open for foreign investment in coming weeks and that Germany can expect "the greatest most-favored-nation status and freedom of trade possible." Yeltsin's comments came as he met with political and industrial leaders on the second day of his first major foreign relations tour since the failed Kremlin coup effectively made him his nation's most powerful leader.
July 11, 2000 |
President Mohammad Khatami launched a "new beginning" in relations with Germany as he became the first Iranian leader to visit the country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But even as he and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder spoke of their desire for stronger ties, thousands of opponents of Iran's clerical rulers protested in the streets. Police said about 7,000 people marched through Berlin, the capital.
March 11, 1992 |
Nearing the end of his first foreign visit since leaving office late last year, former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev waded in to glad-hand a group of well-wishers in the north German city of Guetersloh. He came away without his gold wristwatch, police said Tuesday.