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September 14, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
The number of East German refugees entering West Germany dropped markedly Wednesday, but the diplomatic argument between East Germany and Hungary remained heated. In Passau, the main gateway to West Germany in Bavaria, frontier officials said that the flow of refugees has slackened and that most of those who had crossed the border since midnight Sunday had moved out for more permanent lodgings elsewhere in West Germany.
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July 13, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An international legion of bronzed backpackers braved vacation plans gone astray. Rail workers marshaled three of the longest trains ever seen in peacetime Europe. A platoon of Italian soldiers swapped its weapons for wire-cutters and weed-trimmers. A Calabrian bishop in the Italian boot hustled volunteer interpreters toward Brindisi from villages where Albanian has survived for centuries as a local dialect.
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April 8, 1989 | From Reuters
Refugees seeking asylum, particularly Yugoslavs and Poles, are pouring into West Germany at almost double the record rate of 1988, the government said Friday. An Interior Ministry statement said 34,812 asylum-seekers were registered in the first three months of 1989 compared with 18,527 in the corresponding period last year. A total of 103,000 arrived in 1988. About half the 11,235 people who arrived last month were Yugoslavs and Poles, followed by Turks, Sri Lankans and Lebanese.
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November 15, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The newly elected East German prime minister, Hans Modrow, opened talks with non-Communist Party leaders Tuesday in an effort to form what he called a "genuine coalition government." He and Communist leader Egon Krenz conferred with the heads of four small parties that have suddenly displayed independence after years of serving as Communist Party satellites.
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September 20, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
East and West Germany exchanged denunciations Tuesday as the flow of East German refugees continued through Hungary and Austria to West Germany and as the Bonn government closed its embassy in Warsaw to the public because of refugees there. In East Berlin, the Communist regime accused the West German government of organizing the exodus of East Germans and charged that West German diplomats had disguised themselves as charity workers to facilitate the process.
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September 13, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
The refugees from Communist East Germany pitching their tents at this impromptu camp near the Danube River sense that the freewheeling, capitalistic society they have opted for might have some perils. But few, it would appear, expected that their very first encounters would be with headhunters.
NEWS
September 13, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
Moving to abate a growing political crisis, the Communist regime of East Germany on Tuesday demanded that Hungary curb the tide of East Germans crossing the border to the West as refugees continued to arrive at camps here and elsewhere. "East Germany expects Hungary immediately to take back its unilateral decision to suspend parts of the agreement on visa-free travel," said an official protest to the Hungarian government whose text was reported by the state-run ADN news agency.
NEWS
November 15, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The newly elected East German prime minister, Hans Modrow, opened talks with non-Communist Party leaders Tuesday in an effort to form what he called a "genuine coalition government." He and Communist leader Egon Krenz conferred with the heads of four small parties that have suddenly displayed independence after years of serving as Communist Party satellites.
NEWS
July 13, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An international legion of bronzed backpackers braved vacation plans gone astray. Rail workers marshaled three of the longest trains ever seen in peacetime Europe. A platoon of Italian soldiers swapped its weapons for wire-cutters and weed-trimmers. A Calabrian bishop in the Italian boot hustled volunteer interpreters toward Brindisi from villages where Albanian has survived for centuries as a local dialect.
NEWS
February 12, 1987
A new plot to smuggle up to 250 Tamil refugees from West Germany to Canada by ship has been uncovered, police and Tamil sources in Hamburg said. They said that Bonn has alerted Canada to the plan but that the organizers might still go ahead with their operation from another European port, possibly Dutch. Last August, 155 Tamils, fleeing ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, were set adrift in lifeboats by a West German ship off Newfoundland. They are now living in eastern Canada.
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September 20, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
East and West Germany exchanged denunciations Tuesday as the flow of East German refugees continued through Hungary and Austria to West Germany and as the Bonn government closed its embassy in Warsaw to the public because of refugees there. In East Berlin, the Communist regime accused the West German government of organizing the exodus of East Germans and charged that West German diplomats had disguised themselves as charity workers to facilitate the process.
NEWS
September 14, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
The number of East German refugees entering West Germany dropped markedly Wednesday, but the diplomatic argument between East Germany and Hungary remained heated. In Passau, the main gateway to West Germany in Bavaria, frontier officials said that the flow of refugees has slackened and that most of those who had crossed the border since midnight Sunday had moved out for more permanent lodgings elsewhere in West Germany.
NEWS
September 13, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
The refugees from Communist East Germany pitching their tents at this impromptu camp near the Danube River sense that the freewheeling, capitalistic society they have opted for might have some perils. But few, it would appear, expected that their very first encounters would be with headhunters.
NEWS
September 13, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
Moving to abate a growing political crisis, the Communist regime of East Germany on Tuesday demanded that Hungary curb the tide of East Germans crossing the border to the West as refugees continued to arrive at camps here and elsewhere. "East Germany expects Hungary immediately to take back its unilateral decision to suspend parts of the agreement on visa-free travel," said an official protest to the Hungarian government whose text was reported by the state-run ADN news agency.
NEWS
April 8, 1989 | From Reuters
Refugees seeking asylum, particularly Yugoslavs and Poles, are pouring into West Germany at almost double the record rate of 1988, the government said Friday. An Interior Ministry statement said 34,812 asylum-seekers were registered in the first three months of 1989 compared with 18,527 in the corresponding period last year. A total of 103,000 arrived in 1988. About half the 11,235 people who arrived last month were Yugoslavs and Poles, followed by Turks, Sri Lankans and Lebanese.
NEWS
January 7, 1988 | Associated Press
All 138,000 copies of the January issue of the official review of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees have been burned because the head of the agency felt its contents unfairly represented West Germany's policy toward asylum seekers, his spokeswoman said today. Jean-Pierre Hocke, a Swiss, ordered more than 100,000 copies of the magazine, Refugees, destroyed, the spokeswoman said. The issue cost about $50,000 to print.
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January 3, 1985 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
Seventeen of 60 East Germans attempting to flee to the West through Prague gave up Wednesday and left the West German Embassy there for home, West German officials said here. It was the largest number of asylum seekers to withdraw from the embassy since last month, when negotiations on their future collapsed. West German Foreign Ministry officials also indicated that at least some of the 43 people still in the embassy are expected to abandon their effort in the next few days.
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