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January 29, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Social Democratic Party, West Germany's principal national opposition party, won a strong victory in Saarland state elections Sunday, virtually ensuring that state Premier Oskar Lafontaine will be the party's candidate for federal chancellor. The national elections are scheduled later this year. With Lafontaine heading the ticket, the Social Democrats retained their majority in the Saarland state legislature. Television projections gave the Social Democrat's 54.
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September 28, 1990 | United Press International
Less than one week before German unification, the East and West German Social Democratic parties merged into a single organization and pledged to help the new Germany "find its place in a peaceful Europe." When the two countries unite next Wednesday, the Social Democratic Party, or SPD, will be the largest opposition group to the conservative-led government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl in December elections.
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February 16, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chancellor Helmut Kohl said Thursday that German reunification is close to becoming a fact. "We have never been so close to our goal--the unity of all Germans in freedom--as we are today," Kohl said in an address to the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament.
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September 24, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
United in their doubts about German reunification, radical leftists from East and West have formed a coalition of convenience to better their chances in the all-German elections on Dec. 2. At a weekend congress in the Bavarian city of Bayreuth, West Germany's Greens party and East Germany's Alliance 90 joined forces for the coming campaign and ruled out cooperation with the left-of-center Social Democrats. Both the Greens and the East German leftists oppose the reunification set for Oct. 3.
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March 20, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oskar Lafontaine, the 46-year-old premier of the depressed West German state of Saarland, was chosen Monday to lead the opposition Social Democratic Party in the election for chancellor against incumbent Helmut Kohl. Lafontaine was named in a secret party ballot only a day after the allied Social Democrats of East Germany were badly beaten by a center-right coalition of parties aligned with Kohl's Christian Democrats in the first free elections in that nation.
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September 24, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
United in their doubts about German reunification, radical leftists from East and West have formed a coalition of convenience to better their chances in the all-German elections on Dec. 2. At a weekend congress in the Bavarian city of Bayreuth, West Germany's Greens party and East Germany's Alliance 90 joined forces for the coming campaign and ruled out cooperation with the left-of-center Social Democrats. Both the Greens and the East German leftists oppose the reunification set for Oct. 3.
NEWS
September 28, 1990 | United Press International
Less than one week before German unification, the East and West German Social Democratic parties merged into a single organization and pledged to help the new Germany "find its place in a peaceful Europe." When the two countries unite next Wednesday, the Social Democratic Party, or SPD, will be the largest opposition group to the conservative-led government of Chancellor Helmut Kohl in December elections.
NEWS
May 10, 1988
Chancellor Helmut Kohl said a "dirty tricks" campaign waged by a state leader of his Christian Democratic Party was mainly to blame for the landslide victory of the opposition Social Democrats in Sunday's election in the West German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The Social Democrats won 46 seats in the 74-member state Parliament to end 38 years of Christian Democratic rule.
NEWS
May 30, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barely two weeks after victories in two state elections lifted the opposition Social Democrats into a position to challenge West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on key elements of the German unification process, serious internal differences threaten to destroy those gains.
NEWS
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
May 30, 1990 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barely two weeks after victories in two state elections lifted the opposition Social Democrats into a position to challenge West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on key elements of the German unification process, serious internal differences threaten to destroy those gains.
NEWS
May 14, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chancellor Helmut Kohl's conservative Christian Democrats suffered a setback Sunday when voters in state elections took away the party's majority in the upper house of the West German Parliament. The defeat at the hands of the Social Democrats in voting in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony could portend trouble for Kohl in general elections next December. It could also slow legislative action on reunification with East Germany, although it seems unlikely that it will derail the process.
NEWS
April 26, 1990 | TAMARA JONES and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The opposition's candidate for chancellor, Oskar Lafontaine, was seriously wounded Wednesday night when a woman calmly handed him a bouquet of flowers and then slashed his throat with a butcher knife before hundreds of his stunned supporters at a campaign rally here. The attacker was immediately overpowered by bystanders and taken into custody by police.
NEWS
March 20, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oskar Lafontaine, the 46-year-old premier of the depressed West German state of Saarland, was chosen Monday to lead the opposition Social Democratic Party in the election for chancellor against incumbent Helmut Kohl. Lafontaine was named in a secret party ballot only a day after the allied Social Democrats of East Germany were badly beaten by a center-right coalition of parties aligned with Kohl's Christian Democrats in the first free elections in that nation.
NEWS
February 16, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chancellor Helmut Kohl said Thursday that German reunification is close to becoming a fact. "We have never been so close to our goal--the unity of all Germans in freedom--as we are today," Kohl said in an address to the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament.
NEWS
January 29, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Social Democratic Party, West Germany's principal national opposition party, won a strong victory in Saarland state elections Sunday, virtually ensuring that state Premier Oskar Lafontaine will be the party's candidate for federal chancellor. The national elections are scheduled later this year. With Lafontaine heading the ticket, the Social Democrats retained their majority in the Saarland state legislature. Television projections gave the Social Democrat's 54.
NEWS
May 14, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chancellor Helmut Kohl's conservative Christian Democrats suffered a setback Sunday when voters in state elections took away the party's majority in the upper house of the West German Parliament. The defeat at the hands of the Social Democrats in voting in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony could portend trouble for Kohl in general elections next December. It could also slow legislative action on reunification with East Germany, although it seems unlikely that it will derail the process.
NEWS
April 26, 1990 | TAMARA JONES and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The opposition's candidate for chancellor, Oskar Lafontaine, was seriously wounded Wednesday night when a woman calmly handed him a bouquet of flowers and then slashed his throat with a butcher knife before hundreds of his stunned supporters at a campaign rally here. The attacker was immediately overpowered by bystanders and taken into custody by police.
NEWS
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
May 10, 1988
Chancellor Helmut Kohl said a "dirty tricks" campaign waged by a state leader of his Christian Democratic Party was mainly to blame for the landslide victory of the opposition Social Democrats in Sunday's election in the West German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The Social Democrats won 46 seats in the 74-member state Parliament to end 38 years of Christian Democratic rule.
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