March 20, 1990 |
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.
September 24, 1990 |
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.
September 28, 1990 |
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.
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.
May 30, 1990 |
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.
September 20, 1989 |
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.