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August 23, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl tried Tuesday to calm a political uproar in his Christian Democratic Party by naming a popular member of Parliament, Volker Ruehe, as his choice for party general secretary. The tempest was churned up Monday when Kohl told the incumbent general secretary, Heinz Geissler, that his services were not wanted as chief strategist for next year's national election campaign. Kohl, as chairman, is the party's overall leader.
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August 23, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl tried Tuesday to calm a political uproar in his Christian Democratic Party by naming a popular member of Parliament, Volker Ruehe, as his choice for party general secretary. The tempest was churned up Monday when Kohl told the incumbent general secretary, Heinz Geissler, that his services were not wanted as chief strategist for next year's national election campaign. Kohl, as chairman, is the party's overall leader.
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March 19, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Shouting racial slurs, nine soldiers armed with baseball bats and knives attacked an Italian and two Turks in the eastern town of Detmold, prompting Defense Minister Volker Ruehe to order an inquiry. The soldiers, ages 20 to 23, were arrested; the victims were treated for head injuries.
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December 8, 1992
Defense ministers of Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain are expected to give their go-ahead this week for the European Fighter Aircraft project, clearing the way for the largest such industrial enterprise on the Continent to continue. Action is expected at the regular meeting of NATO defense ministers Thursday and Friday.
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May 2, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
German Defense Minister Volker Ruehe and U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry opened a German air force tactical training center at a U.S. base in New Mexico. Ruehe said Germany will spend about $160 million over the next three years to train pilots at the Holloman Air Force Base. Twelve Tornado jets, 24 F-4 Phantoms and 300 German pilots will be stationed at the base.
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August 4, 1992
The defense ministers of Spain, Germany, Great Britain and Italy will meet in the Spanish capital this week to decide the future of the proposed, multibillion-dollar European Fighter Aircraft. German Defense Minister Volker Ruehe has already said his country wants to pull out of the massive project because of its enormous expense and because the Soviet threat no longer exists.
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December 21, 1993 | Reuters
Germany will withdraw its troops from Somalia by March 31, joining the American pullout from the U.N. peacekeeping operation, the government said Monday. Spokesman Dieter Vogel told reporters that Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Cabinet had unanimously backed the withdrawal, prompted by concern that the departure of other Western contingents could leave German troops trapped in remote northern Somalia.
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December 13, 1992 | Reuters
Germany said Saturday that it will send as many as eight military transport planes to Somalia to help distribute aid there. Defense Minister Volker Ruehe had expressed frustration with restrictions on German troops joining the U.S.-led relief mission there and said Friday that he was looking into non-military tasks for them.
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August 4, 1992 | From Associated Press
Germany began destroying stockpiles of tanks and other heavy weapons Monday, becoming the first country to implement the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty. Thousands of tanks, artillery pieces, armored vehicles and attack aircraft must be destroyed under the 1990 accord. Its ratification was delayed by the breakup last year of the Soviet Union, which had signed as the leader of the now-defunct Warsaw Pact.
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February 6, 1994 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton Administration sought Saturday to maintain the momentum of its new "Partnership for Peace" program, urging U.S. allies to move ahead quickly on setting up machinery to enable new Eastern European democracies to take part in NATO exercises. Arriving at a two-day conference of European defense ministers here, U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry called on NATO countries to take "vigorous, concrete actions" to provide facilities and training for former Warsaw Pact military units.
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March 5, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Germany's besieged Christian Democrats were dealt another setback when a court ordered a reexamination of a 1999 election the CDU won in Hesse state with the help of illegal campaign contributions. The Hesse parliament electoral review court ruled Friday that the CDU had acted in a fashion "contrary to good morals" by using funds that the party had illegally hidden in foreign bank accounts to help finance the election campaign.
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