CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1987 |
Willy Brandt has resigned under fire from the chairmanship of the West German Social Democratic Party because, as he has admitted, he has lost the confidence of the party that he led for 23 years. The Socialists have been defeated in the last two elections, and this year went down with their worst showing in more than a quarter of a century.
October 9, 1992 |
Willy Brandt, one of the most important, influential statesmen of the post-World War II era, has died, officials of his Social Democratic Party said early today. He was 78 and had suffered from cancer. He reportedly died late Thursday night at his home south of Bonn, where he had withdrawn to spend his final weeks. The German radio station Deutschlandfunk seemed to speak for the nation in its bulletin reporting Brandt's death: "His passing comes as a shock, even though one expected it.
March 14, 1986 |
A neo-Nazi group has claimed responsibility for the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme in a letter made public today by Sweden's national news agency. The group, calling itself the European National Socialist Union, said in the letter to the Swedish news agency TT: "We are behind the killing of Palme. German traitor Willy Brandt will be next." Brandt, 72, a close friend of Palme, is a Social Democrat and a former West German chancellor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2006 |
Rainer Barzel, 82, a conservative leader whose attempt to topple then-Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Germany was reportedly undermined by the East German spy service, died Saturday after a long illness, the Christian Democratic Union party announced, giving no other details. As chairman of the Christian Democrats from 1971 to 1973, Barzel helped promote an unsuccessful vote of no confidence in Brandt, a Social Democrat.
October 14, 1992 |
Prodded by President Boris N. Yeltsin, the Russian Constitutional Court agreed Tuesday to allow Mikhail S. Gorbachev to get a passport so the former Soviet leader may attend a state funeral in Germany. It was the most encouraging sign yet that the two men have reached an understanding breaking the internationally embarrassing deadlock caused by Gorbachev's refusal to appear in a case involving the Communist Party's checkered past.
July 13, 1986 |
Willy Brandt, anti-Nazi German patriot and lifelong stalwart of the Social Democratic Party, has served his country as parliamentarian, mayor of West Berlin, foreign minister and chancellor. His Ostpolitik , which sought an opening toward Eastern Europe, won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971. A key figure in the Socialist International, his name has also become a kind of shorthand for the principled, liberal stance on global issues.