May 17, 1986 |
The West German government said yesterday it would seek hundreds of millions of dollars from the Soviet Union to compensate West German farmers for sales lost because of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but Moscow quickly rejected the idea. West Germany imposed restrictions on the sale of milk and vegetables after radiation levels rose in many parts of the country following the Chernobyl accident. The West German government spokesman, Friedhelm Ost, said his country intended to press the Soviets for reimbursement for the hundreds of millions of dollars it is planning to pay to farmers to make up for lost sales.
January 21, 1990 |
While workmen rushed about putting the final touches on the mottled pink marble lobby of the elegant new Maritim Hotel, one of its managers extolled it as the best location in the West German capital. "The building on the left is the Postal Ministry," exclaimed Ralf H. Bittner, gesturing to the stone-and-glass towers still under construction to the east. "And the one next to it is the Transport Ministry, and there's the Justice Ministry, and those two big new buildings on the right are the Science and Research Ministries.
March 12, 1989 |
Led by Walter Momper, the pudgy, bald-headed leader of the local Social Democratic Party, 6,000 demonstrators trudged in last week's cold rain down Martin Luther King Street to the City Hall square where John F. Kennedy made his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech. They were a disparate group - men in business suits, casually dressed university students, immigrants from Asia and Africa, and, marching in black masks and balaclavas alongside a sound car blaring heavy-metal music, about 50 autonomen, leftist radicals who revel in violence.
April 10, 1986 |
West Germany yesterday responded to U.S. pressure for punitive action against Libya by ordering two Libyan diplomats to leave the country. During a news conference, chief government spokesman Friedhelm Ost said the Libyans were being expelled for activities incompatible with their status, a term often used for spying. Ost also said, though, that their expulsion was not directly connected with Saturday's bombing of a West Berlin disco in which an American soldier and a Turkish woman were killed and 230 people were injured, including 64 Americans.
November 22, 1989 |
East German leaders have told West Germany that they are prepared to accept a new political structure in Europe in which East Germany would be closely allied with the West, West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher said here yesterday. The East Germans have sent word that they would like to be allied with the 12-nation European Community, he said, and are willing to accept West Germany's insistence that Bonn retain close ties with NATO. He told reporters that the East German position was outlined in a formal diplomatic message to the West German government that was received over the weekend.
June 25, 1987 |
The White House yesterday won a pledge from West Germany that it would prosecute a hijacking suspect in the murder of a U.S. Navy diver, and President Reagan promised the mother of the diver that the suspect would "get the justice he deserves. " Reagan, in a phone call to Patricia Stethem that a son called "no comfort at all," said the United States had made "every effort to assure justice in the prosecution of" Mohammed Ali Hamadei, 23. Before that phone call, Bonn announced its expected decision to try Hamadei on charges of air piracy and of murdering Robert D. Stethem in connection with the hijacking of a TWA jetliner from Athens to Beirut in June 1985.
September 3, 1999 |
This week Gerhard Shroeder became the first leader since Adolph Hiter to govern all Germany from Berlin. But nobody at home or abroad seemed to be paying much attention. The very non-eventfulness of the government's Berlin debut was an event, given the angst generated by its 1991 decision to return from Bonn to its historic seat, in the wake of reunification. Critics contended that the move would resurrect Germany's grimmer ghosts. However much the Reichstag's ruins have been transformed - with a huge glass dome to symbolize democratic transparency - the building can't wholly shed its history, and several government ministries will operate from old headquarters of the Third Reich.
November 10, 1989 |
President Bush, lauding East Germany's lifting of travel restrictions as a dramatic advance for freedom, is ordering "all possible assistance" to help West Germany cope with the flood of refugees from its communist sister state. The border-opening decree by East German authorities yesterday caught U.S. officials by surprise. If East Germany fully implements the promise to open its borders, the president told reporters, "this (Berlin) Wall built in '61 will have very little relevance.
October 10, 1992 |
Bowing to pressure from industry, the German government this week delayed implementation of a tough new regulation that would prohibit German companies from going along with a long-standing Arab boycott of Israel. The new rule could cost industry up to $5 billion a year in business with those Arab states that require firms to agree not to trade with Israel as a prerequisite for obtaining Arab contracts. The electronics, machine tool and chemical industries would have been especially hard hit by the rule, which was to go into effect Nov. 1. On Wednesday, the government moved that back to May 1. Regina Wierig, a spokeswoman for the Economics Ministry, insisted yesterday that the delay was temporary, to give industry time to adjust.
June 17, 1989
It's no wonder West German crowds were chanting "Gorby, Gorby" during Mikhail S. Gorbachev's four-day visit to Germany this week. The Soviet leader has offered the German public something very special: the prospect of being freed from the fear of another European war. Inevitably such a war, with the prospect of nuclear fireworks, would be centered on German soil. But Germany's "Gorbomania" has unsettled some observers who recall that Germany was not always so firmly linked to the West.