In the GDR, a new code of labour laws comes into force, based on the assumed harmony between the interests of the Party, companies and workers.
The office of the magazine "Der Spiegel" in East Berlin is closed after the publication of the issue 2/1978 (Source: Der Spiegel)
After the publication of the "Manifesto" of a so-called "League of Democratic Communists of Germany", an allegedly dissident group within the SED, the office of the "Spiegel" magazine in East Berlin is closed because of "continual and malicious defamation of the GDR and its citizens".
The "Manifesto" calls for a "theoretically and politically totally reformed communism". The SPD describes the "Manifesto" as a "New Year’s cocktail" and a "shot against the policy of détente"; the SED calls it a "miserable piece of work" and claims it has been authored by the West German intelligence agency and the "Spiegel".