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    • 1981

      11-13 December

      Meeting between SED General Secretary Erich Honecker and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt at Lake Werbellin in the GDR. Both leaders express their support for an intensification of mutual relations despite the increasingly tense East-West conflict.
    • 1981

      13 December

      General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s prime minister and defence minister, proclaims martial law in the country; he claims that this is to pre-empt any intervention by the Soviet Union. The independent union "Solidarity" is banned, most of its leaders are taken into custody and its chairman, Lech Walesa, is put under house arrest. more
    • 1981

      29 December

      Source: Information bulletin published by the commission of the committees and initiatives "Solidarität mit Solidarnosc", 1981 (Source: Information bulletin published by the commission of the committees and initiatives "Solidarität mit Solidarnosc", 1981)
      As a reaction to the proclamation of martial law in Poland, the US government imposes economic sanctions on the Soviet Union; the shipping agreement and air traffic are also suspended. more