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Chronicle 1988

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    • 1988

      4 February

      In a speech at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher calls for a global ban on chemical weapons.
    • 1988

      11 February

      The Ruling Mayor of Berlin, Eberhard Diepgen, agrees on travel concessions with Erich Honecker: among other things, West Berliners are allowed to spend one night in East Berlin on day visits. Multiple permit for trips by West Berliners to the GDR, valid for 48 hours, 11 May 1988
    • 1988

      19 February

      More than 100,000 people demonstrate in the capital of the Soviet Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius, for political reforms and the independence of their country. On 24 February, there is a demonstration by 3,000 people in the capital of the Soviet Republic of Estonia, Tallin, who rally in support of independence despite an official ban.
    • 1988

      23 February

      The SED Politburo decides to apply travel regulations more strictly again. Although only 3,009 travellers – 0.23 percent – used their trip to the West as an opportunity to escape in 1987, they are mostly highly qualified professionals. more
    • 1988

      25 February

      The Soviet Union starts removing nuclear medium-range missiles from the GDR.
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