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Chronicle 1988

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    • 1988

      1 September

      As agreed with the Soviet Union, the USA begins removing the Pershing II missiles stationed in West Germany.
    • 1988

      5 September

      In SED leadership circles, there is increasing nervousness because of the more and more difficult economic situation of the GDR. Even Central Committee economics secretary Günter Mittag prophesies: "We are at a point where things can tip."
    • 1988

      14 September

      The two German states agree on numerous improvements in transit traffic; the West German government raises the lump sum transit fee for the years 1990 to 1999 from 525 million to 860 million DM per year.
    • 1988

      15/16 September

      West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl visits the Soviet Union. During a private conversation with party leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he stresses that he wants a new quality in relations with the Soviet Union. Gorbachev welcomes this intent and says that the time has come to work on building a common European house together.
    • 1988

      24 September

      Special stamp for the 35th anniversary of the GDR Combat Groups
      The SED leadership takes the salute at a parade in East Berlin for the 35th anniversary of the GDR Combat Groups.

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    • 1988

      30 September

      In an interview with the West German weekly newspaper "Die Zeit", GDR Defence Minister Heinz Kessler gives his views on the order to shoot and kill escapees: more
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