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Chronicle 1965

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    • 16 January


      The West German Federal Constitutional Court adjudges inter-zonal trade between West Germany and GDR to be "domestic trade of a special kind based on Allied laws". The border between West Germany and the GDR, it says, can therefore not be considered a customs border.
    • 25 January


      The SPD party executive publishes a memorandum by Willy Brandt about the possibilities of a new Ostpolitik. It proposes "integrating the Eastern European states into as many forms of communication as possible." What is meant is an extension of trade, technological and cultural ties. The memorandum also says that Western policies should aim to "force concessions for people affected by the division and for the population in the Zone" from the Ulbricht regime.
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