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Chronicle 1988

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    • 2 December


      At a conference of the SED Central Committee in East Berlin, party leader Erich Honecker stresses his negative attitude to Soviet reform policy.
    • 7 December


      Around 25,000 people die in a devastating earthquake in Armenia. For the first time, the Soviet Union accepts the offer of foreign assistance. more
    • 19 December


      SED General Secretary Erich Honecker tells Hans Otto Bräutigam during the latter’s farewell visit as Permanent Representative of West Germany that GDR Defence Minister Kessler has recently stated that there is no "order to shoot" any more. more
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