TITLE

NEW PERSPECTIVES BEHIND THE WALL

AUTHOR(S)
Hangen, Welles
PUB. DATE
October 1966
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Oct66, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p135
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that on June 29, 1966 the East German Communist regime denounced an agreement for public debates to be held in both German states between its spokesmen and the leaders of West Germany's opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD). The East German Socialist Unity Party (SUD) had sought a dialogue with the West German SPD with the aim of causing dissension among the major parties in Bonn and splitting the SPD leadership from the party rank and file. Sixteen days before the first debate was to be held in East Germany, the communists canceled the arrangements on the flimsy pretext that a newly adopted West German law guaranteeing SUD speakers immunity from arrest in the Federal Republic infringed East German sovereignty. West German political leaders, including Chancellor Ludwig Erhard and his Foreign Minister, Gerhard Schroder, now acknowledge the need to deal directly with East German Chancellor Walter Ulbricht's regime in order to maintain contacts with the 17 million Germans under Communist rule.
ACCESSION #
5811389

 

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