ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WEST GERMANY- Eastern Policy and Elections

September 4, 1976 WEST GERMANY Eastern Policy and Elections Ramesh Jaura AS in 1971, the Eastern Policy of the socialist-liberal coalition government in West Germany threatens to become a hot electoral issue for the coming general elections on October 3. Even West Berlin which, at least since the signing of the four-power agreement and the transit treaties, had ceased to hit the headlines, shows signs of once again becoming an issue endangering detente in Europe which over a year ago appeared to have been achieved in Helsinki. This is indicated by a series of incidents on the borders between the two German states, climaxed by East Berlin's refusal to allow 14 of the 30 uses carrying West Germans to pass rough the GDR territory to reach West Berlin. Passengers of the 14 buses had been mobilised by the youth-wing of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) to demonstrate in West Berlin on the fifteenth anniversary of the erection of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 1961. The demonstration addressed by the CDU general secretary, Kurt Biedenkopf, took place at the Reichstag building

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