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  • March 24, 1971

    Letter by Federal Chancellor Brandt to the Chairman of the American Council on Germany and Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the President of the United States of America for Disarmament Issues, McCloy

    Federal Chancellor Brandt's letter to McCloy on Disarmament Issues of the Cold War explains the German view of the West and their strategies for reducing the tension in the Cold War. Brandt talks about intercontinental missiles and a peaceful debate and a step-by-step improvement of the situation in Europe. Brandt also invited McCloy to the GDR for an extensive debate on considered issues.

  • July 07, 1972

    Letter by Federal Chancellor, Brandt to the President of the United States of America, Nixon 7 July 1972

    Letter written by Brandt to President Nixon on economic affairs. Brandt explains why common currency would work for Europe and why the States' cooperation is needed. The letter also includes a part on Moscow's viewpoint for the currency issue.

  • August 04, 1973

    Teletype message by Federal Chancellor, Brandt to the President of the United States of America, Nixon 4 August 1973

    Willy Brandt's response to President Nixon sharing his interests in the area of security between European and American partners in the Atlantic Alliance. In this letter Brandt also gives his opinions on the previously held East-West conferences.

  • November 14, 1979

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Brezhnev

    Willy Brandt writes to Leonid Brezhnev about SALT II and tensions between the U.S. and USSR over missile placement in Europe. Brandt ask to start a dialog for exchange of ideas and to found a common ground for international development, involving Russians.

  • December 19, 1979

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to President of Romania, Ceausescu

    A letter from Willy Brandt to Nicolae Ceausescu. He offers congratulations for Ceausescu's recent reelection and addresses the topic of arms control.

  • March 11, 1980

    Letter to the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Chairman of the Socialist International, Willy Brandt

    A letter from Brezhnev to Willy Brandt before their meeting in Madrid. Discusses detente and the disarmament.

  • August 28, 1980

    Letter by the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Gorbachev, to the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt

  • September 17, 1980

    Letter from SPD Chairman Brandt to General Secretary of CPSU Central Committee Brezhnev

    Willy Brandt writes to Leonid Brezhnev about issues plaguing arms control negotiations between the US and the USSR. Particular attention is paid to the way the US Presidential election has hampered progress.

  • December 12, 1980

    Memorandum of Conversation between Brandt and V. Semyonov on 11 December 1980

  • June 02, 1981

    Letter by the President of the Socialist International, Brandt, to the Chairman of the Committee of the SI for Defence of the Revolution in Nicaragua, González

    Willy Brandt's letter is about the establishment of the Nicaragua solidarity committee, which took place in Madrid in 1981. Brandt states the importance of the new rule of law in Nicaragua and concerns on Socialist International's involvement in the country.

  • July 06, 1981

    Conversation between SPD chairman Willy Brandt and the Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU Leonid Brezhnev on 30 June 1981 in Moscow

    Memorandum of a conversation between Brandt and Brezhnev. Among other things, Brezhnev focused on the increased hostility between members of the international community. He pointed to debate over missiles in Europe as an example of that tension.

  • September 28, 1981

    Memo on discussions by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, with the French President, Mitterrand, on 25 September 1981

    Description of discussions between Brandt and Mitterrand on European security and strategic balance between the East and West. Topics covered include France's nuclear forces and INF negotiations.

  • October 05, 1981

    From the memo on discussions by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, with the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Haig

    Brandt and Secretary Haig's discussion on the German peace movement of 80's. Brandt states that the movements are not anti-American or neutral. He has warned Brezhnev against assuming that the peace movement is a Communist movement, as well. In discussions with Haig, Brandt offers a dialog towards the youth and believes the peace movement could be managed by talks.

  • January 14, 1982

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the Chairman of the Military Council of the People’s Republic of Poland, Jaruzelski

    This letter is Willy Brandt's reply to Chairman Jaruzelski, giving his opinions on the recent developments of Poland. Brandt's letter states German solidarity includes all of Poland and is very important to prevent future crisis.

  • February 22, 1982

    Letter by the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Gorbachev, to the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt

    Leonid Brezhnev writes to Willy Brandt about ongoing US-Soviet arms negotiations.

  • March 17, 1982

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Brezhnev

    Brandt's letter is on the inter-continental missile negotiations which took initiative in Geneva. According to Brandt, American's "Zero Option" plan is a good start however, is not satisfactory to provide a safer Europe.

  • September 22, 1983

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Andropov

    Brandt's letter to Secretary Andropov on the counterbalancing missiles with Western Europe. Brandt suggests Andropov taking steps towards fulfilling the ideals of the Geneva Conference.

  • April 24, 1985

    Address by Willy Brandt before the Council on Foreign Relations

    Willy Brandt speaks about East-West relations, specifically focusing on what he views as U.S. misconceptions about nuclear arms, and the concept of Common Security.

  • May 03, 1985

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the President of the United States of America, Reagan

    Brandt writes to Reagan briefly about German-American relations and the need for President Reagan to meet with German Chancellor.

  • September 04, 1985

    Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Gorbachev

    Brandt shares his opinion with Gorbachev, that a constructive American reply to the Soviet moratorium can be, materially and psychologically, a first important step toward curtailing the arms race and toward a reasonable relationship for the two world powers.