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  • November, 1983

    Translation of a letter from Nicolae Ceausescu to West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl about Euromissiles

    A letter from Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu to Helmut Kohl. Ceausescu makes some suggestions to ease the Geneva negotiations: the Warsaw Pact could accept “not taking into account the UK and French missiles”: the German government could “postpone the deployment [of the Intermediate missiles] to the end of 1984 or the beginning of 1985”; or the NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries should organize a conference “to discuss the issue of the Intermediate Range Missiles”.

  • October 11, 1989

    Central Intelligence Agency, Directorate of Intelligence, 'German Reunification: What Would Have to Happen?'

    The CIA’s memorandum published on 11 October 1989 brings up the German reunification as an international agenda and assesses its implications for the Soviet Union and the United States.

  • October 27, 1989

    Special Analysis: The Germanys: Reunification -- What Would Have to Happen

    An analysis of what German unification would look like.

  • November 10, 1989

    Verbal Message from Mikhail Gorbachev to François Mitterrand, Margaret Thatcher and George Bush

    Verbal message from Mikhail Gorbachev to François Mitterrand, Margaret Thatcher and George Bush regarding message sent to Chancellor Kohl appealing for measures to be taken to prevent destabilization of the situation

  • November 10, 1989

    Johann Plattner, Austrian Foreign Ministry, 'Debate on German Reunification; Information and Language Regime'

    In light of Kohl & Gorbachev's joint statement (June 13, 1989), the Head of the Department for Western and Northern Europe of the Political Section of the Austrian Foreign Ministry discusses German reunification, the Berlin Question, and Detente. The report discusses the resistant attitudes of the West, with the exception of the US, towards German reunification.

  • December 07, 1989

    Johann Plattner, Austrian Foreign Ministry, 'Program of Chancellor Kohl on German unification; Reaction of the Western states'

    The document outlines other countries' reactions to the prospect of German Reunification. The fears of France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg are cataloged. In addition, Western allies such as the United States, United Kingdom, and France are marked as being hopeful for the upcoming reunion of the two states.

  • January 26, 1990

    Discussion of the German Question at a Private Meeting in the Office of the CPSU CC General Secretary

    In a conversation recorded by Chernyaev, Gorbachev candidly discusses the political situation in East and West Germany, the weakness of the Socialist Unity Party (SED), and the Soviet strategy for managing German reunification.

  • June 08, 1990

    National Intelligence Daily for Friday, 8 June 1990

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for Friday, 8 June 1990 describes the latest developments in USSR, West Germany, Peru, Warsaw, Nepal, India, Jordan, Morocco and Bulgaria.

  • June 26, 1990

    National Intelligence Daily for Tuesday, 26 June 1990

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 26 June 1990 describes the latest developments in Yugoslavia, Liberia and Germanys.

  • June 29, 1990

    National Intelligence Daily for Friday, 29 June 1990

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for Friday, 29 June describes the latest developments in USSR, India, Liberia, China, Indonesia, Germany and Japan.

  • July 05, 1990

    National Intelligence Daily for Thursday, 5 July 1990

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for Thursday, 5 July 1990 describes the latest developments in USSR, Germany, Albania, Korea and Hungary.

  • July 14, 1990

    National Intelligence Daily for Saturday, 14 July 1990

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for Saturday, 14 July 1990 describes the latest developments in USSR, East Germany, India, West Germany and Liberia.

  • July 17, 1990

    National Intelligence Daily for Tuesday, 17 July 1990

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for Tuesday, 17 July 1990 describes the latest developments in USSR-West Germany, UK, South Korea and USSR.

  • July 19, 1990

    Sucharipa, Austrian Foreign Ministry, 'German Unification, Soviet Position'

    The document discusses the Soviet position on German unification in six separate parts. The first deals with confusion over Gorbachev's better than expected consent to unification. Second are the potential domestic and foreign policy reasons the USSR consented so readily to unification, followed by the third part which outlines potential Soviet benefits from the process. The fourth section discusses the autonomy of the new German government, which is backed up with the fifth section discussing public sentiment. The final portion discusses the fine line for both the Soviet Union and the West between being overbearing on Germany's new independence and not helping enough.

  • July 26, 1990

    National Intelligence Daily for Thursday, 26 July 1990

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 26 July 1990 describes the latest developments in Liberia, Germanys, the Soviet Union, India, the United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.