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Geoffrey K. Roberts and Patricia Hogwood

in Treffurt (Thuringia). He became a journalist, and joined the West German Social Democratic Party in 1957. Bahr was given a leading foreign policy advisory role during the grand coalition, serving under Foreign Minister Brandt. When Brandt became Chancellor in 1969, Bahr became a senior negotiator of the agreements later embodied in the ‘Ostpolitik’ treaties with the USSR, Poland and the German Democratic Republic. Having

in The politics today companion to West European Politics
Geoffrey K. Roberts and Patricia Hogwood

Europe, symbolising the new approach to government and international relations promoted by Gorbachev. The two concepts galvanised a reform process throughout Central and Eastern Europe and eventually helped to overthrow Communist rule in these countries and in the Soviet Union itself. [See also: perestroika] Godesberg Programme The new basic programme of the West German Social

in The politics today companion to West European Politics