(Thuringia). He became a journalist, and joined the West GermanSocialDemocraticParty 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
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]
The new basic programme of the West