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Hans Modrow was a communist reformer in the Gorbachev mould. He had only just been given a place on the Politburo as East Germany's leaders tried to head off the demands for change that were sweeping the country. But as a new boy his opinions counted for little.
He remembers an agitated discussion about the travel restrictions - the laws which banned most East Germans from leaving the country and which had sparked off the popular discontent.
At the end of it the party leader, Egon Krenz, suddenly produced a new set of regulations. From now on it would be much easier for East Germans to travel.
The intention was to announce the changes overnight and phase in the new rules the next morning. Instead one of the Politburo members, Gunter Schabowski, blurted out the plans during a televised press conference - and compounded his error by adding the new rules would come into force "immediately".
Originally posted by nixie_nox
Because if the man had to stop and honor every historical event then he couldn't function as president. (no predictable puns and attacks needed here)
Seriously, every day has probably 10 historical events. Just because it is one you happened to focus on, doesn't make it the limelight.
Originally posted by jimmyx
maybe he just needs someone like you to plan his day, since you seem to know what his agenda on any given day should be. i think you should apply for the job.
Originally posted by TheSlave
Maybe I misunderstood something but the locals here in CR are not calling the missile defense shield "help", they call it a "curse" and want to avoid it at any cost. Politicians might like it but the normal people don't.
Originally posted by stumason
Yes, their economy might have been in a shambles, but it was hardly "people power" that brought down the wall. Had the Politburo decided not to allow the opening of the border, then the border would not have opened.
Originally posted by infinite
Living in the real world, instead of the xenophobic and racist "Mr President is a socialist".
Originally posted by Siddharta
Nobody here in Germany expected the president of the US to come here for a little party. We understand, that he has better things to do, like saving the world.
Originally posted by marg6043
Sorry but with the darn unconstitutional health care bill in congress to take away my liberties and choices, with the high unemployment in the nation that can render me without an income anytime, with the plain in site robbery of my tax payer moneys and the downfall of America as we know it, no even I give a crap about the Berlin wall anniversary.
We need to worry about us, our nation and what the president is doing in our nation and leave the trivialities of other nations celebrations to them.
We go bigger problems that the Berlin wall celebration have right now.