Due to the increasing fear of a nuclear war, the small peace movement grows into a mass protest. In autumn, 1.3 million West German demonstrators take to the streets to protest against the nuclear arms race between the USA and the Soviet Union.
Benefitting from the anti-war atmosphere in the country, the Greens rise to be a political force of national significance. In the March elections, they manage to enter parliament while Helmut Kohl (CDU) remains chancellor. In response to the Soviet deployment of nuclear weapons, the ruling parties CDU, CSU and FDP agree to the deployment of U.S. American nuclear weapons in West Germany.
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The Bavarian CSU party leader Franz Josef Strauß visits the GDR head of state Erich Honecker. In exchange for a 1 billion loan, the GDR agrees to relaxations in travel arrangements between the two German states.
The West German news magazine “Stern“ announces the discovery of Hitler’s diaries, thus creating the biggest press scandal in German history. As the diaries are revealed as forgeries, the magazine is deeply disgraced.