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The “Kießling Affair“ nearly costs the West German Defence Minister Manfred Wörner his office. “For reasons of security,“ Günter Kießling, Germany’s highest-ranking General, had been dismissed by Wörner after having been accused of homosexual contacts. However, no evidence can be produced. The accusations are attributed to sloppy investigations conducted by the military counterespionage service. Wörner has no choice but to rehabilitate Kießling.

This year’s most important scientific discovery is the identification of the HIV virus as the cause of the immune deficiency disease AIDS. The increasing number of AIDS cases leads to public hysteria as well as growing numbers of attacks on homosexuals who are considered the primary risk group.

On several occasions, GDR citizens seek refuge in the West German Permanent Representation in East Berlin to enforce their exit from the GDR. After tedious negotiations, the GDR finally gives in, allowing the departure of 55 East German citizens.

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Advertising-financed private television is launched and soon becomes a success.

Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl and French President François Mitterand affirm the Franco-German friendship at Verdun. In a deeply symbolic moment, they commemorate the victims of both World Wars.

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