Relations between the GDR and FRG (under Honecker 1971-89)


A Levels History (Germany - Divided and Reunited 1945-1991) Mind Map on Relations between the GDR and FRG (under Honecker 1971-89), created by Eva Clifton on 05/05/2014.
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Mind Map by Eva Clifton, updated more than 1 year ago
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Created by Eva Clifton almost 9 years ago

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Relations between the GDR and FRG (under Honecker 1971-89)
  1. Improvement in relations
    1. 1971 Basic Treaty - normalised relations
      1. 1973 - GDR citizens can receive FRG TV and radio
        1. Improvement in postal services and telephone cconnections between FRG and GDR
          1. New motorway between Hamburg and Berlin - FRG improved links to West Berlin
            1. Travel arrangements relaxed in mid 80s
              1. 1989 - those in the GDR could appeal for a passport
                1. 1984 - 40,000 east Germans allowed to emigrate to the FRG
                  1. both joined the UN
                  2. Worsening in relations
                    1. GDR portrayed the FRG as americanised, and itself as the true 'anti-fascist' Germany
                      1. East German exports labelled as 'made in the GDR' - seperate identities
                        1. The FRG referred to themselves as 'Germans' and the GDR as 'The Soviet Zone'
                          1. The GDR disagreed with the 1975 Helsinki Accords - no free travel
                            1. Pensioners were encouraged to leave the GDR - to strengthen economy
                              1. The GDR doubled the amount of currency that Westerners needed to exchange into East German currency
                                1. FRG announced NATO's deployment of nuclear weapons in 1983
                                  1. Minimum charge was doubled for visits
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