Erich Honecker Welcomes Helmut Schmidt at the Airport
(December 11, 1981)
Although the beginning of the 1980s saw renewed East-West tensions (these being attributable to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and NATO’s decision to station medium-range missiles in Europe), Chancellor Helmut Schmidt continued his efforts to draw the two German states closer together. To this end, he traveled to the GDR for a three-day visit in December 1981. In the photograph below, Erich Honecker, Chairman of the Council of State of the GDR and the Secretary General of the SED, welcomes Schmidt at Schönefeld airport in East Berlin. Photo by Jochen Moll.
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