• Short Summary

    As West Germany's lower house of parliament prepares for this week's first vote on ratification of the government's controversial treaties with the Soviet Union and Poland, groups favouring and opposing Chancellor Willy Brandt's policy of improved relations with East Europe voiced their respective views in Bonn on sunday (Feb. 20).

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    As West Germany's lower house of parliament prepares for this week's first vote on ratification of the government's controversial treaties with the Soviet Union and Poland, groups favouring and opposing Chancellor Willy Brandt's policy of improved relations with East Europe voiced their respective views in Bonn on sunday (Feb. 20).

    Youthful members of West Germany's communist party, who favour the treaties, gathered outside the Beethoven Hall in Bonn to condemn a meeting inside of more elderly West Germans who were against the treaties under which West Germany acknowledges the existing boundaries of post-war Europe.

    Herr Brandt's socialist-liberal government negotiated and signed the treaty with the Soviet Union in August 1970. In other, with Poland, was signed four months later.

    The government has been worried by recent opposition threats to legally challenge the two treaties on grounds that the post-war territorial changes in Europe can be recognised only in a general peace treaty between wartime allies and a "united" Germany.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADBB9R5C42ZUMT4JIRD60C07BO
    Media URN:
    VLVADBB9R5C42ZUMT4JIRD60C07BO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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