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28 October 1969

28 October: Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt leads the first social-liberal coalition

The election of Chancellor Willy Brandt sees Germany’s first Social Democrat head of government. In collaboration with liberal coalition partner FDP, Brandt wants to restructure the Federal Republic of Germany. In his first government speech, Brandt promises to ‘dare to achieve more democracy’. The subsequent opening of society is accompanied by an education campaign, increasing people’s chances of social advancement. The ‘New Eastern Policy’ should also improve the relationship with the GDR.

17 April 1969

Gustáv Husák leads the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia

19 June 1970

Preparatory meeting of the Slovak World Congress, 19 – 21 June 1970