Ostpolitik How East Germany Tried to Undermine Willy Brandt

Newly analyzed documents suggest that the East German security service, the Stasi, sought to obstruct former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's policy toward Eastern Europe, or Ostpolitik. Until now the story went that East German spies wanted to help Brandt. Now it seems they feared him -- but were overruled by Moscow.
Willy Brandt in 1961, as mayor of West Berlin, inspecting a sector boundary some time before the East Germans began work on the Berlin Wall. Brandt would become a controversial chancellor of West Germany.

Willy Brandt in 1961, as mayor of West Berlin, inspecting a sector boundary some time before the East Germans began work on the Berlin Wall. Brandt would become a controversial chancellor of West Germany.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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