The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 23, 1990 - Page 5
East German parties agree to discuss coalition
EAST BERLIN (AP) - In a cuss joining a coalition government jority. Monday. many to ensure a clear mandate for operate with the German Social
move that could speed formation of with an alliance that won national The Social Democrats favor a "The Christian Democratic Union moves toward unification. Union.
East Germanv's first non-Comma- elections. more gradual path toward unification is the largest party in the Alliance. It The Social Democrats ruled out The dailm nmher b f . f t G
nist government, the Social
Democrats agreed yesterday to dis-
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The left-leaning party, which fin-
ished second in Sunday's balloting
to the Alliance for Germany, refused
to work with a right-wing party in
the three-party Alliance. Alliance
leaders left the door open to such an
A two-thirds majority in the new
Parliament is needed to approve un-
fication with West Germany, and the
Alliance needs the votes of the So-
cial Democrats to achieve that ma-
with West Germany than the Al-
liance, and earlier in the week it re-
jected an invitation to discuss form-
ing a broad coalition.
But yesterday, the party said it
decided to hold exploratory talks "in
view of the serious problems of our
"The (nation's) governability has
to have priority," Richard Schroeder,
a Social Democratic member in Par-
liament, told a news conference.
Party officials said meetings with
the Alliance would not begin before
won 164 seats in the 400-member
Parliament. The Social Democrats
have 87, and together the two parties
would have an absolute majority.
East Germany's Communist-led
caretaker government formally re-
mains in power until the new demo-
cratically elected Cabinet is formed.
Before that happens, West Germany
will not resume talks on unity.
West German Chancellor Helmut
Kohl, who heavily backs the Chris-
tian Democratic Union, is pressing
for a broad coalition in East Ger-
talks with the German Social Union,
the most reactionary member of the
Alliance of Germany.
That obstacle appeared to wane
somewhat after East German Chris-
tian Democratic chief Lothar de
Maiziere and other Alliance leaders
met Kohl late Wednesday in Bonn.
The East German leaders said
their parties will not form a com-
mon bloc of deputies. This was seen
as a formula that wouldrallow the
Social Democrats to join in a coali-
tion without ?ormally having to co-
1Uuuyu eIIIUr UCast er-
mans resettling in West Germany
has dropped in half in the past week,
apparently as a result of national
elections, the West German Interior
Ministry said yesterday.
In recent weeks, the daily number
of new arrivals often surpassed
The exodus marked the fall pro-
democracy revolution that ousted the
hard-line Communist regime of
Erich Honecker and led to the elec-
tion, East Germany's first ever free
Lansing plans to ensure residents counted in 1990 census
LANSING (AP) - Posters in
twelve languages and brochures for
welfare recipients are two ways
Michigan is making sure each of its
citizens is counted in the 1990 cen-
sus, the co-chair of a state task
forces said yesterday.
Laurence Rosen, co-chair of the
Inter Agency Task Force on the
1990 Census, said the yearlong ef-
fort will cost Michigan $85,000 by
the time census follow-up work is
completed in June.
"There's power and there's
money" at stake in the census, said
Martha Sorensen, the other task
Michigan expects to lose as
many as two of its 18 congressional
seats after the census count is fin-
ished due to population shifts to
Florida, Texas and California.
"Our job is to do a better job of
counting who we have left than they
do," Sorensen said.
Besides congressional clout, the
census figures can affect federal aid
Michigan receives under 91 pro-
grams, including Head Start, crime
prevention, economic development
and senior citizen assistance, she
said. In 1989, that aid amounted to
$1.6 billion in Michigan, or $172 a
costs and it adds up over a 10-year
period," Sorensen explained.
The census, carried out by the
federal government, can also affect
the way Michigan distributes more
than $1 billion in state funds since
many grants to local governments
"When we don't count people it are based on census figures, she said.
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A state of emergency has been declared at a local university as students
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"mysterious music" as the
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problem. In charge of the task force is
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question is obviously the work of either
a satanic cult or some third world
terrorist organization whose goal is to
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