Berlin, East Germany, Oct. 4, 1979 – Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker change kisses after Brezhnev was honored with the title “Hero of the German Democratic Republik” and the “Karl Marx Medal”. Brezhnev participates in the celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the East German State`s foundation. (AP Photo/Helmuth Lohmann/stf)
Klaus Morgenstern - Staatsbesuch Erich Honecker 1974 in Kuba / Cuba - Rede
Soviel Schwachsinn, wie er durch diese Bundesregierung dargestellt wird, hat es in Europa noch nie gegeben... Selbst Erich Honecker hat seinerzeit in Europa mehr Freunde gehabt als Frau Merkel.
Under the leadership of Erich Honecker, members of the Politburo, the highest decision-making body of the SED, appeal to the general secretary of the CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union) for help in removing Walter Ulbricht. They argue for the necessity of his departure, pointing to mistakes he had made in economic and foreign policy.