Fulbrook has dated the start of East Germany’s ‘destabilization’ to 1980 [58: 377]. In the view of Schroeder, the ‘SED-State’ entered its period of ‘stagnation and crisis’ in 1981 [196: 255]. Weber avers that the country’s ‘paralysis’ commenced in 1982 [220: 178] and Steiner identifies that year as the beginning of the GDR’s final phase [208: 171–96]. There are, however, four reasons for suggesting 1977–8 as the key turning point.
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