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The Czechoslovakian Communist Party Presidium, including General Secretary Milos Jakes, resigns en masse. 29 Nov. In Yugoslavia the southern republic of Serbia severs economic relations with the northern republic of Slovenia. 1 Dec. Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev meets Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, the first-ever meeting between the head of the Soviet Union and the head of the Catholic Church. 3 Dec. The entire leadership of East Germany's ruling Socialist Unity party resigns, including all 163 members of the Central Committee.

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