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Former Federal Minister of Economics: Martin Bangemann died at the age of 87

As of: 06/29/2022 6:41 p.m

The FDP politician Martin Bangemann has died at the age of 87. He headed his party both as state leader and as chairman at the federal level. Under Helmut Kohl, the lawyer became Federal Minister of Economics.

Former Economics Minister and EU Commissioner Martin Bangemann has died at the age of 87. The FDP politician was a member of the Bundestag and national chairman of his party for years.

The incumbent FDP leader Christian Lindner praised Bangemann on Twitter as a “passionate liberal” and “great European”. “We honor his memory,” wrote Lindner.

Head of state, member of parliament, EU politician

Born in Saxony-Anhalt in 1934, Bangemann joined the FDP in 1963. As early as 1969, the legal scholar first became deputy chairman and around five years later head of the FDP state association in Baden-Württemberg. From 1974 to 1975 he was general secretary of the FDP.

Bangemann entered the Bundestag via his party’s state list in 1972, and a year later he also became a member of the European Parliament. For the European elections in 1979 – the first direct election of just under German MPs for the European body – the FDP nominated Bangemann as a direct candidate. For his commitment at EU level, he gave up his mandate in the Bundestag the following year at the end of the legislative period.

After the European elections, Bangemann served as chairman of the Liberal and Democratic Group in the European Parliament until 1984. Since the FDP was no longer able to jump over the necessary five percent hurdle of votes in the following European elections, Bangemann left the EU Parliament.

Head of the economics department under Kohl

In 1984 he became Federal Minister of Economics under the then Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Bangemann held this post until 1988. Since 1985 he has headed his FDP at federal level as party leader.

In 1989, the former lawyer was drawn back to EU level: As EU Commissioner, he was initially responsible for the internal market, then for the areas of industrial policy, information technology and telecommunications.

Former Economics Minister and FDP leader Martin Bangemann is dead

Oliver Neuroth, ARD Berlin, 29.6.2022 8:31 p.m

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