Talkreihe "Einblicke" mit Franz Müntefering
Oct 14, 2021
Franz Müntefering is considered to be a "bedrock" of the SPD in the best sense of the word. Former companions describe Franz Müntefering as a man of clear and undisguised language, edgy, sometimes stubborn, but always strong in his opinions. There was hardly a leading position in the SPD that was not occupied by Franz Müntefering at some point. For example, he was Minister of Transport and Construction under Chancellor Schröder from 98-99. In 1999, he finally took over the post of federal executive director of the SPD before being appointed vice chancellor and federal minister for labor and social affairs in the Merkel cabinet from 2005-2007. As SPD parliamentary party leader (2002-2005) and even more so as party chairman in 04-05 and 08-09, he steered the fortunes of the Social Democrats from the top of the party. When Andrea Nahles, who later became party chairman, prevailed in a fight vote against Müntefering's explicit proposal for the post of SPD secretary general in 2005, Franz Müntefering announced his retirement. After suffering from cancer and the death of his wife Ankepetra, whom he cared for to the end, the feisty politician returned to the political stage in 2008 and, following Kurt Beck's resignation, once again took over as SPD party chairman. Müntefering experienced the bitter and drastic loss of his SPD's voter share at first hand. Müntefering, born in 1940, has been married to Michelle Schumann, a journalist 40 years his junior, since 2009.
Franz Müntefering will be Herbert Fandel's next guest in the talk series "Insights - People with History and Stories" on October 14 at 7:00 pm.
Advance ticket sales at www.ticket-regional.de will start in mid-September, the exact date will be announced in due time.
Depending on the Corona situation, the event will take place at Haus Beda, or at the Stadthalle in Bitburg. Please also note the information on www.einblicke-talkreihe.de.