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Andrea Nahles

Nahles in August 20, 2008, in Kiel.

General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Assumed office 
November 13, 2009
Preceded by Hubertus Heil

Born June 20, 1970 (1970-06-20) (age 39)
Mendig, Rhineland-Palatinate
Nationality  Germany
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Bonn (M.A.)

Andrea Maria Nahles (born June 20, 1970 in Mendig, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a German politician, a Bundestag representative for Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and past SPD Youth leader. She is known with in the party for criticizing Gerhard Schröder's Agenda 2010 and thus identified with the SPD's left wing.

Nahles was elected the SPD's general secretary in November 2009 at the party congress held in Dresden.[1][2] She succeeds Hubertus Heil in the position, and she will be working with new party chairman Sigmar Gabriel.


Education and career

Nahles finished high school (Abitur) through a continuing education program. She obtained an MA after studying politics, philosophy and German studies at the University of Bonn, during which time she was an assistant to a member of parliament. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in Germanistics. The title of her dissertation is Walter Scotts Einfluss auf die Entwicklung des historischen Romans in Deutschland (Walter Scott's influence on the development of the historical novel in Germany).


In 1988, she joined the SPD. Shortly after, she was the youth representative for the constituency of Mayen-Koblenz. From 1993 to 1995 she was the youth representative for Rheinland-Pfalz. In 1995 she became the national youth representative, following Thomas Westphal, a post she held until 1999. Since 1997 she has been a member of the SPD executive.

In 2000, she was one of the founders of the "Forum Demokratische Linke 21" (Forum of the Democratic Left 21).

On October 31, 2005, she was voted the SPD's general secretary, defeating Kajo Wasserhövel, the favoured man from the conservative side of the party. Wasserhövel's defeat prompted Franz Müntefering to declare that he no longer feels he has the confidence of the party and will step down. As a result, Nahles refused to accept the position of general secretary.

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Preceded by
Hubertus Heil
General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
since 2009


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