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Dirk Niebel
File:Dirk Niebel.jpg

Assumed office 
28 October 2009
Preceded by Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul

Born March 19, 1963 (1963-03-19) (age 46)
Hamburg, Germany
Nationality German
Political party FDP

Dirk Niebel (born March 19, 1963 in Hamburg) is a German politician. He is since 2009 Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development. From 2005 to 2009, he was secretary general of the FDP.



After his Fachhochschulreife (Advanced Technical College Certificate) in 1983, Niebel served for eight years as a paratrooper in the Bundeswehr in Calw. As of February 2007, he is Hauptmann of the reserve. He then studied at the German Academy of Business and Administration in Mannheim and finished his studies in 1993 as Diplom-Verwaltungswirt (similar to a Master of Public Administration degree). From 1993 to 1998, he worked at an employment bureau in Sinsheim, a part of the Federal Employment Office of Heidelberg.

Niebel is married and has three sons.

Political career

Dirk Niebel speaking in Göttingen

In 1977, Niebel joined the Junge Union, and in 1979, the CDU. He left both in 1981.

In 1990, he joined the FDP and was co-founder of the Heidelberg division of the Junge Liberale. Since 2003, Niebel is a member of the Federal Board of the FDP and of the curatorship of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. On May 5, 2005, the Federal Board elected him secretary general of the FDP with 92.4 % of the votes.

Niebel is a member of the Bundestag since 1998. From 2002 to 2005, he was chairman of the State group of Baden-Württemberg in the faction of the FDP. Since 1998, he is the speaker of the faction when it comes to Employment Politics. In addition to this, Niebel is a member of the group of German-Israeli parliament members since 1998.

Since 2000, Niebel is vice president of the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft.

Main Viewpoint

Niebel advocates a radical reform of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit). According to him, it should only manage and pay off the Unemployment insurance. [1]


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This article incorporates information from the revision as of February 21, 2007 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.


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