US News Wolfgang Clement: "Germany is losing a contentious, down-to-earth democrat"

17:05  27 september  2020
17:05  27 september  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

At the age of 80: Ex-NRW Prime Minister Clement dead

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Wolfgang Clement (7 July 1940 in Bochum – 27 September 2020 in Bonn) was a German politician. Clement was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).

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A patriot, formative, restless in action: across party lines, politicians mourn the former Minister of Economic Affairs and North Rhine-Westphalia's father Wolfgang Clement.

  Wolfgang Clement: © Horst Galuschka / imago images / Horst Galuschka

Wolfgang Clement , former Federal Minister of Economics and North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister, died at the age of 80 . Many politicians express their condolences.

North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet ( CDU ) has honored the deceased ex-Prime Minister and Federal Minister of Economics, Wolfgang Clement, as "a defining figure in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany". "Wolfgang Clement was a real North Rhine-Westphalian who was successful through hard work and discipline in politics and then also in business," said Laschet. As Minister of Economics in the cabinet of Gerhard Schröder ( SPD ) he pushed through the important Hartz reforms, even against resistance, "which have led to a sustained economic upswing and falling unemployment figures in Germany to this day". Clement was thus "decisively involved in the long-lasting good economic situation in Germany".

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"Personally, I am losing a lovable person who was always available for advice. Just a few weeks ago we were able to celebrate his 80th birthday in Bonn, and just a few days ago he was at the celebration of the founding day of North Rhine-Westphalia in Cologne "said Laschet. The country and he personally will miss him. "Many people in North Rhine-Westphalia and in Germany are united in prayer and thoughts with his wife Karin, his children and the whole family."

"We owe him our thanks"

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) wrote on Twitter: "With Wolfgang Clement, our country is losing a great patriot who was not concerned with ideology but with jobs and people. and Minister of Labor, he helped ensure that the necessary economic reforms finally take place. "

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The party leader of the CDU,

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer , tweeted , as Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, advocate of the social market economy and controversial social democrat, Clement had a decisive influence on our country. "We owe him our thanks for that."

SPD health politician

Karl Lauterbach wrote about Clement: "He was tolerant, a social-liberal spirit. We did not always agree, but it is clear that Wolfgang Clement was a great politician, restlessly committed to Germany's future. We will miss him. "

"He was never free of contradictions, generated friction and, especially in the SPD, never took the easy path",

tweeted Carsten Schneider , Parliamentary Managing Director of the SPD parliamentary group. Germany is losing a "contentious, robust democrat". "My condolences to his family and friends."

The former

SPD politician recently supported the FDP . FDP boss Christian Linder tweeted : "The FDP mourns Wolfgang Clement. As a social liberal, he campaigned for social advancement, work and growth throughout his life. I have come to appreciate him personally as a man of honor and advisor. We think about it his wife Karin and his family. "

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