Dietrich Stobbe

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Dietrich Stobbe with Ronald Reagan , 1978

Dietrich Stobbe (* 25. March 1938 in Weepers , East Prussia ; † 19th February 2011 in Berlin ) was a German politician of the SPD . The political scientist was Governing Mayor of Berlin from 1977 to 1981 .

education and profession

After graduating from high school in 1958 at the Athenaeum in Stade , Stobbe began studying political science at the German University of Politics and at the Free University of Berlin , which he graduated in 1962 with a diploma in political science . This was followed by a job as an administrative employee. After retiring from politics, he joined the American consulting firm Arthur D. Little in 1991 in a leading position. In 1997 he founded the Berlin consulting services BBD, later renamed SNPC ( Stobbe Nymoen und Partner ) and was a partner in the management and technology consultancy quattron management consulting.

Stobbe was married and had two sons from his first marriage.


He is buried in the cemetery of the Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichswerder communities in Berlin-Mitte.

Political party

From 1960 until his death, Stobbe was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. From 1962 to 1963 he was secretary of the SPD in Berlin-Charlottenburg . From 1979 to 1981 he was the SPD state chairman in West Berlin . From 1977 to 1982 he was a member of the federal executive committee of the SPD.

Public offices and mandates

From 1963 to 1966 Stobbe was personal advisor to the Senator for Youth and Sport, Kurt Neubauer (SPD). In 1967 he was elected a member of the Berlin House of Representatives. Three months later, Stobbe was the parliamentary manager of the SPD parliamentary group and, from 1970, its deputy chairman.

In 1973 he was appointed to the Senate of Governing Mayor Klaus Schütz as Senator for Federal Affairs and authorized representative of the State of Berlin at the federal level . On May 2, 1977 he became his successor in the office of Governing Mayor of Berlin. In this function he was also President of the Federal Council from November 1, 1978 to October 31, 1979 .

The Berlin radio series Where our shoes pinch, founded by Ernst Reuter , was discontinued under Stobbe .

In the 1979 elections in Berlin , the social-liberal government under Stobbe's leadership was able to assert itself against the CDU under Richard von Weizsäcker .

With the Garski affair , the Stobbe era ended after only four years. The building contractor Dietrich Garski was unable to repay a state guarantee for more than 100 million Deutschmarks for projects in Saudi Arabia due to insolvency at the end of 1980 and went into hiding. On January 15, 1981, Stobbe resigned from the office of mayor and with him the entire Senate.

Since a by-election of senators failed due to the lack of unity of the coalition of SPD and FDP in the House of Representatives in January 1981, his successor Hans-Jochen Vogel announced that new elections would be possible as soon as possible. The elections for the House of Representatives on May 10, 1981 , won the CDU under Richard von Weizsäcker ; For the first time since the short-lived Senate of Walther Schreiber in 1953/55, the SPD had to relinquish government responsibility. At the end of the legislative period , Stobbe also resigned from the House of Representatives in 1981.

In 1983 he became a member of the Bundestag as a Berlin MP . He was no longer a member of the first all-German Bundestag in 1990.


Senate Stobbe I - Senate Stobbe II


  • Werner Breunig, Andreas Herbst (ed.): Biographical handbook of the Berlin parliamentarians 1963–1995 and city councilors 1990/1991 (= series of publications of the Berlin State Archives. Volume 19). Landesarchiv Berlin, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-9803303-5-0 , p. 360.

Web links

Commons : Dietrich Stobbe  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Berliner Morgenpost: Former Governing Mayor Stobbe is dead. Retrieved on February 19, 2011