Ehrhart Körting

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Ehrhart Körting (2019), former Berlin politician (SPD)

Ehrhart Körting (born June 22, 1942 in Berlin ) is a former German politician ( SPD ). From 1997 to 1999 he was Justice Senator and from 2001 to 2011 Interior Senator of the State of Berlin.

Life and political work

Körting has a doctorate in law, is second married and has five children. He joined the SPD in 1971 and was a supporter of Harry Ristock . From 1992 to 1997 he was Vice President of the Constitutional Court of the State of Berlin . In 1997 he was elected as the successor to Lore Maria Peschel-Gutzeit as Senator for Justice in the Senate of the Governing Mayor Eberhard Diepgen .

After the parliamentary elections in 1999 he left the Senate, but took over the office of Senator for Home Affairs when the Senate was newly formed on June 16, 2001 under the Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit and was also appointed Senator after the elections on October 21, 2001 and September 17 Appointed to this office in 2006 . On October 27, 2011, he announced that he would no longer be available for the new Senate. After leaving the Senate, Körting was elected President of the Disabled and Rehabilitation Sports Association on June 7, 2012 , a position he held until 2018.

In 2003 Körting received a Big Brother Award for his controversial justification of the so-called silent SMS by the Berlin police . Körting was known among interior department heads for his rather liberal, but at least open-minded, attitude. He was the only state interior minister in Nuremberg in 2006 to take part in the award ceremony for the deportation minister 2006 , which is given by non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Körting lamented the riots on May 1st in Kreuzberg 2009. Körting was criticized by the CDU for having compared the acts of violence with rape . FDP General Secretary Dirk Niebel accused him of trivializing sexual and violent crimes with such comparisons. He himself described the comparison as possibly unfortunate and explained it as follows:

“But what I wanted to say: Anyone who attacks the physical integrity of a person is committing a serious crime. Whether he acts first or imitates others does not change anything about his offense. "

Körting covered the changes in the police strategy that were made by Police President Dieter Glietsch .

Following a terror warning for Germany issued by Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière in November 2010, Körting urged the population to report suspicious persons if they did

"Never show up or anything like that and who only speak Arabic or a foreign language that we don't understand."

He corrected this statement after criticism from the “Turkish Federation in Berlin-Brandenburg” and emphasized that suspicious activities involved weapons or suspicious packages, but not the denunciation of entire population groups.

In the naturalization debate of 2006, Körting emphasized that he considered a naturalization test to be wrong. "We need citizens who identify with this state," said Körting. How this commitment to the state takes place must be regulated at the federal level, not at the state level.

In 2011, he received a delegation made up of close associates of the Chechen President Kadyrov , although the Foreign Office issued an urgent warning against official contacts with this delegation.

In the course of the Berlin NSU affair, Ehrhart Körting resigned in September 2012 from the Federal- State Commission on Right-Wing Terrorism , which was set up as a result of the exposure of the National Socialist Underground and of which he had been a member since December 2011. In view of the affair involving an undercover agent from the Berlin State Criminal Police Office, he “did not want to give the appearance of bias”, reported the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel . His successor was Karl Peter Bruch .

In an article that appeared in Berliner Tagesspiegel in December 2015 , he criticized the fact that in the refugee crisis of Chancellor Angela Merkel, the “Federal Republic of Germany, a well-organized constitutional state” had been transformed into a state in which “a part of the constitutional organization out of misunderstood humanity was overridden ”. In another article in Tagesspiegel, which appeared in 2016, Körting was critical of Merkel and her impotence in the refugee debate: "If we override the rule of law with a cloak of false charity, out of misunderstood political correctness, we will lose it." He has changed his mind about the headscarf in public service. For teachers, the ban obstructs a possible emancipation path for women from conservative families. He condemned the discrimination by branches of the economy that refused to employ women in headscarves, citing the Neutrality Act . The law of neutrality only applies to public servants.

Körting was also involved in dialogue with representatives of Berlin's Muslims. In doing so, it was important to him to get an alternative view to that of the protection of the constitution. Therefore, in 2010, he appointed Sawsan Chebli as policy advisor for intercultural matters at the Berlin interior administration. However, his dialogue initiatives are not without controversy. The Integration Commissioner of Berlin-Neukölln , Arnold Mengelkoch , holds Körting multiple visits to the Al-Nur mosque for an error. This made public advertising with a letter of thanks from Körting. In 2014, Körting formulated the draft of a state treaty for the State of Berlin with representatives of Islamic associations and mosques. The contract partners envisaged by Körting included many associations that are considered unconstitutional, including the sponsoring association of the Al-Nur mosque. The Berlin SPD parliamentary group leader, Raed Saleh, distanced himself from the draft and described many of the partners proposed in it as unsuitable.

From 2016 to 2018, Körting worked as a volunteer spokesman for the "Internal Security Expert Commission" of the SPD Saxony . This was commissioned to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the security structure of the Free State of Saxony, which, together with the suggestions for improvement, was presented in the final report in January 2018.

Senate memberships


  • 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. 214.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Who is Ehrhart Körting? ( Memento from July 3, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Portrait of Ulrich Zawatka-Gerlach, Der Tagesspiegel , April 25, 2005
  2. the daily newspaper : Young people demand a "second chance". November 17, 2006
  3. Rape comparison: Union calls on Berlin's Senator for the Interior to resign. Spiegel online from May 2, 2009
  4. ^ Leadership errors and wrong corps spirit , Constanze von Bullion, Jens Schneider, Süddeutsche Zeitung, February 25, 2013
  5. "Without fear one becomes careless" , Ulrich Kraetzer, Die Welt, April 30, 2015
  6. Yassin Musharbash: Wrong templates in the head , mirrors. November 19, 2010.  Retrieved November 20, 2010
  7. Michael König: Do not panic Minister de Maizière ruffed the hardliners. In: . November 19, 2010, accessed October 13, 2018 .
  8. Suspected Arabs: Körting does not want to be misunderstood . In: Spiegel Online . November 19, 2010 ( [accessed April 20, 2019]).
  9. Berlin's Senator for the Interior, Körting, on naturalization: “We are coming to a settlement” . In: Spiegel Online . May 4, 2006 ( [accessed April 20, 2019]).
  10. Der Spiegel, Berlin Senator for the Interior: Körting's secret Chechen meeting , February 12, 2011
  11. Körting leaves the Federal and State Commission on September 17, 2012
  12. Angela Merkel leads us helplessly into chaos, Tagesspiegel December 15, 2015 , accessed October 1, 2019. The print version appeared under the heading (with subtitle) “Helplessly into chaos - the rule of law must also be preserved in the refugee crisis. But that doesn't happen. "
  13. a b "Merkel plays dead mouse". Retrieved April 20, 2019 .
  14. "I see my law more critically today". Retrieved April 20, 2019 .
  15. Berlin has a new voice for integration , Berliner Morgenpost, August 1, 2010
  16. More and more radical Salafists preach in Berlin , Südwestpresse, October 13, 2014
  17. ^ State treaty with Hamas friends and hate preachers , Berliner Zeitung, July 1, 2015
  18. Expert Commission on Internal Security. In: SPD Saxony. Retrieved April 20, 2019 .