Klaus Wettig

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Klaus Wettig receiving an order from the Lower Saxony Prime Minister Stephan Weil

Klaus Wettig (born August 15, 1940 in Göttingen ) is a German politician , author , cultural manager and former member of the European Parliament .

education and profession

Wettig completed an apprenticeship as a typesetter and then worked in this profession. He obtained his Abitur via the second educational path and studied law and social sciences at the University of Göttingen . He joined the SPD in 1962. From 1970 to 1974 he worked as a planning officer in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education. In 1975 and 1976 he worked as a political advisor for the socialist party in revolutionary Portugal. From 1976 to 1979 he was head of the Lower Saxony office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation . During his time in the European Parliament (1979–1994) he campaigned for the accession of Portugal and in the Agriculture Committee for an exemption from the ban on hot slaughtered food in order to enable the traditional production of Eichsfeld Mettwurst (Stracke) to continue. From 1985 to 2007 he was a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen. From 1999 to 2007 he was managing director of the Parthas-Verlag Berlin and from 2001 to 2007 of the publishing house for Berlin-Brandenburg. From 2007 to 2010 he was program manager for vorwärts buch and the publishing house for Berlin-Brandenburg .


Klaus Wettig is married to the former SPD treasurer Inge Wettig-Danielmeier . The couple have three daughters, including Hannah Wettig .

Political party

• Chairman of the SPD sub-district of Göttingen (1972–1985) • Member of the SPD district committee Hanover (1970–1980) • Member of the SPD state committee Lower Saxony (1974–1978) • Member of the European Parliament (1979–1994) • Chairman of the SPD- Local club Göttingen-Ost (2009-today)


  • Grand Officer of the Portuguese Order of Merit
  • Carrier of the Federal Cross of Merit 1st class
  • Honorary Member of the European Parliament
  • The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil , awarded Klaus Wettig the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Lower Saxony Order of Merit in 2017 and handed it over to him on October 25, 2017.

Works (selection)

  • Dare to reform - comments on the resurgence of the SPD , Schüren-Verlag , Marburg 2019, ISBN 978-3-7410-0263-2
  • Places of social democracy: a travel book , Vorwärts-Buch publishing house, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-86602-921-7
  • Rosenthal's election campaign: Memories of Philip Rosenthal's 1969 election campaign in the Goslar-Wolfenbüttel federal constituency 47 , Verlag Vorwärts-Buch, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-86602-923-1
  • Searching for traces and found objects: Göttingen stories , Wallstein-Verlag, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-8353-0122-1
  • Together with Inge Wettig-Danielmeier and Matthias Linnekugel: Handbook on political party financing , 3rd edition, Verlag Vorwärts-Buch, Berlin 2005, ISBN 978-3-86602-925-5
  • Together with Mirja Linnekugel: Willy Brandt: Fighter and Visionary , photographs by Jupp Darchinger , Vorwärts-Buch publishing house, Berlin 2004, ISBN 978-3-936324-08-2
  • As editor: 1873 - 2003: 130 years of social democracy in Göttingen , Die Werkstatt publishing house, Göttingen 2003, ISBN 978-3-89533-440-5
  • Together with Laurenz Demps and Eberhard Schultz: Federal Ministry of Finance - a polluted place? , Parthas-Verlag, Berlin 2002, ISBN 978-3-932529-32-0


  • Klaus Wettig was chairman of the sponsoring association of the Goettingen adult education center from 1994 to 2012
  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Göttingen Literature Autumn.
  • Since 1996 he has been managing director of the Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus eV

Web links

Commons : Klaus Wettig  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Website of the SPD sub-district Göttingen , accessed on December 17, 2018
  2. Website of the Hessisch-Niedersächsische Allgemeine, notification of October 29, 2017 , retrieval on December 17, 2018
  3. Göttinger Tageblatt online edition of February 7, 2012 , accessed on January 12, 2018