Lars Klingbeil

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Lars Klingbeil (2018)

Lars Klingbeil (born February 23, 1978 in Soltau ) is a German politician ( SPD ). In 2005 he was briefly a member of the German Bundestag , to which he has belonged again since the 2009 Bundestag election . From May 2003 to November 2007 he was deputy federal chairman of the Jusos and since December 2017 he has been general secretary of his party.

Origin, education and private life

Klingbeil comes from the family of a Bundeswehr soldier and grew up in Munster . After graduating from high school in Munster in 1998 and doing community service at the station mission in Hanover , he began studying political science , sociology and history at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University in Hanover in 1999, completing his master's degree in 2004 . From 2001 to 2004 he received a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation .

Since August 2019 he has been married to Lena-Sophie Müller, who has been the managing director of Initiative D21 since 2014 . He plays guitar in his spare time and was the singer and guitarist of the rock band Sleeping Silence. In his youth, he said he was active in the Antifa .

Political career

Starts as a party speaker (2001 to 2005) and young socialist (2003 to 2007)

In addition to his studies, Klingbeil worked from 2001 to 2003 in the constituency office of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the Bundestag member Heino Wiese . From 2001 to 2016 he was a member of the City Council of Munster and since 2002 he has been a board member of the SPD district of North Lower Saxony. After graduating, he worked from 2004 to 2005 as a youth education officer for the SPD in North Rhine-Westphalia . From 2003 to 2007 he also served as deputy federal chairman of the Jusos .

Successor to the German Bundestag (2005)

From January 24, 2005 to October 18, 2005, he replaced the SPD MP Jann-Peter Janssen, who had resigned in the wages affair, in the German Bundestag . During this time he was a member of the European Committee and an alternate member of the Health Committee and the Defense Committee . In the early federal elections in 2005 , Klingbeil missed re-entry into the German Bundestag and left parliament.

Local and party politicians (2005 to 2009)

From 2005 until his return to the German Bundestag in 2009, he was the office manager of the SPD state chairman Garrelt Duin . Since 2006 he has been chairman of the SPD sub-district Heidekreis and from 2006 to 2018 he was a member of the district council of the Heidekreis. From 2004 to 2007 he was also a member of the International Commission of the SPD party executive .

Member of the German Bundestag (since 2009)

Lars Klingbeil (2013)

In the 2009 Bundestag elections , he moved into the German Bundestag with 7th place on the Lower Saxony state list . In the constituency of Rotenburg I - Soltau-Fallingbostel, he lost 35.3 percent of the first votes to Reinhard Grindel from the CDU , who received 40.2 percent of the first votes. In the 17th electoral term he was a member of the Defense Committee , the New Media subcommittee and the Internet and Digital Society Enquete Commission . In addition, he was parliamentary group spokesman in the New Media subcommittee, speaker of the parliamentary group working group for the Internet and Digital Society inquiry commission and deputy chairman of the SPD regional groups in Lower Saxony / Bremen .

In the 2013 Bundestag election , he moved into the German Bundestag via number 9 on the Lower Saxony state list. In the constituency of Rotenburg I - Heidekreis, with 40.6 percent of the first votes, he was again defeated by Reinhard Grindel from the CDU, who received 44.8 percent of the first votes. In the 18th electoral term he was a member of the Defense Committee and the Digital Agenda Committee . He was also the spokesman for the parliamentary group on the Digital Agenda and chairman of the SPD regional groups in Lower Saxony / Bremen.

In the 2017 federal election he ran for 7th place on the state list of Lower Saxony and in the constituency of Rotenburg I - Heidekreis, where he prevailed against Kathrin Rösel from the CDU with 41.2 to 36.1 percent of the first votes and thus won a direct mandate for the first time . In the 19th legislature he is deputy member of the Defense Committee , the Committee Digital Agenda and in the first investigative committee of the Defense Committee . He is also deputy chairman of the SPD regional groups in Lower Saxony / Bremen.

Secretary General (since 2017)

Lars Klingbeil as SPD general secretary signing the coalition agreement (2018)

On October 23, 2017, the party presidium nominated Klingbeil as the successor to the outgoing Secretary General Hubertus Heil at the suggestion of Federal Chairman Martin Schulz . At the federal party congress on December 8, 2017, he was elected to office with 70.6 percent of the delegate votes and at the federal party congress on December 6, 2019, he was confirmed in office with 79.9 percent of the delegate votes.

In his function as General Secretary, Klingbeil negotiated the coalition agreement with the Union parties in spring 2018 and successfully campaigned for the approval of the SPD members in the subsequent member vote. He organized the election campaign for the 2019 European elections and the membership decision for the 2019 SPD chairmanship . As Secretary General he is the editor of Vorwärts .

Political positions

Basic orientation

Klingbeil belongs to the Seeheimer Kreis , in which the conservative wing of the SPD parliamentary group has come together. Until 2015 he was a member of the parliamentary left .

Network policy

Internet and new media

In a contribution written with Martin Oetting and Mathias Richel in July 2011, Klingbeil developed his image of a “real social democratic network policy ” on the basis of six tasks to social democracy . He considered the following factors to be essential in this context:

  • Democratic renewal
  • Openness and transparency
  • Copy as an essential feature
  • Access for everyone
  • Jobs become states and cease to be places
  • Communication with people and for people

Monitoring the Internet

The attacks in Norway of July 2011 took Klingbeil as an opportunity to call for greater monitoring of the internet by German security authorities. In this context, he explained on Deutschlandfunk that there were too few experts in the German security authorities to monitor, for example, sites with right-wing extremist content. Since these servers can be found worldwide, the investigators must increasingly rely on international cooperation, and more officers are still needed in the law enforcement authorities. In particular, action against right-wing extremists is necessary. He supports the demand of the police union Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK) to promote a kind of alarm button for reporting right-wing extremists.

Net neutrality

Klingbeil calls for a statutory definition of net neutrality .

Controversy

Proximity to the arms industry

Although his father was a simple soldier in the Bundeswehr, Klingbeil refused to do military service. According to his own statements, he changed his critical attitude towards the Bundeswehr in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 . Klingbeil is now said to have close contact with the German arms industry .

He is an active member of the lobby association of the German Society for Defense Technology and was a member of the German Army Support Group . He also maintains contacts with the lobby association Society for Security Policy . In this context, it is noticeable that he advocates an increase in the defense budget. Nevertheless, he advocated a stop of arms exports for countries involved in the Yemen war . As a possible reason for his close contact with the German arms industry is considered that the Rheinmetall -Location Unterluess that employs many people in the region, adjacent to its constituency.

Others

In 2013, one week of Klingbeil's meetings was portrayed as part of the NDR series 7 days . The episode was broadcast on September 1, 2013 and shortly afterwards because of a complaint by his constituency opponent Reinhard Grindel of the CDU, it was removed from the media library and YouTube until the 2013 federal election .

Web links

Commons : Lars Klingbeil  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil is getting married in Lüneburg Heath nwzonline.de, August 26, 2019
  2. From rocker to pirate competitor cicero.de
  3. The Antifa strikes back neue-deutschland.de, December 5, 2019
  4. SPD leaders suggest Klingbeil spiegel.de, October 23, 2017
  5. Lars Klingbeil elected Secretary General with 70 percent spiegel.de, December 8, 2017
  6. Lars Klingbeil re-elected as Secretary General spiegel.de, December 6, 2019
  7. Mission: Rettung spiegel.de, December 6, 2017
  8. Members of the parliamentary left parliamentarian-linke.de (archive version from March 11, 2015)
  9. ^ The article What is social democratic network policy? Attempt to answer in 6 tasks. can be found under What is social-democratic network policy ?, das-ist-sozialdemokratisch.de, July 18, 2011 ( memento from March 12, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on July 28, 2011, as well as Red Cloth Social-Democratic Network Policy, caught in the network, theeuropean .de, July 20, 2011 ( Memento of July 21, 2011 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on July 28, 2011
  10. cf. z. B. Internal security: SPD internet expert wants to monitor right-wing extremist websites more closely, focus.de, July 28, 2011 , accessed on July 28, 2011.
  11. Klingbeil: More emergency services needed to fight right-wing extremism on the Internet, dradio.de, July 28, 2011 , accessed on July 28, 2011.
  12. cf. z. B. Net neutrality-digital classes feared, mz-web.de, July 12, 2011 , accessed on July 28, 2011
  13. On all channels - sometimes with your head through the wall . In: https://www.kreiszeitung.de/ . September 19, 2017 ( Kreiszeitung.de [accessed March 30, 2018]).
  14. Hello, dear socis, finally wake up: The armaments lobby occupies the central post of Secretary General. In: nachdenkseiten.de. Initiative to improve the quality of political opinion-forming eV, November 2, 2017, accessed on March 29, 2018 .
  15. ^ German Society for Defense Technology - Presidium. In: dwt-sgw.de. German Society for Defense Technology, accessed on March 29, 2018 .
  16. ^ German Army Support Group. In: lobbypedia.de. LobbyControl - Initiative for Transparency and Democracy eV, accessed on March 29, 2018 .
  17. ^ Society for Security Policy - Annual Financial Statements 2017. In: gsp-sipo.de. Society for Security Policy V., accessed on March 29, 2018 .
  18. Thomas Hitschler and Lars Klingbeil: For realistic spending goals in security and defense policy. March 21, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2018 .
  19. tagesschau.de: How the SPD wrested a ban on arms exports from the Union. Accessed March 30, 2018 (German).
  20. How the SPD forced the export stop. In: tagesschau.de. Norddeutscher Rundfunk, January 19, 2018, accessed on March 29, 2018 .
  21. On all channels - sometimes with your head through the wall. In: Kreiszeitung.de. Kreiszeitung Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, September 19, 2017, accessed on March 29, 2018 .
  22. ^ NDR deletes documentation about SPD politicians stefan-niggemeier.de after protests by CDU politicians , September 9, 2013