Mathias Brodkorb

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Mathias Brodkorb (2017)
Mathias Brodkorb (right) next to Manuela Schwesig (2013)

Mathias Brodkorb (born March 20, 1977 in Rostock ) is a German politician ( SPD ) and was Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Finance Minister from 2016 to 2019 . From October 2011 to October 2016 he was Minister of Education, Science and Culture of the state and from 20 September 2016 to November 2016 chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in the local state parliament , to which he was a member from 2002 to 2019. He became known for his activities in university politics and the fight against right-wing extremism with the projects he initiated Endstation Rechts , Storch Heinar , Adebor Verlag and the magazine Horizonte (2002–2015).


In 1987 Brodkorb's family left the GDR for their father's home in Korneuburg / Austria. In 1992 he returned to his native Rostock. There he passed the Abitur in 1996 and, after the subsequent civil service, studied philosophy and ancient Greek at the University of Rostock from 1997 , among others with Wolfgang Bernard and Markus Schmitz . Brodkorb completed his studies in 2005 with a master's degree in philosophy.

From 1994 to 1997 Brodkorb was a member of the Democratic Socialism Party (PDS) and was involved in the Communist Platform . The preoccupation with Marxism led him to philosophy. In the course of his studies, Brodkorb increasingly distanced himself from communism . In 1997 he moved to the SPD, where he became state chairman of the Jusos for two years in 1998 and was a member of the SPD state executive from 1999 to 2009. In the state election in September 2002 , he was elected to the state parliament via the SPD state list and has been a member of it since October 2002. After another entry into the state parliament via the state list after the state elections in 2006 , he was directly elected to the state parliament in September 2011 as a member of the constituency 6 Rostock III . From October 2008 to October 2011 Brodkorb was deputy chairman of the parliamentary group. In 2010 he lectured as an extremism expert at constitutional protection conferences . For example, at a conference of the Lower Saxony constitutional protection agency on September 16, 2009, as well as on June 24, 2010 in Potsdam at the black blocks right and left conference - Autonomous extremists on the violence course of the Brandenburg constitutional protection . On October 25, 2011 he was appointed Minister for Education, Science and Culture by Prime Minister Erwin Sellering and was a member of the Sellering II cabinet . He resigned from his ministerial office on October 4, 2016, when the 7th state parliament was constituted. Brodkorb had already been elected chairman of the SPD parliamentary group on September 20, 2016 after his predecessor Norbert Nieszery no longer stood in the state election in September 2016 , in which Brodkorb had defended his direct mandate. He moved at the request of the Prime Minister, who was his confidante. At the end of the coalition negotiations in mid-October, Brodkorb was surprisingly presented as the new finance minister who replaced the outgoing minister Heike Polzin . He was sworn in with the new Sellering III cabinet on November 1, 2016. Manuela Schwesig took him over to her cabinet when she became Prime Minister in July 2017. However, Brodkorb resigned his ministerial office on April 29, 2019 with immediate effect; as the reason he gave personal and political differences with Prime Minister Schwesig. However, he retained his state parliament mandate and took over the role of climate policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group in June 2019 , combined with joining the legal and agricultural committee of the state parliament . In October 2019, Brodkorb also resigned from the state parliament to take over the post of head of the supervisory board of the Rostock and Greifswald university hospitals. Dagmar Kaselitz moved up for him .

In 2003 Neon magazine ranked him among the 100 most important young Germans. This was justified with his political, but above all scientific commitment against right-wing extremism . In addition to his state parliament activities, Brodkorb had lectureships at the University of Rostock in philosophy.

Political priorities

Brodkorb became known, among other things, when he read Hitler's Mein Kampf in a workshop for educational purposes at a youth festival in the seaside resort of Prora on the island of Rügen in 2003 and discussed it with young people. Brodkorb justified the discussion, with this action he wanted to draw attention to the historical background of the venue. Prora was planned and partially completed as a KdF bath in the Third Reich . Critics such as the historian Stefan Wolter point out, however, that Prora was partially dismantled after the war and then rebuilt into a large Stalinist barracks. In connection with the historical evaluation of the Prora monumental buildings, Brodkorb is accused of being one-sided. An educational center on the “double story” at the location of the Prora construction soldiers , which the state government promised in 2010, did not come about under him, at least until 2015. Youth festivals took place in Prora between 2003 and 2010. In 2003, Brodkorb also called for the publication of a historical-critical complete edition of Adolf Hitler's main work, since after the copyright protection expired a few years later it was to be expected that right-wing extremist publishers could generate significant sales with the reprint.

In 2004 the young politician published his discussion paper The future of the university landscape of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania by 2020 with proposals for university changes in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania under the pressure of demographic change in East Germany. Among other things, he advocated the introduction of “downstream tuition fees ” for higher-earning university graduates and put the structural consolidation requirement at 48–69 million euros. The paper sparked numerous discussions in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. A few months after the paper was published, the then education minister, Metelmann, presented the need for dismantling at a specialist conference, which amounts to around 18% of total expenditure.

Under Brodkorb's administration in the Ministry of Education, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was the first federal state to offer diploma courses again since the Bologna reform came into force . In a monitor interview, he described the Bologna reform as a mistake. He attracted attention among the German education ministers when he and Julian Nida-Rümelin criticized the “academization mania” in education policy and accused the school systems in Hamburg and Bremen, which were shaped by the SPD, to award school qualifications against insufficient performance. In 2020, in a book Der Abiturbetrug , he called for the German Abitur quota to be halved to 20%, thereby opposing the party's education policy since the 1960s.

Brodkorb was one of the co-founders, editors and publishers of the political magazine horizonte, which has been published since 2002 . He is co-founder of the website and the initiative . He is also a member of Greenpeace .

In relation to the discussion about the various party exclusion proceedings against Thilo Sarrazin , Brodkorb said in 2011 that the termination of the proceedings only allowed two conclusions: Either the SPD now tolerates eugenic , social Darwinist and unconstitutional positions. Or the allegations against Sarrazin were defamatory, exaggerated and purely tactically motivated from the start. Brodkorb assumes a programmatic deficit on the left. In the sense of “ political correctness ” one knows what one is against, but has no orientation of one's own. This runs the risk of replacing substantial social policy with the cheap hunt for a “metaphysical Nazi”.

In a guest article in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in 2019, Brodkorb demanded that East German society had to open up more to immigration in view of the shortage of skilled workers in the new federal states.

Scientific focus

Brodkorb's academic focus is on researching right-wing extremist ideologies. In 2003 he published the book Metamorphoses von Rechts, an introduction to the ideology and strategy of modern right-wing extremism of the NPD.


Standalone Fonts

  • With Jörg Nielandt: expanding civil society. Non-profit organizations and third sector (= socialism. Vol. 27, Suppl. 9). VSA, Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-87975-956-1 .
  • With Thomas Schmidt: Is there a modern right-wing extremism? The case study Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Schwerin 2002, ISBN 3-89892-050-X .
  • Liberal Capitalism or Social Democracy? The SPD on the way to a new basic program. Bliemel, Banzkow 2003, ISBN 978-3-9809375-1-1 .
  • Metamorphoses from the right. An introduction to the strategy and ideology of modern right-wing extremism. Westphalian steam boat, Münster 2003, ISBN 3-89691-595-9 .
  • On the future of the higher education landscape in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania up to 2020. SPD parliamentary group Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schwerin 2004.
  • With Katja Koch: Abitur fraud: On the failure of German educational federalism. A polemic . Spring 2020 ISBN 978-3866746169


  • Singular Auschwitz? Ernst Nolte, Jürgen Habermas and 25 years of historians' dispute. Adebor, Banzkow 2011, ISBN 978-3-9809375-9-7 .
  • Extremist hunter !? The term extremism and the democratic constitutional state (= end of the line right. Vol. 1). Adebor, Banzkow 2011, ISBN 978-3980937573 .

Articles (selection)

  • Between Hitlerism and Ethnopluralism. A slightly different view of German right-wing extremism. In: Hartmut Brenneisen et al. (Ed.): 60 Years of the Basic Law (= Police and Security Management. Vol. 6). Lit, Berlin et al. 2010, ISBN 978-3-643-10636-0 , pp. 236-264.
  • Throws Buschkowsky out of the SPD! In: Jürgen Bellers (Ed.): On the Sarrazin case. Science - Media - Materials. Lit, Berlin, 2010, ISBN 978-3-643-10991-0 , pp. 33-38.
  • From understanding to unmasking - via “new right” and “Jewish mimicry” under the conditions of politicized science. In: Yearbook Extremism & Democracy . Vol. 23, 2011, pp. 32-64.

Web links

Commons : Mathias Brodkorb  - Collection of Images

See also

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Finance Minister Mathias Brodkorb resigned. In: Spiegel Online . April 29, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019 .
  4. a b c Martin Otto: Parody and Expertise: Antifascism can be so intelligent. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , August 11, 2010.
  5. A man with energy. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung , May 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Mathias Brodkorb - from philosopher to finance minister , by Silke Hasselmann Deutschlandfunk January 2, 2017
  7. State Parliament Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Biography of Mathias Brodkorb.
  8. ^ Election to the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on September 4, 2011. Final result. Elected constituency applicants (first votes)
  9. 2nd Extremism Symposium of the Lower Saxony Office for the Protection of the Constitution on September 16, 2009 in Hanover PDF
  10. ^ The conference volume Black Blocks Right and Left Autonomous Extremists on Course for Violence An event of the protection of the Constitution on June 24, 2010 in Potsdam as PDF
  11. On the Deception of the Opponent - Autonomous Nationalists as a Form of Political Mimicry (I) , "Endstation Rechts" July 15, 2010, by Mathias Brodkorb
  12. Critique of Criticism - On the misunderstood extremism theory Störungsmelder July 23, 2010
  13. ^ Mathias Brodkorb and the "Extremist Hunters" April 13, 2011
  14. Prime Minister Erwin Sellering appoints new cabinet. Press release 248/2011 of the State Chancellery Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, October 25, 2011, accessed on November 13, 2015 .
  15. First interview after the election: What now, Mr. Brodkorb? In: North German Latest News , September 21, 2016.
  16. Max Stefan Koslick: end of the coalition negotiations. The highlight: Brodkorb becomes finance minister. In: Schweriner Volkszeitung , October 18, 2016.
  17. Elected: Erwin Sellering again Prime Minister. In: Norddeutscher Rundfunk , November 1, 2016.
  18. ^ Finance Minister Brodkorb resigned. In: . April 29, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019 .
  19. Ex-Finance Minister Brodkorb with a new task. In: . June 7, 2019, accessed June 7, 2019 .
  20. After scandals at university hospitals in MV: Now Brodkorb should clean up. Retrieved January 9, 2020 .
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  22. Stefan Wolter: Prora-in the midst of history, vol. 1. Norderstedt 2015, ISBN 978-3-73863-237-8 and Wolfgang Repke: Prora, Block V, TH 4. Introduction by Stefan Wolter (series Denk-MAL-Prora , Vol. 5), Halle 2013, p. 17, ISBN 978-3-95486-388-4 .
  23. ^ Berlin Republic: Hitler's Long Shadow
  24. ^ Mathias Brodkorb: The future of the university landscape in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania by 2020 ( Memento from September 28, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF file)
  25. ^ Mathias Brodkorb: Documentation for the specialist conference on January 14, 2005 in Warnemünde ( Memento from May 9, 2006 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF file)
  26. The diploma returns in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  27. Zero number instead of turbo degree: the Bachelor ( memento from April 29, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), Monitor No. 633 from April 26, 2012
  28. ^ Ostsee-Zeitung: Minister warns of "academization mania". February 15, 2016, accessed September 8, 2018 .
  29. Ostsee-Zeitung: How good is bad? February 27, 2016, accessed September 8, 2018 .
  30. Brodkorb in endstation-rechts Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 8:19 p.m., Sarrazin remains a social democrat - One comment ( Memento from April 28, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  31. Mathias Brodkorb: If the Ossis want to join the West, they have to open up to the world. In: . October 26, 2019, accessed on October 26, 2019 : “Without targeted immigration, it will not be possible to stabilize economic development. So the Ossis have to decide: If they want to stay among themselves, this will only be possible at the price of economic stagnation. "
  32. ^ Review notes at Perlentaucher .
  33. ^ Review notes at Perlentaucher .