Peter Glotz

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Peter Glotz, 1988

Peter Glotz (born March 6, 1939 in Eger , Sudetenland ; † August 25, 2005 in Zurich , Switzerland ) was a German politician ( SPD ), journalist and communication scientist .

From 1974 to 1977 he was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister for Education and Science , from 1977 to 1981 Senator for Science and Research of West Berlin and from 1981 to 1987 Federal Managing Director of the SPD. From 1996 to 1999 he was founding rector of the University of Erfurt and from 2000 to 2004 professor at the University of St. Gallen . From 2004 until his death, Peter Glotz was a member of the Presidium of the German-Arab Society .

education and profession

Glotz's father was a German insurance employee, and his mother Zdenka Edita Glotzová was Czech. After being expelled from Bohemia , Glotz came to Eckersdorf in Upper Franconia in 1945 . He attended grammar school in Bayreuth and Hanover , where he graduated from high school in 1959 . He then completed a degree in newspaper science , philosophy , German studies and sociology at the universities of Munich and Vienna , which he completed in 1964 as a Magister Artium in newspaper science. He was then to 1970 when Otto B. Roegele research assistant at the Institute of journalism at the University of Munich, where in 1968 his doctorate to Dr. phil. with the work book criticism in German newspapers took place. From 1969 to 1970 he was also Vice President of the University of Munich . Afterwards he was managing director of a research institute in Munich until 1972 .

After leaving the Bundestag in 1996, Glotz was the (founding) rector of the University of Erfurt until 1999. He achieved success there primarily with the establishment of the philosophical and political science faculty, the Max Weber College, with the construction of the library and contacts with business. From 2000 to 2004 he was a permanent visiting professor for media and society at the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). As a representative of the Federal Chancellor , Glotz was a member of the European Constitutional Convention for the drafting of a European constitution from 2001 to 2002 . Since 2000, he and Erika Steinbach have chaired the Center against Expulsions Foundation . He was the curator of the New Social Market Economy Initiative and most recently worked as a freelance journalist, author and editor, for example for Neue Gesellschaft / Frankfurter Hefte .

Together with Heinz Klaus Mertes , he hosted the political talk show Im Kreuzfeuer on RTL from 1996 to 1997 and, in 2005, together with Heiner Geißler, the monthly political program Glotz & Geißler on n-tv .


Glotz married the then member of the Bundestag Anke Martiny in 1976 . In his third marriage, Peter Glotz was married to Felicitas Walch since 1991. The son Lion comes from the marriage.

Glotz died at the age of 66 on August 25, 2005 - in the presence of his relatives - in the University Hospital Zurich of a squamous cell carcinoma in the lung .

Political party

Glotz had been a member of the SPD since 1961. From 1972 to 1976 he was deputy state chairman of the Bavarian Social Democrats . After a brief interlude as the state chairman of the SPD Berlin in 1981, he was SPD federal manager until 1987 . Ultimately, Glotz served as district chairman in southern Bavaria from 1987 to 1991.


From 1970 to 1972 Glotz belonged to the Bavarian State Parliament as a member of the Fürstenfeldbruck constituency .

From 1972 to his resignation on May 16, 1977 and from 1983 to September 24, 1996 he was a member of the German Bundestag .

Glotz has always entered the Bundestag via the Bavarian State List .

Public offices

On May 16, 1974, he was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Education and Science in the federal government led by Helmut Schmidt .

On May 16, 1977, he resigned from this office because he had been appointed Senator for Science and Research in the Senate of Berlin (West) headed by Dietrich Stobbe . He held this office until Stobbe's resignation as governing mayor in mid-January 1981.


Media representatives liked to refer to Glotz as a “pioneer” of social democracy, although they were reluctant to follow him in his ideas and mostly did not follow him at all. In the 1970s, he made a name for himself in disputes with the Young Socialists in the SPD. In January 1978 he was a participant in the Tunix Congress in Berlin, where the Left discussed future strategies and directions after the events of the German Autumn . As federal manager he tried to give the SPD new impulses ("campaign ability"), which he tried to secure with current social science theses and topics (" information society "). Although these efforts were unsuccessful in the election (loss of the federal elections in 1983 and 1987 ), he made political science legitimation and political advice a standard for the work of his party. He published a number of books as well as essays and articles in magazines and newspapers ( Die Zeit , Freitag ).

Glotz was at the beginning of his party career to be assigned to the left wing, but with increasing age he approached conservative positions. In the SPD, for example, he was one of the champions for the introduction of tuition fees ( In the core rotten? Five to twelve at Germany's universities. 1996). He also supported Agenda 2010 of the red-green federal government and called for more far-reaching reforms in labor and economic policy. Furthermore, he was involved in the drafting of the European constitution on behalf of the SPD-led federal government . Glotz advocated the establishment of a center against expulsions in Berlin and had been chairman of the foundation established for this purpose since September 2000 (together with the President of the Association of Expellees Erika Steinbach ).


  • Book review in German newspapers (= publications on book market research . Volume 14). Verlag für Buchmarkt -forschung , Hamburg 1968, DNB 481608419 (Dissertation University of Munich, Philosophical Faculty, September 27, 1968, 226 pages).
  • with Wolfgang R. Langenbucher (Ed.): Missed lessons. Draft of a reading book. S. Mohn Verlag, Gütersloh 1965.
  • with Wolfgang R. Langenbucher: The disregarded reader. To the criticism of the German press. Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Cologne and Berlin 1969.
  • with Wolfgang R. Langenbucher (Ed.): Role models for Germans. Correction of a hero gallery. R. Piper, Munich 1974.
  • The way of social democracy. The historical mission of reformism. Molden, Vienna 1975.
  • The interior of the power. Political Diary 1976–1978. Steinhausen, Munich 1979.
  • The work of escalation. About the organization of a left capable of government. Berlin, settlers 1984.
  • Manifesto for a New European Left. Siedler, Berlin 1985.
  • The intensification of the work. Five theses on the working society and its future. In: Kurt van Haaren , Hans-Ulrich Klose , Michael Müller (eds.): Liberation of work. Strategies against unemployment, the destruction of nature and alienation. Neue Gesellschaft, Bonn 1986, pp. 41–47.
  • with Eberhard Lämmert and Jörn Rüsen (eds.): The future of enlightenment. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1988.
  • The German right. A polemic. Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Stuttgart 1989.
  • The wrong path of the nation state. European speeches to a German audience. DVA, Stuttgart 1990.
  • The left after the victory of the West. DVA, Stuttgart 1992.
  • Konrad Seitz , Peter Glotz, Rita Süssmuth : The haphazard elites: are the Germans missing out on the future? Stiebner, Munich 1992.
  • Rotted at the core? Five to twelve at Germany's universities. DVA, Stuttgart 1996.
  • The years of disaffection. Political diary. DVA, Stuttgart 1996.
  • Notifying the Germans. Current television coverage between quota and time constraints. Institute for media development and communication in the publishing group Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt am Main 1998.
  • The accelerated society. Cultural struggles in digital capitalism. Kindler, Munich 1999.
  • From analog to digital. Our society on the way to digital culture. Huber, Frauenfeld 2001.
  • Ron summer . The way of the Telekom. Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2001, ISBN 3-455-09332-9 .
  • The expulsion. Bohemia as a lesson. Ullstein, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-550-07574-X .
  • The knowledge worker. Political Strategy Essays. Preface by Wolf Lepenies . Huber, Frauenfeld 2004, ISBN 3-7193-1351-4 .
  • with Robin Meyer-Lucht (Ed.): Online against Print. Newspaper and magazine in transition. (= Media and Markets, Volume 12), UVK, Konstanz 2004, ISBN 978-3-89669-443-0 .
  • From home to home. Memories of a cross-border commuter. Econ, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-430-13258-4 .
  • (Ed.) Together with Stefan Bertschi and Christopher Locke: Daumenkultur: The mobile phone in society , Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2006, ISBN 9783899424737 (collection of articles from English)
  • The conversation is the soul of democracy. Contributions to communication, media and cultural policy. Edited by Wolfgang R. Langenbucher and Hans Wagner . Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden 2014, ISBN 978-3-8487-1557-2 .


See also


  • Bruno Kreisky : Got the ball rolling. Thoughts on Peter Glotz 'book “The Work of Accumulation.” In: Die Neue Gesellschaft , 31, 1984, pp. 1153–1154.
  • Ingomar Hauchler : Socially Controlled Innovation - Arrangement with Capital? On the book by Peter Glotz "The Work of Accumulation." In: Die Neue Gesellschaft , 31, 1984, pp. 1155–1160.
  • Dietmar Herz : The Anthemion and the “Matchstick Topic” - thoughts on Peter Glotz's life and political thinking. In: Sinn und Form , 60, 2008, pp. 631–650.
  • Robert Liniek: borrowings from a Marxist: Peter Glotz and his Gramsci reception. In: EUROjournal pro management. 2/2013, pp. 67-68.
  • Frank Ettrich , Dietmar Herz (ed.): Peter Glotz - fencing master and singer. The role of political intellectuals in the age of post-democracy , Budrich UniPress, Opladen 2018, ISBN 978-3-86388-740-7 .

Web links

Commons : Peter Glotz  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. In the crossfire . Wishlist. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  2. Thomas Schmid: Pathos and megalomania were alien to him . In: THE WORLD . August 25, 2015.
  3. See: Bernhard Zimmermann: Bankruptcy of Criticism? In: ders .: Navigations. Studies on literary and media history in the 20th and 21st centuries. Kovač, Hamburg 2013, pp. 89–106, p. 97 (on the positions of Peter Glotz regarding the educated bourgeois functional elite of literary criticism , who in his view fail to contribute to overcoming cultural gaps in the sense of a democratization of reading culture ).
  4. The conversation is the soul of democracy . Political Science Portal. May 7, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Chronicle of the ARD, March 28, 1968 on