Anke Spoorendonk, 2013

Anke Spoorendonk (born 21 September 1947 in Busdorf) is a German politician from the South Schleswig Voters' Association (SSW). From 12 June 2012, until 28 June 2017 she was the Minister for Justice, Culture and European Affairs in the state government of Schleswig-Holstein.

LifeEdit

Spoorendonk is a part of the Danish minority in Schleswig-Holstein. In 1976, she graduated from the University of Copenhagen with a master's degree in German studies and History. From 1977 to 1996 she was a teacher at the Duborg-Skolen in Flensburg. Spoorendonk is a widow and has two children.[1]

Political lifeEdit

From 1996 to 2012, she was a member of the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein, representing the SSW, which represents the interests of the Danish and the Frisian minorities. In this period she was as well the leader of the SSW group in the state parliament.

After the 2012 election, she was appointed minister for Justice, Culture and European Affairs in the newly formed coalition government called Danish traffic light coalition which consisted of the Social Democrats, the Green Party and the SSW. It was the first time in history that this coalition has been formed. The government was led by the Social Democrat Torsten Albig.[2]

Because of her appointment as a minister, she resigned her office as a member of the Landtag to pass it on to another representative from her party the SSW. [3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Spoorendonk's personal website ("Personligt")" (in Danish). Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Dänen-Ampel steht – Albig regiert in Kiel". Die Welt (in German). 12 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Die neue Ministerriege in Kiel vereidigt". Der Nordschleswiger (in German). 13 June 2012. Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2012.

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