Federal Ministry for Economics and Labour (Germany)

The Federal Ministry for Economics and Labour (German: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit) was a Ministry of German Federal Government between 2002 and 2005. It was created through the merger of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and one part of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs - the other part being merged with the old Federal Ministry for Health, then the Ministry of Health and Social Security. This transformations aimed to consolidate the policy-fields of economics and labour market, on which the second term of chancellor Gerhard Schröder wanted to focus, into one hand. Because the new Ministry was very large and important, it was often referred to as a super-ministry (Superministerium) and its minister as a super-minister (Superminister). The creation of the new Ministry was widely seen as failed, basically because of the poor performance of the only office-holder Wolfgang Clement. Under the following grand coalition headed by Angela Merkel, the portfolio reshuffle was reversed, and the old Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology, of Labour and Social Affairs and of Health were created once again.


Political Party:   SPD

Portrait Party Term of Office Chancellor
Wolfgang Clement
  SPD 22 October 2002 22 November 2005 Schröder