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Gerd Müller (politician)

Gerd Müller (born 25 August 1955 as Gerhard Müller in the town of Krumbach, district of Günzburg, Bavaria, Germany) is a German politician and member of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria. He is the Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Gerd Müller
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Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development
Assumed office
17 December 2013
ChancellorAngela Merkel
Preceded byDirk Niebel
Parliamentary Secretary of State for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
In office
22 November 2005 – 17 December 2013
ChancellorAngela Merkel
MinisterHorst Seehofer
Ilse Aigner
Hans-Peter Friedrich (Acting)
Preceded byMatthias Berninger
Succeeded byMaria Flachsbach
Member of the Bundestag
for Oberallgäu
Assumed office
16 October 1994
Preceded byIgnaz Kiechle
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
In office
18 June 1989 – 12 June 1994
Personal details
Born (1955-08-25) 25 August 1955 (age 64)
Krumbach, Germany
Political partyChristian Social Union in Bavaria

Political careerEdit

Müller was chairman of the Junge Union's Bavarian section from 1987 until 1991. In this position, his calls in favour of capital punishment for drug dealers caused significant controversy.[1][2]

Between 1989 and 1994, Müller was a Member of the European Parliament, where he served on the Committee on Transport and Tourism and on the Joint Assembly of the Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Economic Community (ACP-EEC).

Since 1994, Müller has been a member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) following the federal election that year. He served on the committees for foreign and defense policy and was the spokesman on Europe, foreign, and development policy for the CSU group.[3]

Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, 2005–2013Edit

From 2005 to 2013, Müller served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection under ministers Horst Seehofer (2005–2008) and Ilse Aigner (2008–2013) in the first and second cabinets of Chancellor Angela Merkel. In this capacity, he was responsible for international relations, third-world development projects, and world food aid programs, among other issues.[3] In 2011, he participated in the first joint cabinet meeting of the governments of Germany and China in Berlin; his counterpart in the Chinese government at the time was Han Changfu.[4]

Following the 2013 federal elections, Müller was part of the CDU/CSU team in the negotiations with the SPD on a coalition agreement.

Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, 2013–presentEdit

Since 2013, Müller has been Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development in the third cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel; he was succeeded as Parliamentary State Secretary by Peter Bleser.

In February 2014, Müller accompanied German President Joachim Gauck on a state visit to India – where they met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, among others – and to Myanmar.[5]

In October 2014, Müller co-chaired the Berlin Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation along with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres.[6] In November 2014, he and German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks hosted a conference which raised $10 billion for the Green Climate Fund’s projects to fight global warming.[7] During his term, the German government pledged €800 million (2016) and €1 billion (2019) in contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.[8]

In August 2015, Müller was part of Chancellor Merkel’s delegation to the first joint cabinet meeting of the governments of Germany and Brazil in Brasília.[9] In January 2016, he participated in the first joint cabinet meeting of the governments of Germany and Turkey in Berlin.[10]

Political positionsEdit

Human rights and developmentEdit

In April 2014, Müller became the first member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet to publicly confront world football's governing body FIFA over its allocation of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar, criticizing that the choice contradicted global efforts to tackle climate change and that human rights breaches on the country's stadium construction sites even extended to "slave labor."[11] Later that year, he publicly accused Qatar of funding Islamic State militants, arguing that the country was the "keyword" when it comes to IS financing.[12]

In June 2017, Müller voted against Germany’s introduction of same-sex marriage.[13]

International agricultureEdit

Müller is strongly in favor of extending subsidizing German agriculture for export, which he hopes will lessen the flow of refugees coming to Europe[2]

Relations to the African continentEdit

Müller has in the past voted in favor of German participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions as well as in United Nations-mandated European Union peacekeeping missions on the African continent, such as in Somalia – both Operation Atalanta and EUTM Somalia – (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018), Darfur/Sudan (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018), South Sudan (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), Mali (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) the Central African Republic (2014), and Liberia (2015). He abstained from the vote on extending the mandate for Mali in 2016.

During an official visit in 2019, Müller described the slaughter of some 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama tribespeople in Namibia between 1904 and 1908 as genocide, one of the most senior government members to use the term while compensation claims were under discussion.[14]

Other activitiesEdit

Corporate boardsEdit

  • KfW, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Supervisory Directors

International organizationsEdit

Non-profit organizationsEdit


Personal lifeEdit

Müller is Catholic and father of two children.


  1. ^ "Sängerknaben und Eunuchen". Der Spiegel (in German). 20 November 1989. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Augustin, Kersten (18 December 2013). "Nein, nicht DER Gerd Müller". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Stephan Wallace (28 April 2014), Commentary: Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) Washington, D.C.
  4. ^ Erste deutsch-chinesische Regierungskonsultationen Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, press release of June 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Anne Merholz (5 February 2014), Großes Staatsbankett für Gauck "Bild".
  6. ^ Supporting stability in the region: Syrian Refugee Conference in Berlin Federal Foreign Office, Berlin.
  7. ^ Stefan Nicola and Alex Morales (20 November 2014), UN Green Climate Fund Approaches $10 Billion in Pledges Bloomberg
  8. ^ Global Fund Donors Pledge Nearly $13 Billion to Help End Epidemics Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria], press release of 17 September 2016.
  9. ^ Thomas Vitzthum (August 20, 2015), Reise ins Land der begrenzten Möglichkeiten Die Welt.
  10. ^ Erste Deutsch-Türkische Regierungskonsultationen in Berlin Federal Government of Germany, press release of January 15, 2016.
  11. ^ Rethink Qatar 2022 World Cup, urges German cabinet minister Deutsche Welle, 6 April 2014.
  12. ^ Stephen Brown (17 September 2014), Emir assures Merkel Qatar doesn't fund extremists in Syria, Iraq Reuters.
  13. ^ Diese Unionsabgeordneten stimmten für die Ehe für alle Die Welt, June 30, 2017.
  14. ^ Madeline Chambers (September 2, 2019), German minister calls colonial-era killings in Namibia 'genocide' Reuters.
  15. ^ Members Joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee.
  16. ^ Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
  17. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.
  18. ^ Deutsche Rekordhilfen für WFP 2016 sichern Millionen Syrern das Überleben und investieren in eine Welt ohne Hunger World Food Programme, press release of 23 January 2017.

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