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Norbert Barthle (born 1 February 1952) is a German politician and member of the CDU.[1] Barthle has been a member of the Bundestag since 1998, representing Backnang – Schwäbisch Gmünd.

Norbert Barthle
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Member of the Bundestag
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1953-02-01) 1 February 1953 (age 66)
Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political partyCDU
Alma materUniversity of Tübingen

Professional careerEdit

Between 1992 and 1998, Barthle worked as press spokesperson at the State Ministry for Education, Youth and Sports of Baden-Württemberg, under the leadership of successive ministers Marianne Schultz-Hector and Annette Schavan.

Political careerEdit

Barthle has been a member of the German Bundestag since the 1998 national elections. He served on the Budget Committee and its Sub-Committee on the European Union from 2002 until 2015. In addition, he was a member of the Audit Committee from 2002 until 2005. Between 2013 and 2015, he was a member of the so-called Confidential Committee (Vertrauensgremium) of the Budget Committee, which provides budgetary supervision for Germany’s three intelligence services, BND, BfV and MAD.

Within his CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Barthle served as spokesperson on budgetary affairs between 2009 and 2015. He is also the deputy chairman of the Bundestag group of CDU parliamentarians from Baden-Württemberg, one of the largest delegations within the CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of the Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) following the 2013 federal elections, Barthle was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on financial policies and the national budget, led by Wolfgang Schäuble and Olaf Scholz.

In July 2014, Barthle was part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s delegation on a state visit to China.[2]

From late 2015 until 2018, Barthle served as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) under minister Alexander Dobrindt, in the third cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel. He succeeded Katherina Reiche. As Parliamentary Secretary, he oversaw the ministry’s budget and its activities on aviation policy.[3]

With the formation of the fourth Grand Coalition under Merkel in 2018, it was announced that Barthle would move to the position of Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development under Minister Gerd Müller.[4][5] In this capacity, he also serves as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Personal Envoy to the German-Greek Assembly (DGV).

Other activitiesEdit

International organizationsEdit

Corporate boardsEdit

  • German Investment Corporation (DEG), Ex-Officio Chairman of the Supervisory Board (since 2018)[9]
  • Kreissparkasse Ostalb, Member of the Supervisory Board (since 2009)
  • Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), Ex-Officio Chairman of the Advisory Board (2015-2018)
  • KfW, Member of the Board of Supervisory Directors (2011-2015)

Non-profit organizationsEdit

  • Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (AIREG), Member of the Advisory Board[10]
  • International Federation of Snowsport Instructors (IFSI), President[11]
  • SG Sonnenhof Großaspach, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Kuratorium Sport & Natur, Deputy Chairman of the Board (until 2015)[12]
  • Freiburger Kreis, Member of the Advisory Board (1999-2003)

Political positionsEdit

During his time on the Budget Committee, Barthle was a proponent of the Merkel government’s policy to refrain from any net new borrowing and instead focus all efforts on achieving a structurally balanced national budget.[13][14]

In June 2017, Barthle voted against Germany’s introduction of same-sex marriage.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Barthle is married and has two sons. The family lives in Schwäbisch Gmünd’s Lindach district.[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands, Retrieved on 30 July 2009
  2. ^ Merkel in China Kanzlerin in Peking eingetroffen Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Norbert Barthle neuer Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), press release of November 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Norbert Wallet (March 11, 2018), Parlamentarische Staatssekretäre: Bareiß und Bilger neu in Bundesregierung Stuttgarter Zeitung.
  5. ^ Andrea Pauly and Katja Korf (March 11, 2018), [1] Schwäbische Zeitung.
  6. ^ Board of Governors Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  7. ^ Board of Governors Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC).
  8. ^ Leadership Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.
  9. ^ Supervisory Board German Investment Corporation (DEG).
  10. ^ Executive Board and the Advisory Board Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (AIREG).
  11. ^ Committee International Federation of Snowsport Instructors (IFSI).
  12. ^ Martin Tschepe (August 28, 2017) Der Staatssekretär und sein Pensionsbescheid Stuttgarter Zeitung.
  13. ^ Matthias Sobolewski (November 9, 2012), Germany plans limit on 2013 borrowing to reach balanced budget Reuters.
  14. ^ Matthias Sobolewski (September 2, 2014), Germany's zero new debt target for 2015 not yet secure -lawmaker Reuters.
  15. ^ Diese Unionsabgeordneten stimmten für die Ehe für alle Die Welt, June 30, 2017.
  16. ^ Richard Färber (September 19, 2013) Norbert Barthle kämpft gegen Rot-Rot-Grün und für eine seriöse Haushaltspolitik Südwest Presse.

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