|Minister of Labour and Social Affairs|
17 December 2013
|Preceded by||Ursula von der Leyen|
|Secretary-General of the Social Democratic Party|
13 November 2009 – 26 January 2014
|Preceded by||Hubertus Heil|
|Succeeded by||Yasmin Fahimi|
20 June 1970 |
Mendig, West Germany
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Bonn|
Andrea Maria Nahles (born 20 June 1970 in Mendig, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a German politician, currently Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (since 2013), a Bundestag representative for the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and former SPD Youth leader. She is known within the party for criticising Gerhard Schröder's Agenda 2010 and is thus identified with the SPD's left wing.
Nahles was elected as the SPD's secretary general in November 2009 at the party congress held in Dresden. She succeeded Hubertus Heil in the position, and she will be working with new party chairman Sigmar Gabriel.
Education and career
Nahles finished high school (Abitur) through a continuing education program in 1989. She obtained an MA after studying politics, philosophy and German studies at the University of Bonn for 20 semesters (10 years), during which time she was an assistant to a member of parliament. Since 2004, she is pursuing a doctorate in Germanistics. The title of her dissertation is Walter Scotts Einfluss auf die Entwicklung des historischen Romans in Deutschland (Walter Scott's influence on the development of the historical novel in Germany).
In 1988, she joined the SPD. Shortly after, she was the youth representative for the constituency of Mayen-Koblenz. From 1993 to 1995 she was the youth representative for Rheinland-Pfalz. In 1995 she became the national youth representative, following Thomas Westphal, a post she held until 1999. Since 1997 she has been a member of the SPD executive.
On 31 October 2005, she was voted the SPD's general secretary, defeating Kajo Wasserhövel, the favoured man from the conservative side of the party. Wasserhövel's defeat prompted Franz Müntefering to declare that he no longer feels he has the confidence of the party and will step down. As a result, Nahles refused to accept the position of general secretary.
- Haferkamp, Lars (2009-11-15). "Gabriel mit SPD-Parteitag hoch zufrieden". Vorwärts.
- "New SPD leaders flag fresh tax approach". The Local. 2009-11-15.
- SPD-Generalsekretärin bringt Tochter zur Welt, Spiegel Online, 18.01.2011
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|Party political offices|
|Secretary-General of the Social Democratic Party
Ursula von der Leyen
|Minister of Labour and Social Affairs