Cornelia Pieper

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Cornelia Pieper
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Member of the Bundestag
Incumbent
Assumed office
1998
Personal details
Born (1959-02-04) February 4, 1959 (age 55)
Halle, Saxony-Anhalt
Nationality  Germany
Political party Free Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Leipzig
Profession translator
Website www.cornelia-pieper.de

Cornelia Pieper (born February 4, 1959 in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, née Richter) is a German politician of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). She most recently served as Minister of State at the Foreign Office under Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in the Second Cabinet Merkel (since 28 October 2009). She was secretary general of her party from 2001 to 2005. Since 2005, she has been deputy chairwoman of the FDP.

Background[edit]

Pieper was born in Halle in the former German Democratic Republic. After her Abitur she studied Polish and Russian in Leipzig and Warsaw. She finished in 1982 with a Diplom. She worked as an interpreter in the tourism and cultural sector until 1985 after which she was employed in the IT department at a television production company in Halle.[1] Since 1996 she has worked as a freelance translator. She was also the co-founder, first chairwoman and is now a member of the board of trustees of the Erhard Hübener Foundation in Saxony-Anhalt.[2]

Party career[edit]

From 1987 to 1990 Pieper was engaged at the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany. In 1990 she joined the FDP and since that time she has been a member of the party's executive board in the State of Saxony-Anhalt. In 1995 she became chairwoman of the FDP in Saxony-Anhalt, what she still is today. She has also been a member of the federal executive board since 1993. From 1997 to 2001 she was deputy chairwoman of the federal FDP. A close political ally of Guido Westerwelle, she supported him from 2001 to 2005 as the party's secretary general. In May 2005 Pieper once again was elected deputy chairwoman of the FDP.

Parliamentary career[edit]

From 1990 to 1994 Pieper was a member of the Landtag in Saxony-Anhalt.

In 1998 Pieper was for the first time elected into the Bundestag. There she was deputy chairwoman of the FDP's parliamentary group from 1998 to 2001.

Pieper was elected top candidate of the FDP for the State elections in Saxony-Anhalt 2002.The party gained 13,3% of the votes. That was a satisfactory result, since the FDP hadn't even gained the necessary 5% at the previous State elections in 1998. Therefore Pieper was one more time elected into the Landtag.

Pieper served as a member of the Bundestag again from 2002 to 2013. Between October 1997 and June 2001 she was the deputy chairwoman of the FDP parliamentary group and was group’s spokesperson on research policy. She was the chairwoman of the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment from February to October 2005 and then as deputy chairwoman from November 2005 to October 2009.[3]

From 2009 to 2013, Pieper served as the Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, responsible for cultural relations and education policy. During her time in office, she publicly criticised Russia’s human rights policy, particularly after the arrest of members of the protest group Pussy Riot. In an 2012 interview with Deutsche Welle, she commented: "There is no freedom of speech, freedom of opinion or freedom of the arts and culture in Russia. It makes me queasy to look at the developments currently happening in Russia."[4]

In 2014, Pieper was nominated as German consul general in Gdansk, Poland.[5]

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