Federal Minister for Special Affairs of Germany

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A Federal Minister for Special Affairs (Bundesminister für besondere Aufgaben) is a member of the german government without portfolio.

The title is often given to the Chief of staff of the Chancellery to provide him with a vote in cabinet meetings. Historically, appointees have been important political aides or politicians waiting for a portfolio or representatives of certain parties, groups or regions. For instance, after German reunification in 1990 some members of the former Government of the GDR were appointed as Federal Ministers for Special Affairs, in order to provide a representation of the new east german states in the federal government.

List of Federal Ministers for Special Affairs[edit]