Hans-Peter Bartels

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Hans-Peter Bartels
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Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces
Assumed office
21 May 2015
PresidentNorbert Lammert
Wolfgang Schäuble
Preceded byHellmut Königshaus
Member of the Bundestag
for Kiel
In office
27 September 1998 – 20 May 2015
Preceded byNorbert Gansel
Succeeded byKarin Thissen
Personal details
Born (1961-05-07) 7 May 1961 (age 58)
Düsseldorf, West Germany
Political partySPD
Spouse(s)Susanne Gaschke
Alma materUniversity of Kiel

Hans-Peter Bartels (born 7 May 1961) is a German politician of the SPD who served as member of the Bundestag for Kiel. In 2015, he succeeded Hellmut Königshaus as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces.

Political career[edit]

Bartels has been a member of the German Bundestag since the 1998 federal election. He has since been serving on the Defence Committee. In addition, he was a member of the Committee on Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth between 1998 and 2002.

During his tenure as Member of the German Bundestag, Bartels was a member of the Defence Committee. He currently serves as advisory member of the Commission for Fundamental Values of the Executive Committee of the SPD, a body led by Gesine Schwan.[1]

Political positions[edit]

Domestic security[edit]

Bartels has in the past opposed proposals to use the armed force in the event of coordinated terror attacks on a German city, arguing that “police tasks are not the military’s responsibility.“[2]

Relations with the African continent[edit]

Bartels 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 (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014) and EUTM Somalia (2015) –, Darfur/Sudan (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), South Sudan (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), Mali – both EUTM Mali (2014 and 2015) and MINUSMA (2013 and 2014) –, and the Central African Republic (2014). In 2013, he abstained from the votes on extending the mandate for participation in EUTM Somalia and EUTM Mali, and he voted against the participation in Operation Atalanta in 2012.

Other activities[edit]

  • Berliner Republik, Co-Editor
  • German Maritime Academy (DMA), Member of the Advisory Board
  • German Seaman’s Mission (DSM), Member
  • Federal Agency for Civic Education, Member of the Board of Trustees (2002-2005)


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