|Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces|
|Assumed office |
21 May 2015
|President||Norbert Lammert |
|Preceded by||Hellmut Königshaus|
|Member of the Bundestag |
27 September 1998 – 20 May 2015
|Preceded by||Norbert Gansel|
|Succeeded by||Karin Thissen|
|Born||7 May 1961|
Düsseldorf, West Germany
|Alma mater||University 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.
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.
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.“
Relations with the African continent
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.
- 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)
- Members of the Commission for Fundamental Values of the Executive Committee Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine Social Democratic Party of Germany.
- Justin Huggler and Henry Samuel (November 19, 2015), Germany could send troops into streets for first time since war Daily Telegraph.
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