Norbert Schmelzer

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Norbert Schmelzer
Norbert Schmelzer 1971.jpg
Norbert Schmelzer in 1971
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
6 July 1971 – 11 May 1973
Prime Minister Barend Biesheuvel
Preceded by Joseph Luns
Succeeded by Max van der Stoel
Member of Senate
In office
11 May 1971 – 6 July 1971
Party leader of the Catholic People's Party
In office
7 December 1963 – 28 April 1971
Preceded by Wim de Kort
Succeeded by Frans Andriessen
Parliamentary leader of the Catholic People's Party in the House of Representatives
In office
7 December 1963 – 28 April 1971
Preceded by Wim de Kort
Succeeded by Frans Andriessen
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
2 July 1963 – 11 May 1971
State Secretary for General Affairs
In office
19 May 1959 – 24 July 1963
Prime Minister Jan de Quay
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Position abolished
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
20 March 1959 – 19 May 1959
State Secretary for Interior
In office
26 October 1956 – 19 May 1959
Prime Minister Willem Drees (1956–1958)
Louis Beel (1958–1959)
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Theo Bot
Personal details
Born Wilhelm Klaus Norbert Schmelzer
(1921-03-22)22 March 1921
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died 14 November 2008(2008-11-14) (aged 87)
Sankt Ingbert, Germany
Nationality Dutch
Political party Christian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Catholic People's Party
(1952–1980)
Spouse(s) Carla Mutsaerts
(m. 1950–1977; divorced)
Daphne Mary Nieuwenhuizen
(m. 1977–2008; his death)
Children 3 sons and 2 daughters
Alma mater Tilburg University (Master of Economics)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Religion Roman Catholicism

Wilhelm Klaus Norbert "Norbert" Schmelzer (22 March 1921 – 14 November 2008) was a Dutch politician of the defunct Catholic People's Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). Serving numerus positions in his career including Minister of Foreign Affairs from 6 July 1971 until 11 May 1973. In 1966 while serving as the parliamentary leader of the Catholic People's Party in the House of Representatives he proposed a Motion of no confidence against the Cabinet Cals and Prime Minister Jo Cals. A shocking and surprised action in Dutch politics, it marked the first time that a motion of no confidence was proposed against a cabinet of the same party. The Cabinet Cals resigned that evening.[1][2][3]

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) De Nacht van Schmelzer, Geschiedenis24, 15 October 2001
  2. ^ (Dutch) Kabinetscrisis 1966: de Nacht van Schmelzer, Parlement & Politiek, 24 December 2008
  3. ^ (Dutch) De Nacht van Schmelzer (1966), Histotheek.nl, 9 March 2010

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Wim de Kort
Party leader of the Catholic People's Party
1963–1971
Succeeded by
Frans Andriessen
Preceded by
Wim de Kort
Parliamentary leader of the Catholic People's Party
in the House of Representatives

1963–1971
Succeeded by
Frans Andriessen
Government offices
Preceded by
Position created
State Secretary for Interior
1956–1959
Succeeded by
Theo Bot
Preceded by
Position created
State Secretary for General Affairs
1959–1963
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Joseph Luns
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1971–1973
Succeeded by
Max van der Stoel