Torsten Albig

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Torsten Albig
Ministerpräsident a. D.
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Albig in 2021, out of office
Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein
In office
12 June 2012 – 28 June 2017
DeputyRobert Habeck
Preceded byPeter Harry Carstensen
Succeeded byDaniel Günther
Lord Mayor of Kiel
In office
11 June 2009 – 6 May 2012
Preceded byAngelika Volquartz
Succeeded bySusanne Gaschke
Member of the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein
In office
5 June 2012 – 6 June 2017
Preceded byRalf Stegner
Succeeded byTobias von Pein
ConstituencySocial Democratic List
Personal details
Born (1963-05-25) 25 May 1963 (age 60)
Bremen, West Germany
Nationality Germany
Political partySocial Democratic Party (SPD) (1982-)
ProfessionCivil servant

Torsten Albig (born 25 May 1963) is a German politician from the Social Democratic Party of Germany. From 2012 until 2017 he served as the 13th Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein.

Early life and education[edit]

Albig grew up in Ostholstein and Bielefeld. After graduating from high school in 1982, he first studied history and social sciences at the University of Bielefeld but later changed to law.

Political career[edit]

Lord Mayor of Kiel, 2009–2012[edit]

From 2009 to 2012 Albig was the Lord Mayor of Kiel, the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein.

Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein, 2012–2017[edit]

Torsten Albig was appointed candidate for Minister-President, representing his party, the SPD, in 2011 after a member's decision. At the election in 2012, the SPD achieved 30.4% of the votes, not enough to beat the ruling CDU that got 30.8% of the popular vote. Both the SPD and CDU achieved 22 seats each, and the election result made it possible for Albig to form a coalition government with the participation of the Green Party and the SSW, which is a regional party representing the Danish and Frisian minorities. The three parties had a narrow majority in the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein with 35 of 69 seats. At the appointment in parliament though, he got 37 of 69 possible votes. The new-formed government of Schleswig-Holstein consisting of the SPD, The Green Party and the SSW had never been seen before in German history.[1]

Albig succeeded Peter Harry Carstensen in the position as Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein.

Albig served as an SPD delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2012[2] and 2017. Together with Doris Ahnen, Martin Dulig, Heiko Maas and Manuela Schwesig, he co-chaired the SPD’s national convention in Leipzig in 2013.[3]

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 federal elections, Albig was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on transport, building and infrastructure, led by Peter Ramsauer and Florian Pronold.

In 2015, Albig – alongside First Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz – negotiated a restructuring deal with the European Commission that allowed the German regional lender HSH Nordbank to offload 6.2 billion euros in troubled assets – mainly non-performing ship loans – onto its government majority owners and avoid being shut down, saving around 2,500 jobs.[4]

Life after politics[edit]

Since 2018, Albig has been serving as Vice President Corporate Representation of Deutsche Post in Brussels.[5]

Other activities[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Albig is married and has two children.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dänen-Ampel steht – Albig regiert in Kiel". Die Welt (in German). 12 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. ^ Ordentliche Mitglieder der 15. Bundesversammlung Bundestag.
  3. ^ Protokoll des Bundesparteitages 2013, Leipzig Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
  4. ^ Arno Schuetze and Foo Yun Chee (May 27, 2015), HSH Nordbank strikes rescue deal with EU Reuters.
  5. ^ Ulrich Exner (December 6, 2007), Warum für Albig sein eigenes Gesetz nicht gilt Die Welt.
  6. ^ Board of Trustees Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
  7. ^ "Kabinett - SPD Schleswig-Holstein". SPD-Landesverband Schleswig-Holstein (in German). 6 June 2012. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.

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Preceded by Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein
12 June 2012 – 28 June 2017
Succeeded by
Preceded by Mayor of Kiel
11 June 2009 – 6 May 2012
Succeeded by