Hans Apel

Hans Eberhard Apel ( born February 25, 1932 in Hamburg, † September 6, 2011 ) was a German politician of the SPD. Apel was 1972-1974 Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, 1974-1978 Minister of Finance and from 1978 to 1982 Minister of Defence.


Apel's mother died in 1946. During the same year, his father returned from captivity.

After graduation in 1951 at the high school Uhlenhorst - Barmbek in Hamburg Apel completed an apprenticeship as an import and export merchant and then in 1954 to study economics at the University of Hamburg. In 1961 he was there with the work on Edwin Cannan Dr. rer. pol. doctorate ( " Edwin Cannan and his students. The Neuliberalen at the London School of Economics ").

From 1958 to 1961 Apel was secretary of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. From 1962, he was then an official at the European Parliament, where he served as department head responsible for the economic and financial policy and transport policy.

Apel saw themselves as representatives of the people and was aware of the phone book. He was proud to have made 10,000 home visits. As a supporter of the line of Chancellor Schmidt and the NATO Double-Track Decision, he was attacked and pelted with tomatoes at the Church in 1981.

1990 retired from Apel after 25 years from the Bundestag and retired from active politics. He volunteered as an honorary professor at the University of Rostock and was commissioned by the Trust Chairman of the Combine Schwarze Pumpe and 1994, the EKO -Stahl. Their " settlement " by the federal government and the trust he looked at as a dark spot reunification. In 1991 he published the book The deformed democracy, in which he reported using party rule and clannish. In the 1994 book, The sick Colossus: Europe - Reform or crisis, he took the then European Community as " an expensive illusion " targeted. In 2010 he published his autobiography, Hans, you 'll do it

Apel was still a schoolboy ardent supporter of the Hamburg soccer club FC St. Pauli and since 1947 a member. From 1988 to 1991 he was Vice President and 1997-1998 Chairman of the Board of the Association.

Hans Apel, who lived in Hamburg- folk village, was married since 1956, father of two daughters, and four-time grandfather. In 2011, he died after two years of illness in a Hamburg hospital and is buried in the main cemetery Ohlsdorf.


Since 1955, Apel was a member of the SPD, where it was attributed to the conservative wing. From 1970 to 1988 he served on the national board of his party from 1984 to 1986, he was also a member of the Bureau. In 1985, he became the leading candidate of the Berlin SPD in elections to the House of Representatives for the office of mayor of Berlin, but could not prevail against the incumbent Eberhard Diepgen.

Member of Parliament

Apel was from 1965 to 1990 Member of the German Bundestag from 1965 to 1970 and was also the European Parliament to. He was from 1969 to 1972 and again from 1983 until September 5, 1988 Deputy Chairman of the SPD Parliamentary Group. From 1969 to 1972 he was also Chairman of the Committee on Transport and Posts and Telecommunications.

Hans Apel is otherwise always pulled 1987 on the state list of Hamburg and as a directly elected representative of the constituency Hamburg- Nord I respectively since 1980 the constituency Hamburg-Nord in the Bundestag.

Public offices

1972 Apel was Parliamentary Secretary for European Affairs at the Foreign Office. On 16 May 1974 he was appointed as Minister of Finance in the run by Chancellor Helmut Schmidt federal government. After the reshuffle in the spring of 1978, he took over from the 16th February 1978, the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Defence. After the election of Helmut Kohl as Chancellor he retired from the Federal Government on 1 October 1982.


In 1992 Hans Apel was appointed Honorary Professor in the Department of Economics of the University of Rostock.

2004 through his Church collection to the Bible and commitment in Bavaria ( KSBB ) of the Walter Künneth Prize was awarded. Named after the Erlangen theologians Prize Apel in particular because of his book People's Church without a people, in which he opposes what it considers to escalating modernism in the evangelical church. Apel himself had occurred in 1999 for this reason from the North Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church and in the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Works (selection)

  • I thought, ' Animal House. (Hans Apel and Volker Brede Hill), 1984.
  • The descent. Political Diary 1978-1988. In 1990.
  • The deformed democracy. In 1991.
  • The sick giant. Europe - Reform or crisis. In 1994.
  • State without measure. Fiscal policy in the impasse. In 1997.
  • Destroyed illusions. My East German years., 2000.
  • National church without people. The decline of the national churches. , 2003.
  • Europe without a soul. Well, casting 2007, ISBN 978-3-7655-1952-9.
  • Hans, you do that! Memoirs. Well, casting 2010, ISBN 978-3-7655-1793-8.