Klaus Kinkel

Klaus Kinkel ( born December 17, 1936 in Metzingen ) is a former German politician ( FDP) and lawyer. From 1979 to 1982 he was President of the Federal Intelligence Service, 1991-1992 Federal Minister of Justice, 1992-1998 Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1993 to 1998 and Deputy Chancellor. From 1993 to 1995 he was also national chairman of the FDP. He is now an independent lawyer in Sankt Augustin.

Life and career

Klaus Kinkel grew up in Hechingen. His father was an internist. After graduating in 1956, at the State High School Hechingen Kinkel graduated in law at the Universities of Tübingen and Bonn, which he finished in 1960 with the first state examination in law in Tübingen. After the traineeship at the Regional Court of Hechingen in 1965 was followed by the second legal state examination. In 1964 he was at the University of Cologne with the work of the doctrine of Popitz for the design of municipal financial equalization Dr. jur. doctorate. He then joined the Baden-Württemberg government and was until 1968 the District Office Balingen active. In 1968 he moved to the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Here he was 1970-1974 Personal Secretary to the Federal Minister Hans -Dietrich Genscher, most recently as Head of the Minister's Office.

After Genscher in 1974 to head the Foreign Office, Kinkel was head of the line rod and 1979 Head of the Policy Planning Staff here.

Since his retirement as Foreign Minister Kinkel 1998 has been a lawyer and committed, for example, as an ambassador for the Football World Cup 2006, the people with disabilities in Germany. In addition, he is active in numerous social projects for the needs of people with disabilities as well as an honorary Master of the Karlsruhe Chamber of Trade or in the field of education as chairman of the German Telecom Foundation in Bonn.

Kinkel is married and has three children. A daughter died in a car accident. Kinkel is a member of the Catholic Student Association AV for study days Guestfalia Tübingen in the CV.


Kinkel occurred in 1991 shortly after his appointment as Minister of FDP. From 11 June 1993 to 10 June 1995 he was National Chairman of the FDP. In his tenure as Federal Chairman fell 14 elections in which the FDP suffered significant losses; so she missed at twelve state elections to enter parliament. Kinkel therefore occurred after the expiration of his term of office in 1995 to no more than national chairman; and was succeeded by Wolfgang Gerhardt.

Member of Parliament

From 1994 to 2002 he was a member of the German Bundestag. Here he was from 1998 to 2002 Deputy Chairman of the FDP parliamentary group. Kinkel is always drawn on a state list of Baden-Württemberg in the German Bundestag.

Public offices

From 1979 to 1982 he was President of the Federal Intelligence Service. In October 1982, he was appointed State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Justice. After the parliamentary election in 1990, he was appointed as Minister of Justice in the run of Chancellor Helmut Kohl Federal Government on 18 January 1991.

Following the resignation of Hans -Dietrich Genscher, he was appointed on 18 May 1992 to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In January 1993, the then Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Jürgen Möllemann resigned from his post, Kinkel was on 21 January 1993 in addition Deputy Chancellor. In 1993, he summed up the challenges of German domestic and foreign policy as follows: "Two tasks have to be mastered in parallel: Inside we have become a nation again, it is out to accomplish something we have twice failed before: in finding consistent with our neighbors to a role that corresponds to our wishes and our potential. The return to normalcy inside as the outside corresponds to a deep desire of our population since the war. She is now also necessary if we are to be respected in the international community. [ ... ] Our citizens have realized that the time of the state of emergency is over. "

After the 1998 election and the concomitant change of government Kinkel retired from the Federal Government on 26 October 1998.

Social commitment

  • Klaus Kinkel is chairman of the Deutsche Telekom Foundation
  • He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bundesliga Foundation
  • Klaus Kinkel is Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the German Football Association Sepp Herberger Foundation
  • Klaus Kinkel is an honorary member of the "Liberal Turkish - German Association " (LTD )
  • Member of the Board of the German Society for the United Nations.



  • Cabinet Kohl IV - Cabinet Kohl V

Publications (selection)

  • Exciting times for Europe! In: Caroline Y. Robertson -von Trotha (eds): Europe in the world - the world in Europe. ( Interdisciplinary cultural studies, vol 1). Nomos, Baden -Baden 2006, ISBN 3-8329-1934-1.