Manfred Stolpe

Manfred Stolpe ( born May 16, 1936 in Szczecin ) is a German politician ( SPD).

He was from 1990 to 2002 Minister President of Brandenburg and 2002-2005 Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Housing.


After graduating from high school in 1955 in Greifswald Stolpe started studying law at the University of Jena, which he finished in 1959 with the completion of graduate lawyer. From 1959 until the Wall in 1961 he was a visiting student at the Free University of Berlin.

Ecclesiastical career

Stolpe was from 1959 to 1969 worked with the Evangelical Church of Berlin- Brandenburg, from 1962. As head of the office of the Evangelical church leaders in the GDR, 1963-1966 and Speaker of the loud - Neumark General Superintendent Günter Jacob From 1969 to 1981 he was then head of the Secretariat of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in the GDR. As of January 1982, he was Konsistorialpräsident the eastern region of the Evangelical Church of Berlin- Brandenburg. From 1982 to 1989, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Federation of the Evangelical Churches in the GDR.

Public offices after the turn

From 1 November 1990 to 26 June 2002, he was Minister President of Brandenburg. As a member of parliament, he represented the same constituency Cottbus with a direct mandate. In summer 2002, he entered in favor of Matthias Platzeck back as prime minister. One of the reasons for his resignation was the coalition crisis of the Great Coalition in Brandenburg as a result of a vote in the Bundesrat on the Immigration Act: Stolpe had voted "yes", the deputy prime minister and interior minister of Brandenburg (CDU ), however, with "no". The vote was inconsistent by Federal President Klaus Wowereit (SPD ) considered as agreement. This decision was annulled by the Constitutional Court, six months after Stolpe's resignation as Prime Minister as fundamentally illegal. Stolpe, leaving the country with significant state funds sponsored and ultimately failed investment Ruins Cargo Lifter and chip factory in Frankfurt (Oder ) and the Euro Speedway Lausitz uneconomic.

After the parliamentary election in 2002, he was appointed on 22 October 2002 as Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Housing in led by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder government. In his position as Minister of Transport, the name of Manfred Stolpe is closely linked to the failed launch attempt of a truck toll in Germany on 31 August 2003. The controversial agreements were negotiated and signed by his predecessor Kurt Bodewig. Stolpe was accused of several pages incomprehensible indulgent attitude towards the contractors Toll Collect. The CDU called for in connection with the failed introduction of tolls and the unforeseen billion loss for the public finances from the autumn of 2003 his resignation as Minister.

The adopted during his tenure Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2003 for the period 2001 to 2015 bears his signature ( he was convinced of the EU - South integration) and is characterized by enlargement of the EU 2004: first advanced the development of East-West transport axes or - highways to the Czech Republic and Poland in the focus of planning.

After the parliamentary election in 2005 - it led to a change of government and a large coalition - different Stolpe on 22 November 2005 from the Office. His successor as Minister of Transport, Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD ), the Gerhard Schröder was appointed to this office in 2002.


Contacts with the Ministry of State Security

During his time in the church leadership in the GDR had Stolpe regular contact with the Ministry of State Security. According to his own testimony, all these contacts were in the interests and purposes of the church members; Critics, however, say he had betrayed the church internals and information from the GDR opposition. Opposition parties of the GDR were convinced that Stolpe collaborated with the Stasi. The realization of leave requests they brought in connection with his name. His activities were and are controversial. Some allegations are considered to be unfounded. Critics say he has certainly received the Medal of Merit of the GDR in a safe house state security " not without reason " in 1978.

In his tenure as Prime Minister of Brandenburg, there was a dispute with the Gauck authority. The Administrative Court of Berlin decided on 3 June 1993 that Joachim Gauck not be longer claim mistake would have been an important unofficial member of the East German secret police. However, the Court rejected the demand Stolpe, Gauck to ban all far -judgmental remarks about Stolpe.

The Birthler authority put 2003 over 1200 pages dossier aka Manfred Stolpe IM " secretary " before. So she grabbed first time a sitting Federal Minister.

The Federal Constitutional Court ( Az: 1BvR 1696/98 ) decided in October 2005 as part of an annulment of a judgment of the Federal Court from the year 1998 that a name Stolpe, a former Stasi employees or " informer " was not permissible. The Stasi Records Authority makes reference to them promptly, that the judgment merely " an expression of the political controversy " refer to and reaffirmed that mistake - as was noted in a report from the year 1992 - regardless of the fact whether he ever as employees had been recruited, had been performed as IM " secretary " and over 20 years as " an important IM in the Protestant Church of the East " in the files of the secret police. Later finds files, most recently in 2003 would have further substantiated this review. According to his own testimony, Manfred Stolpe has knowingly harmed anyone by his contacts with the Stasi.

2011 was a created for the Enquete Commission of the Brandenburg state parliament opinion on the conclusion that Stolpe between 1990 and 1994 his seat in Parliament because Stasi contacts would need to return. This view was however controversially discussed in the meeting of the commission of inquiry and partially rejected.


Since 1990, Stolpe is a member of the SPD. From 1991 to 2002 he was a member of the SPD Federal Executive.

Mostly positively assessed the German business press that he initiated urban renewal program. It allows shrinking municipalities remodeling and demolition of entire urban areas to prevent the Slumbildung.



Manfred Stolpe is married to the now-retired doctor Ingrid Stolpe since 1961. In April 2009 it was announced that mistake was ill during his tenure as Minister of Transport from colon cancer in 2004.

After the parliamentary elections in 2005, he left office. In 2008, he again had to be operated on for metastatic to the liver.

The Stolpe have spoken in people with Maischberger (ARD) open about her cancer and wrote a book about it. Ingrid Stolpe became ill in 2008 from breast cancer.


  • Give people hope. Speeches essays, interviews of twelve years. Wichern -Verlag, Berlin, 1991, ISBN 3-88981-051-9.
  • Difficult departure. Wolf Jobst Siedler Verlag, Berlin 1992, ISBN 3-88680-435-6; Settlers book Goldmann 12847, ISBN 3-442-12847-1.
  • Democracy dare - Dawn of Brandenburg. Speeches, articles, interviews from 1990 to 1993. With a contribution by Iring Fetscherplatz and a foreword by Regine Hildebrandt. Stoke Press Verlag, Berlin 1994, ISBN 3-89472-096-4.
  • Seven years, seven bridges. A look back in the future. Wolf Jobst Siedler Verlag, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-88680-626- X.