Ministry for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia


Wieczorek-ZeulHeidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul was appointed Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in October 1998. From 1961 to 1965, she earned her teaching certification in the subjects of English and History at the University of Frankfurt am Main. She then worked as a teacher at the Friedrich-Ebert School in Rüsselsheim from 1965 to 1974. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in 1965 and began her political career in 1968 as a city councillor in Rüsselsheim. In 1972 she became a member of the district parliament in Gross-Gerau, from 1974 to 1977 she was national chairperson of the Young Socialists and from 1977 to 1979 chaired the "Coordinating Office of European Youth Organisations". Before being elected to the German Bundestag, she served as a member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1987. From 1987 to 1998 she was the speaker for European policy of the SPD Bundestag faction, and held the post of chairperson of the South Hesse district SPD from 1988 to 1999. She also served as vice-chairperson of the national SPD from 1993 to 2005.

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