Christian Schmidt is new Agriculture Minister


Christian Schmidt has been named by the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union (CDU), as Germany’s new Minister of Agriculture.

He replaces Hans-Peter Friedrich who resigned on Friday. Schmidt has been the Parliamentary State Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development up to now and he will be replaced in that role by Thomas Silberhorn.

Schmidt (56) entered the Bundestag in 1990 and is a lawyer by profession. He started his political life as a local councillor before entering parliament. He has held a number of party positions, especially around defence and foreign affairs issues and between 2005 and 2013 he was Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Defence. He took up his Economic Cooperation and development role in December 2013 following the general election.

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