Egon Bahr

Egon Karl-Heinz Bahr (German pronunciation: [ˈeːɡɔn kaʁlˈhaɪnts ˈbaːɐ̯]; 18 March 1922 19 August 2015) was a German SPD politician.[1]

Egon Bahr
Bahr in 1969
Minister for Economic Cooperation
In office
8 July 1974  14 December 1976
Preceded byErhard Eppler
Succeeded byMarie Schlei
Federal Minister for Special Affairs of Germany
In office
1972–1974
Secretary of State in the Federal Chancellery
In office
1969–1972
Preceded byCarl Krautwig
Succeeded byDietrich Spangenberg
Member of the Bundestag
In office
1972–1990
Personal details
Born
Egon Karl-Heinz Bahr

(1922-03-18)18 March 1922
Treffurt, Province of Saxony, Prussia, Weimar Republic
Died19 August 2015(2015-08-19) (aged 93)
Berlin, Germany
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Germany (1956–2015)
Spouse(s)
Dorothea Grob
(m. 19452011)

Adelheid Bonnemann-Böhner
(m. 2011)
Children3
OccupationPolitician, statesman, journalist
Military service
Allegiance Germany
Branch/service Luftwaffe
Years of service1942–1944
RankFahnenjunker
UnitLuftkriegsschule VI
Battles/warsWorld War II

The former journalist was the creator of the Ostpolitik promoted by West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, for whom he served as Secretary of State in the German Chancellery from 1969 until 1972. Between 1972 and 1990 he was an MP in the Bundestag of the Federal Republic of Germany and from 1972 until 1976 was also a Minister of the Federal Government.

Bahr was a key figure in multiple negotiation sessions between not only East and West Germany, but also West Germany and the Soviet Union. In addition to his instrumental role in Ostpolitik, Bahr was also an influential voice in negotiating the Treaty of Moscow, the Treaty of Warsaw, the Transit Treaty of 1971, and the Basic Treaty of 1972.


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