Get Our Extension

Nikolas Löbel

From Wikipedia, in a visual modern way
Nikolas Löbel
Nikolas Löbel, MdB.jpg
Löbel in 2018
Member of the Bundestag
for Baden-Württemberg
In office
24 October 2017 – 10 March 2021
Preceded byEgon Jüttner
Succeeded byKordula Kovac
ConstituencyMannheim
Personal details
Born (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 36)
Mannheim, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political partyCDU
Alma materSteinbeis-Hochschule Berlin

Nikolas Löbel (born 17 May 1986) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who served as a member of the Bundestag from the state of Baden-Württemberg from 2017 to 2021. He resigned in March 2021.[1]

Political career

In 2012, Löbel was a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany.

Löbel became a member of the Bundestag after the 2017 German federal election, representing the Mannheim district.[2] In parliament, he served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.[3] In this capacity, he was his parliamentary group's rapporteur on the European Union's Eastern Partnership.

In March 2021, Der Spiegel revealed that a company Löbel owned had earned a €250,000 commission by acting as a middleman between a mask supplier in Baden-Württemberg and two private, China related companies in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. Facing public pressure, he subsequently resigned from his parliamentary seat and announced that he was retiring from politics.[4][5]

Discover more about Political career related topics

Federal Convention (Germany)

Federal Convention (Germany)

The Federal Convention, also known as the Federal Assembly, is, together with the Joint Committee, one of two non-standing constitutional bodies in the federal institutional system of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is convened solely for the purpose of electing the President of Germany, either every five years or within 30 days of the premature termination of a presidential term. The Federal Convention consists of all members of the German federal parliament (Bundestag) and the same number of delegates from the 16 federated states. Those delegates are elected by the state parliaments for this purpose only.

President of Germany

President of Germany

The president of Germany, officially the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany, is the head of state of Germany.

2017 German federal election

2017 German federal election

Federal elections were held in Germany on 24 September 2017 to elect the members of the 19th Bundestag. At stake were at least 598 seats in the Bundestag, as well as 111 overhang and leveling seats determined thereafter.

Mannheim (electoral district)

Mannheim (electoral district)

Mannheim is an electoral constituency represented in the Bundestag. It elects one member via first-past-the-post voting. Under the current constituency numbering system, it is designated as constituency 275. It is located in northwestern Baden-Württemberg, comprising the city of Mannheim.

Rapporteur

Rapporteur

A rapporteur is a person who is appointed by an organization to report on the proceedings of its meetings. The term is a French-derived word.

European Union

European Union

The European Union (EU) is a supranational political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The union has a total area of 4,233,255.3 km2 (1,634,469.0 sq mi) and an estimated total population of about 447 million. The EU has often been described as a sui generis political entity combining the characteristics of both a federation and a confederation.

Eastern Partnership

Eastern Partnership

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative of the European External Action Service of the European Union (EU) together with the EU, its member states, and six Eastern European partners governing the EU's relationship with the post-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The EaP is intended to provide a forum for discussions regarding trade, economic strategy, travel agreements, and other issues between the EU and its Eastern European neighbours. It also aims at building a common area of shared values of democracy, prosperity, stability, and increased cooperation. The project was initiated by Poland and a subsequent proposal was prepared in co-operation with Sweden. It was presented by the foreign ministers of Poland and Sweden at the EU's General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 26 May 2008. The Eastern Partnership was inaugurated by the European Union in Prague, Czech Republic on 7 May 2009.

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel is a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg. With a weekly circulation of 695,100 copies, it was the largest such publication in Europe in 2011. It was founded in 1947 by John Seymour Chaloner, a British army officer, and Rudolf Augstein, a former Wehrmacht radio operator who was recognized in 2000 by the International Press Institute as one of the fifty World Press Freedom Heroes. Typically, the magazine has a content to advertising ratio of 2:1.

COVID-19 pandemic in Germany

COVID-19 pandemic in Germany

The COVID-19 pandemic in Germany has resulted in 35,571,131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 153,544 deaths.

Other activities

  • Sparkasse Rhein Neckar Nord, Member of the supervisory board (2017 to 2021)

Political positions

Following the 2016 Baden-Württemberg state election, Löbel supported the formation of a coalition government of the Green Party and the Christian Democrats under Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann, the first state-level government of the two parties to be headed by a member of the Green Party in German history.[6]

Ahead of the Christian Democrats' leadership election in 2021, Löbel publicly endorsed Jens Spahn to succeed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as the party's chair.[7]

Discover more about Political positions related topics

2016 Baden-Württemberg state election

2016 Baden-Württemberg state election

The 2016 Baden-Württemberg state election was held on 13 March 2016 to elect the members of the 15th Landtag of Baden-Württemberg. The incumbent government of The Greens and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann lost its majority.

Coalition government

Coalition government

A coalition government is a form of government in which political parties cooperate to form a government. The usual reason for such an arrangement is that no single party has achieved an absolute majority after an election, an atypical outcome in nations with majoritarian electoral systems, but common under proportional representation. A coalition government might also be created in a time of national difficulty or crisis to give a government the high degree of perceived political legitimacy or collective identity, it can also play a role in diminishing internal political strife. In such times, parties have formed all-party coalitions. If a coalition collapses, the Prime Minister and cabinet may be ousted by a vote of no confidence, call snap elections, form a new majority coalition, or continue as a minority government.

Winfried Kretschmann

Winfried Kretschmann

Winfried Kretschmann is a German politician serving as Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg since 2011. A member of the Alliance '90/Greens, he was President of the Bundesrat and ex officio deputy to the President of Germany from 2012 to 2013. He is the first member of the Greens to serve in these offices. Identifying himself as a green conservative, Kretschmann has been associated with both culturally and economically liberal policies.

2021 Christian Democratic Union of Germany leadership election

2021 Christian Democratic Union of Germany leadership election

2021 Christian Democratic Union of Germany leadership election may refer to:January 2021 Christian Democratic Union of Germany leadership election December 2021 Christian Democratic Union of Germany leadership election

Jens Spahn

Jens Spahn

Jens Georg Spahn is a German politician who served as Federal Minister of Health in the fourth cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel from 2018 to 2021. A member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), he has been the member of the lower house of the federal parliament, the Bundestag, for Steinfurt I – Borken I since 2002.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, sometimes referred to by her initials of AKK, is a retired German politician who served as Minister of Defence from 2019 to 2021 and as Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 2018 to 2021.

Controversies

Lobbying for Azerbaijan

As chairman of the Baden-Württemberg Young Union, Nikolas Löbel came under criticism from both the CDU and Amnesty International, for a planned sponsorship of 2,000 euros by a student network from Azerbaijan at the state parliament of the Baden-Württembe Young Union in 2012, since the student network in question was funded by Azerbaijani state-owned oil and gas company SOCAR and other Azerbaijani companies with ties to its autocratic leader - Ilham Aliyev, who's been criticized for continued and serious violations of human rights.[8] As a result, the sponsorship fell through.[9]

In March 2021 several Bundestag members of the ruling Union coalition became subjects of criminal investigations on the initial suspicion of corruption, for receiving payments from the Azerbaijani Laundromat money laundering scheme,[10][11][12] while others were implicated in allegations of corrupt lobbying practices known as "Caviar diplomacy" in the European Council or what became known as the "Azerbaijan affair" (German: Aserbaidschan-Affäre) in Germany.[13][14]

In this context Löbel's strong advocacy for Azerbaijani interests during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war between Azerbaijan and Armenia raised some eyebrows[15] as Löbel took a one-sided stance backing the position of Azerbaijan in the conflict.[16] He also dismissed criticism of human rights violations in Azerbaijan, stating that it is "not to be compared with a democracy based on the Western model", but "an important strategic partner" for Germany as a natural gas supplier and possible importer of "German products and goods".[17]

"Mask affair" scandal and resignation

In April 2020, Löbel brokered contracts for protective mask deliveries from China to Germany by Bricon Technology GmbH.[18] According to his own statements, he received a commission of 250,000 euros for this deal.[19] Löbel described this as being in line with the market, but admitted that he lacked sensitivity.[20]

This information became known in the context of a series of articles published by German press in March 2021, revealing how several Bundestag members from the leading Union coalition had brokered deals for PPE with lucrative commissions for themselves,[19][21] which led to intense criticism from members of all parties in the Bundestag, including the CSU/CDU Union and led to what became known as the so-called "Mask Affair" (German: Maskenaffäre) scandal in Germany.[22][23][24]

The first article about Löbel having asked for a commission was published in Der Spiegel on 5 March 2021.[19]  On the same day he stepped down from the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag.[25] On 7 March 2021, in response to the "Mask Affair", he announced that he would resign from his Bundestag mandate as well as his membership of the municipal council in Mannheim on 31 August 2021 and not run again for the Bundestag[26] and he would also end his membership in the CDU / CSU parliamentary group with immediate effect and give up the district chairmanship of the Mannheim CDU.[27] He apologized for having "violated the obligations of his office with his conduct".[28] A number of politicians from different parties criticized him for not giving up his mandate immediately, pointing out that, in addition to regular MP benefits and allowances, he thus keeps his entitlement to an additional year of retirement allowances (German: Altersentschädig) for MPs, noted the independent organization Abanderswatch.de, citing the MPs Act. The CDU federal chairman Armin Laschet criticized his "greed mentality"  and distanced himself from MPs who "had nothing on their minds but to earn money."[29]

On 8 March 2021, in response to political and media pressure, Löbel announced that he was giving up his parliamentary mandate with immediate effect in order to avoid "further damage to his party" shortly before two state elections were about to take place in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate".[30] He left the Bundestag two days later.[31] The CDU district association Mannheim also announced on March 8 that Löbel had resigned from the CDU "with immediate effect".[32] At the end of March 2021, the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor's Office announced that after examining the allegation of "bribery of elected officials" in connection with the mediation of mask business, "due to a lack of initial suspicion, it would refrain from initiating investigative proceedings"; In their opinion, there is "in the present case no direct connection between the private activity and the activity as a member of the Bundestag."[33][34][35]

Discover more about Controversies related topics

Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Christian Democratic Union of Germany

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany is a Christian-democratic and liberal-conservative political party in Germany. It is the major catch-all party of the centre-right in German politics.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is an international non-governmental organization focused on human rights, with its headquarters in the United Kingdom. The organization says it has more than ten million members and supporters around the world. The stated mission of the organization is to campaign for "a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments." The organization has played a notable role on human rights issues due to its frequent citation in media and by world leaders.

SOCAR

SOCAR

The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, largely known as SOCAR is fully state-owned national oil and gas company headquartered in Baku, Azerbaijan. The company produces oil and natural gas from onshore and offshore fields in the Azerbaijani segment of the Caspian Sea. It operates the country's only oil refinery, one gas processing plant and runs several oil and gas export pipelines throughout the country. It owns fuel filling station networks under the SOCAR brand in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Switzerland.

Ilham Aliyev

Ilham Aliyev

Ilham Heydar oghlu Aliyev is the fourth president of Azerbaijan, serving in the post since 31 October 2003.

CDU/CSU

CDU/CSU

CDU/CSU, unofficially the Union parties or the Union, is a centre-right Christian-democratic political alliance of two political parties in Germany: the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU).

Azerbaijani laundromat

Azerbaijani laundromat

The Azerbaijani laundromat is a complex money-laundering scheme organized by Azerbaijan that was revealed by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) in September 2017. The investigations exposed that during two years between 2012 and 2014 about USD $2.9 billion was siphoned through European companies and banks. The money was used to pay off European politicians in an attempt to whitewash Azerbaijan's reputation abroad.

Caviar diplomacy

Caviar diplomacy

Caviar diplomacy is a lobbying strategy of Azerbaijan, consisting of costly invitations to foreign politicians and employees of international organizations to Azerbaijan at the expense of the host country. Caviar diplomacy also includes expensive gifts presented as "a tribute to the Eastern tradition."

German language

German language

German is a West Germanic language of the Indo-European language family, mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and official or co-official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the Italian province of South Tyrol. It is also a co-official language of Luxembourg and Belgium, as well as a national language in Namibia. Outside Germany, it is also spoken by German communities in France (Bas-Rhin), Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary (Sopron).

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a transcontinental country located at the boundary of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is a part of the South Caucasus region, and is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia and Turkey to the west, and Iran to the south. Baku is the capital and largest city.

Armenia

Armenia

Armenia, officially the Republic of Armenia, is a landlocked country in the Armenian Highlands of Western Asia. It is a part of the Caucasus region; and is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the Lachin corridor and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the south. Yerevan is the capital, largest city and the financial center.

Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter. Protective equipment may be worn for job-related occupational safety and health purposes, as well as for sports and other recreational activities. Protective clothing is applied to traditional categories of clothing, and protective gear applies to items such as pads, guards, shields, or masks, and others. PPE suits can be similar in appearance to a cleanroom suit.

Armin Laschet

Armin Laschet

Armin Laschet is a German politician who served as Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia from 27 June 2017 to 26 October 2021. He served as Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 22 January 2021 to 31 January 2022. He was elected to the German Bundestag following the 2021 German federal election, and since 24 January 2022 he has served as Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Source: "Nikolas Löbel", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolas_Löbel.

Enjoying Wikiz?

Enjoying Wikiz?

Get our FREE extension now!

References
  1. ^ "German MP Nikolas Löbel resigns over face mask scandal". BBC News. 8 March 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Nikolas Löbel". CDU/CSU-Fraktion. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ "German Bundestag - Foreign Affairs". German Bundestag. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  4. ^ Guy Chazan (7 March 2021), Germany's CDU rocked by pandemic procurement scandal Financial Times.
  5. ^ Timo Frasch (8 March 2021), Affäre um Corona-Masken: CDU-Politiker Löbel legt Bundestagsmandat nieder Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
  6. ^ Hanna Spanhel (16 April 2016), Koalitionsgespräche in Baden-Württemberg: "Wir haben unseren Status als die Baden-Württemberg-Partei verloren" Süddeutsche Zeitung.
  7. ^ Lukas Eberle, Florian Gathmann, Christoph Hickmann, Timo Lehmann, Veit Medick and Sabrina Winter (9 October 2020), Kampf um CDU-Parteivorsitz: "Hinter Spahn können sich alle versammeln" Der Spiegel.
  8. ^ Wolfgang Messner (26 October 2012). "Sponsorenaffäre bei der CDU Baden-Württemberg: Aserbaidschan finanziert den Landestag der Jungen Union mit". Stuttgarter Zeitung. Die Junge Union Baden-Württemberg sieht sich innerparteilicher Kritik und Vorwürfen von Amnesty International ausgesetzt, weil das staatlich finanzierte Studentennetzwerk von Aserbaidschan beim JU-Landestag als Sponsor auftritt.
  9. ^ Hans Georg Frank (12 November 2012). "Nach Zerreißprobe auf Versöhnungskurs". Südwest Presse. Der monatelange Machtkampf in der Jungen Union soll nach der Wiederwahl des Vorsitzenden beendet sein. Nikolas Löbel muss nach dem Landestag in Sinsheim zwei tief gespaltene Lager versöhnen.
  10. ^ "German Parliament Takes Azerbaijan Corruption Seriously – Finally". Human Rights Watch. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  11. ^ WELT (30 January 2020). "Karin Strenz und Eduard Lintner: Razzia bei Unionspolitikern". DIE WELT. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  12. ^ WELT (4 March 2021). "Bundestag hebt Immunität von CDU-Abgeordnetem Fischer auf". DIE WELT. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Aserbaidschan-Affäre: Der Diktator, die CDU, der Moderator und das Geld". www.vice.com (in German). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  14. ^ "CDU/CSU-Abgeordnete verwickelt: Soziologe erklärt, wie Aserbaidschan EU-Politiker kauft". stern.de (in German). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  15. ^ Uwe Halbach (20 November 2017). "Nagorny-Karabach". Innerstaatliche Konflikte. Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. Weltweit wächst die Sorge vor einem neuen Krieg in diesem ältesten postsowjetischen Sezessionskonflikt im Südkaukasus. danach, am 26. November 2020 noch aktualisiert So in der Version vom 20. November 2017 at the Wayback Machine (archived 10 June 2017).
  16. ^ Nikolas Löbel (2 October 2020). "Völkerrechtswidrigen Zustand in Berg-Karabach beenden – Friedliche Lösung des Konflikts suchen". nikolas-loebel.de. Archived from the original on 19 November 2020.
  17. ^ Nikolas Löbel (6 June 2018). "Reisebericht: Meine Reise nach Aserbaidschan". nikolas-loebel.de. Archived from the original on 28 February 2021.
  18. ^ Stefanie Ball (10 March 2021). "Masken-Geschäfte - Avendi und SRH Holding machten im Umgang mit Nikolas Löbel unterschiedliche Erfahrungen: "Sehr verärgert" über Provision". Mannheimer Morgen.
  19. ^ a b c Melanie Amann, Sven Becker, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Sven Röbel, Gerald Traufetter, Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt und Robin Wille (5 March 2021). "Corona-Masken: CDU-Hinterbänkler kassierte 250.000 Euro Provision". DER SPIEGEL.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ Orpea Deutschland GmbH (5 March 2021). "Stellungnahme der ORPEA Deutschland zu Medienberichten über die Vermittlung von medizinischen Schutzgütern durch den Bundestagsabgeordneten Nikolas Löbel" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Unions-Abgeordnete in der Kritik: Affäre um Schutzmasken weitet sich aus". Tagesschau. ARD. 6 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Skandal um Löbel – Stellungnahmen von LINKEN, SPD und GRÜNEN". Kommunalinfo Mannheim. 5 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Suspect arrested in Germany's 'mask affair' scandal". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  24. ^ "Subscribe to a slice of the FT | Financial Times". www.ft.com. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  25. ^ "Vorwürfe gegen Löbel: Masken-Geschäfte sorgen für Unruhe in Union". FAZ.net. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 6 March 2021.
  26. ^ "CDU: Nikolas Löbel zieht sich aus der Politik zurück". DER SPIEGEL. 7 March 2021.
  27. ^ "Nikolaus Löbel zieht sich aus Politik zurück". ZEIT ONLINE. 7 March 2021.
  28. ^ "CDU-Abgeordneter Löbel zieht sich aus Politik zurück". Süddeutsche Zeitung. 7 March 2021.
  29. ^ Uwe Lueb (9 March 2021). "Maskenaffäre in der Union: Kann es Laschet noch richten?". Tagesschau. ARD.
  30. ^ Maskenaffäre: CDU-Abgeordneter Löbel legt sein Bundestagsmandat sofort nieder. (Memento vom 10. März 2021 im Internet Archive), Eilmeldung, In: tagesschau.de, ARD, 8. März 2021.
  31. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag - Ausgeschiedene Abgeordnete der 19. Wahlperiode". bundestag.de.
  32. ^ "Rücktritt und Austritt von Nikolas Löbel". CDU Mannheim. 8 March 2021.
  33. ^ "Früherer CDU-Politiker: Staatsanwaltschaft ermittelt gegen Löbel – aber nicht wegen Maskenaffäre". FAZ.NET. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 31 March 2021. Der zurückgetretene Bundestagsabgeordnete Nikolas Löbel sieht sich einem Ermittlungsverfahren der Staatsanwaltschaft ausgesetzt. Es besteht ‚ein Anfangsverdacht für die Begehung mehrerer Straftaten', darunter Untreue.
  34. ^ "Einleitung eines Ermittlungsverfahrens gegen den ehemaligen Bundestagsabgeordneten Nikolas Löbel". Aktuelle Pressemitteilungen. Staatsanwaltschaft Mannheim. 31 March 2021.
  35. ^ "German MP Nikolas Löbel resigns over face mask scandal". BBC News. 8 March 2021. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
External links

The content of this page is based on the Wikipedia article written by contributors..
The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence & the media files are available under their respective licenses; additional terms may apply.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use & Privacy Policy.
Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization & is not affiliated to WikiZ.com.