Guttenberg, Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu - from Germany

ID: 244997
Organization: MSC
Country of meeting: Munich in the year 2010

Served as German federal minister of defense from 2009 to 2011 and as federal minister of economics and technology from February 2009 to October 2009. As minister of defense, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr’s founding in 1955.

He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Western European Union (2002–2005). He also briefly served as secretary-general of Germany’s co-governing CSU party (2008–2009) before being appointed to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet in early 2009.

After the University of Bayreuth Guttenberg had withdrawn his doctorate in February 2011 in the course of the plagiarism affair surrounding his dissertation, he resigned from all political offices at the beginning of March 2011.

In 2011, Guttenberg joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Guttenberg is the chairman and a founder of Spitzberg Partners, an advisory and investment firm based in New York City. He returned to German politics during the 2017 federal election by making a speech which was widely described as a comeback.

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