Arnold, Rainer - from Germany

ID: 245229
Organization: MSC
Country of meeting: Munich in the year 2011

Politician and member of the SPD. Was first elected a member of the German Bundestag in the 1998 federal election. During his time in parliament, he was a member of the Defence Committee, and from 2002 he served as the SPD parliamentary group’s spokesperson on defence policy. In addition, he served on the Sub-Committee for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation between 1998 and 2002.

From 2002, Arnold was part of the parliamentary group’s leadership under successive chairmen Franz Müntefering, Peter Struck, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Thomas Oppermann. Within the parliamentary group, he was a member of the working group on municipal policy between 2005 and 2013.

Following the 2013 federal elections, Arnold was part of the SPD team in the negotiations with the CDU/CSU on a coalition agreement. He has since served as deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group under the leadership of Thomas Oppermann. In addition, between 2014 and 2015, he represented his parliamentary group in a crossparty committee headed by former defense minister Volker Rühe to review the country’s parliamentary rules on military deployments. He also chairs the German-Romanian Parliamentary Friendship Group.

In his capacity as member of the Defence Committee, Arnold traveled extensively to visit Bundeswehr troops on their missions abroad, including Kosovo (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2012), Djibouti (2006), Democratic Republic of the Congo (2006), Afghanistan (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014) and Mali (2013, 2014). In January 2015, he accompanied German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen on a visit to Jordan, where they met with King Abdullah II, among others. In September 2016, Arnold announced that he would not stand in the 2017 federal elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.

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