Wolfgang Kubicki

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Person.png Wolfgang Kubicki  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician)
Wolfgang Kubicki.jpg
Born3 March 1952
Braunschweig, West Germany
NationalityGerman
Alma materUniversity of Kiel
Member ofWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1993
PartyFree Democratic Party
Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1993. Unusually for this network, he is against the extensive removal of civil rights during the Covid-19 deep event.

Employment.png Vice President of the Bundestag

In office
24 October 2017 - Present

Employment.png Member of the Bundestag for Schleswig-Holstein

In office
24 October 2017 - Present

Employment.png Member of the Bundestag for Schleswig-Holstein

In office
20 December 1990 - 2 August 1992

Employment.png Member of the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein

In office
5 May 1992 - 14 December 2017

Wolfgang Kubicki is a German politician of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) and member of the Bundestag from 1990 until 1992 and 2017 onwards. He has been vice chairman of the FDP in Germany since December 2013. Since 24 October 2017 he has been Vice President of the Bundestag. From 1992 to 1993 and from 1996 to 2017 he served as chairman of the FDP-group in the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament.[1]

He was selected a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1993. Unusually for this network, he is generally against the extensive removal of civil rights during the Covid-19 deep event.

Early life and education

After high school diploma in 1970 in Braunschweig Kubicki studied economics at the University of Kiel, where Peer Steinbrück was among his fellow students.[2] He graduated in 1975. After that he worked for a consulting company and from 1978 in a Steuerberater ("tax advisor") office. From 1981 to 1983 he worked as a researcher for the FDP in the Schleswig-Holstein Landtag. He finished a second degree in law, completed while working, at the University of Kiel in 1982 with the first state examination. In 1985 he completed the second state examination and has worked as a lawyer since.

Political career

Kubicki joined the FDP in 1971. In 1972/73 he was deputy federal chairman of the Liberal University Association and in 1975/76 state chairman of the Young Democrats in Schleswig-Holstein. Subsequently, Kubicki was first elected to the state executive committee of the Schleswig-Holstein FDP in 1976, where he served until 1988, most recently as deputy state chairman.

From 1987 to 1989, he was chairman of the Rendsburg-Eckernförde FDP district association. He relinquished this office after his election as state chairman in September 1989. In September 1993, Kubicki resigned as state chairman in the wake of the Schönberg Landfill Affair. As state chairman, Kubicki was also a member of the Liberals' federal executive committee. He has done so again since 1997. He was also his party's top candidate in state elections in Schleswig-Holstein in 1992, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2017.[3]

Kubicki lobbied since 2000 for Guido Westerwelle to be elected federal chairman of the FDP and to become parliamentary party leader of the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag.[4][5][6] Westerwelle thus pushed Wolfgang Gerhardt out of both positions at the time. In mid-December 2010, Kubicki publicly advocated for Westerwelle's replacement as party leader of the FDP in May 2011. He compared the situation of the FDP with the late phase of the GDR and blamed the party leadership for the poll results below 5%.[7] He said that the FDP was not in a good position to be replaced.

In the 2012 state election, the FDP, with Kubicki as its top candidate, received a result of 8.2 percent of the second votes.[8] While this was a significant loss compared to the 2009 state election, when 14.9 percent was achieved, it was still the second-best election result achieved in Schleswig-Holstein. Previously, the FDP had been eliminated from six state parliaments. Therefore, the result was considered an extraordinary success, which was mainly attributed to Kubicki and labeled the "Kubicki effect".[9] In polls, he achieved 54 percent approval of the electorate of Schleswig-Holstein (compared to 18 percent for Philipp Rösler) and 63 percent saw large differences between the state and federal FDP. Although Kubicki had never been sparing with criticism of his own party's federal policies, he already emphasized in the ZDF election broadcast that this result, which was perceived as an election victory, was precisely also a success for the federal party. In doing so, he clearly countered putsch rumors against the chairman of the federal FDP Philipp Rösler that had previously arisen in public even before the end of the election evening. In August 2012, Kubicki announced his intention to run as the top candidate for the Schleswig-Holstein FDP in the 2013 federal election.[10]

At the 2013 FDP federal party convention, Kubicki succeeded then-Development Minister Dirk Niebel, who was eliminated in the first round of voting, as an assessor on the federal presidium. Kubicki then won in a fight vote against Health Minister Daniel Bahr.[11] The Extraordinary Party Congress of the FDP in December 2013 elected Kubicki as 1st Deputy to the new party leader Christian Lindner with 89.87% of the vote.[12] The 2015 FDP Federal Party Congress confirmed Kubicki in this position with 94.2% of the vote, and the 2017 FDP Federal Party Congress with 92.29%.[13]

Kubicki is a member of the FDP's Executive Committee.

Kubicki is a member of the advisory board of the German-Arab Society.

Political positions

Dealings with Russia

In May 2018, Kubicki wanted to ease economic sanctions against Russia. After the poisoning of Alexei Navalny (a psy-op), Kubicki proposed an import ban on Russian gas. He supported the FDP parliamentary group's proposal for a moratorium on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.[14]

Covid-19

On April 28, 2020, Kubicki criticized the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and its president Lothar Wieler and accused the published figures of being rather politically motivated than scientifically based.[15] Furthermore, Kubicki criticized the federal government and the Federal Ministry of Health under Jens Spahn for poor management of vaccine procurement, the introduction of the Corona-Warn-App, as well as for imposing curfews.[16] In June 2021, Kubicki called for the repeal of all measures restricting fundamental rights[17][18]

Kubicki has publicly declared that he has violated against the lockdowns set by the federal government himself.[19]

In November 2021, Kubicki called the chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery the "Saddam Hussein of the medical profession."[20] Montgomery had previously sharply criticized the FDP's Corona policy. After strong criticism, Kubicki apologized to Montgomery.[21] In the speech in which he attacked Montgomery, he also criticized Corona management in parts of southern Germany. He also claimed that Markus Söder was putting his own career ambitions ahead of protecting the public, calling Söders regulations to be out of character and "humanly pathetic."

In December 2021, he positioned himself against general mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 and formulated a motion against it with other FDP deputies. Kubicki sees a such use of force as unconstitutional and called it a serious breach of trust. In addition, he stated that many supporters of compulsory vaccination seemed to be primarily concerned with revenge and retaliation against the unvaccinated.[22] As a result, he was also criticized within the party.

In early 2022, Kubicki called on Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder to resign, accusing him of misleading the public regarding the role of the unvaccinated in the infection process. Söder had previously spoken of a "pandemic of the unvaccinated", using figures that added people with unknown vaccination status to the unvaccinated group, thus massively overestimating the role of the unvaccinated.[23]

Schönberg landfill affair

The Schönberg landfill (now Ihlenberg landfill) in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was created from the former "VEB Landfill Schönberg". In 1991, Kubicki began advising the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on its privatization for a fee of DM 850,000. He was soon accused of giving the state bad advice and charging excessive fees. Above all, the state-owned operating company had been left to bear the risks and environmental obligations and had almost been driven into insolvency, while one of Kubicki's business partners, the Lübeck waste contractor Adolf Hilmer, had "skimmed off 52 million marks in profit in the first three years alone" as a tenant.[24]

However, Kubicki is said to have concealed his contact with Hilmer. At the beginning of 1993, the State Audit Office of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern criticized the "miserable conduct of negotiations" by the Mecklenburg Ministry of the Environment and estimated that the state had suffered damages of 100 million marks as a result of "gagging contracts."[25] The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state parliament convened a committee of inquiry to clarify the allegations and later sued Kubicki for damages. Kubicki resigned from the chairmanship of the FDP and the parliamentary group in Kiel in 1993. However, the Federal Court of Justice ruled in Kubicki's favor in the legal dispute, which had lasted for years.[26]




References

  1. https://www.bundestag.de/abgeordnete/biografien/K/kubicki_wolfgang-857640
  2. Kubicki flirtet mit Steinbrück, n-tv, in German
  3. https://www.abendblatt.de/region/norddeutschland/article107590684/Schleswig-Holsteins-heimlicher-Ministerpraesident.html
  4. https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/interview-kubicki-startet-frontalangriff-gegen-parteichef-gerhardt-a-40949.html
  5. {https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/fdp-gerhardt-will-im-amt-bleiben-a-78585.html
  6. https://www.spiegel.de/politik/strategie-18-fortfuehren-a-f0c33cb7-0002-0001-0000-000026060047?context=issue
  7. https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article11653185/Liberale-Traeume-vom-Ende-der-Aera-Westerwelle.html
  8. https://www.wahlrecht.de/news/2012/landtagswahl-schleswig-holstein-2012.htm#absolut
  9. http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/wahl-in-schleswig-holstein-2012/kommentar-der-kubicki-coup-11742110.html
  10. https://www.n-tv.de/politik/FDP-Querulant-will-nach-Berlin-article6965756.html
  11. https://www.fr.de/politik/niebel-fdp-fuehrung-abgewaehlt-11341111.html
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20140415204904/http://www.fdp.de/Ao-Bundesparteitag-Berlin/1832b674/index.html
  13. https://www.liberale.de/content/fdp-waehlt-vorstand-lindner-mit-91-prozent-im-amt-bestaetigt
  14. https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/alexej-nawalny-wolfgang-kubicki-bringt-gas-importstopp-gegen-russland-ins-spiel-a-4971ec1e-028f-4ce6-9f11-e693825ce977
  15. https://www.n-tv.de/panorama/Kubicki-stellt-RKI-Angaben-infrage-article21745713.html
  16. https://www.merkur.de/politik/wolfgang-kubicki-fdp-corona-regeln-deutsche-folgen-ohne-murren-zr-90573704.htm
  17. https://www.welt.de/videos/video231717883/Kubicki-Es-sind-alle-grundrechtsbeschraenkenden-Massnahmen-aufzuheben.html
  18. https://web.archive.org/web/20210610212636/https://www.welt.de/vermischtes/live230889917/Corona-Kubicki-fordert-zeitnahe-Aufhebung-der-Corona-Beschraenkungen.html
  19. https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Kubicki-outet-sich-als-Lockdown-Brecher-article22820649.html
  20. https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/fdp-vize-entschuldigt-sich-kubicki-bezeichnete-weltaerztebund-chef-montgomery-als-saddam-hussein/27820016.html
  21. https://www.zeit.de/news/2021-11/21/hussein-vergleich-bei-montgomery-kubicki-entschuldigt-sich?utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fde.wikipedia.org%2F
  22. https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/corona-wolfgang-kubicki-attackiert-impfpflicht-bewuerworter-a-bd07bd84-8279-4711-b672-e19bf4d932f4
  23. https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Kubicki-wirft-Soeder-Taeuschung-der-Offentlichkeit-vor-article23043998.html
  24. https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/nebentaetigkeiten-kubicki-erhielt-aktienpaket-fuer-kuenftige-anwaltshonorare-a-352421.html
  25. https://taz.de/!1622160/ |access-date=31 January 2022
  26. https://www.ndr.de/geschichte/schauplaetze/1979-Der-Ihlenberg-wird-zur-Deponie,ihlenberg143.html


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