Second Brandt cabinet

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Cabinet Brandt II outside the Cabinet Office on 15 December 1972

The second Brandt cabinet was the government of Germany between 15 December 1972 and 16 May 1974, during the 7th legislature of the Bundestag. Led by the Social Democrat Willy Brandt, the cabinet was a coalition between the Social Democrats (SDP) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP). It followed the Cabinet Brandt I. Following Brandt's resignation as Chancellor on 7 May 1974, Vice-Chancellor Walter Scheel (FDP) served as Acting Chancellor for nine days, until the inception of the Cabinet Schmidt I.


The federal cabinet consisted of the following Ministers:

Office Incumbent Party Parl. State Secretary
& Minister of State
Chancellor Willy Brandt
until 7 May 1974
SPD Karl Ravens SPD
Walter Scheel
acting, from 7 May 1974
Vice-Chancellor Walter Scheel FDP
Foreign Affairs Walter Scheel FDP Karl Moersch
Hans Apel
Interior Hans-Dietrich Genscher
FDP Gerhart Rudolf Baum
Kurt Jung
Justice Gerhard Jahn
SPD Alfons Bayerl SPD
Finance Helmut Schmidt
SPD Hans Hermsdorf
until 1 April 1974
Karl Haehser
from 1 April 1974

Konrad Porzner
Economics Hans Friderichs
(born 1931)
FDP Martin Grüner FDP
Food, Agriculture and Forestry Josef Ertl
FDP Fritz Logemann FDP
Labour and Social Affairs Walter Arendt
SPD Helmut Rohde SPD
Defence Georg Leber
SPD Karl Wilhelm Berkhan SPD
Youth, Families and Health Katharina Focke
SPD Heinz Westphal SPD
Transport Lauritz Lauritzen
SPD Ernst Haar SPD
Planning, Architecture und Urban Development Hans-Jochen Vogel
(born 1926)
SPD Dieter Haack SPD
Internal German Relations Egon Franke
SPD Karl Herold SPD
Research and Technology
and Post and Telecommunications
Horst Ehmke
SPD Volker Hauff SPD
Education and Science Klaus von Dohnanyi
(born 1928)
SPD Fred Zander SPD
Economic Cooperation Erhard Eppler
(born 1926)
SPD Hans Matthöfer SPD
Special Duties
for the Chancellor
Egon Bahr
Special Duties
for the Vice-Chancellor
Werner Maihofer

See also


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