New State Secretary appointed
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas presented Miguel Berger with his appointment paper as State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office today (4 May). Berger takes over from Andreas Michaelis who has been appointed German Ambassador to the UK after serving for two years as State Secretary. Prior to his appointment as State Secretary, Berger was Director-General for Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development in the Federal Foreign Office. His previous roles include Deputy Head of Germany’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and Director for Near and Middle Eastern Affairs, the Maghreb and the Sudan. As State Secretary, Berger will be responsible in the Federal Foreign Office for the two political Directorates-General, the European Directorate-General, the Directorate-General for Asia and the Pacific, and the Crisis Response Task Force.
The new State Secretary’s CV is available here.
Why the new appointment?
Regularly changing job is part and parcel of diplomatic life in the Federal Foreign Office – and this includes the ministry’s upper echelons. Staff in what is known as the rotation system change job every few years, frequently moving between Germany and the German missions abroad. Under this system, State Secretary Berger’s predecessor, Andreas Michaelis, will move to London as the new German Ambassador to the UK.
What is a State Secretary?
As the highest-ranking civil servants, the State Secretaries represent the Minister at the helm of the Foreign Service as a whole. They direct the spheres within their remit at headquarters and oversee Germany’s missions abroad. The Federal Foreign Office has two State Secretaries. For their part, the Ministers of State support the Foreign Minister in his governmental role, assuming mainly political functions.
Information on the current leadership of the Federal Foreign Office is available here.