Pfaffenbach for G8

Spiegel Online interview state secretary Dr. Bernd Pfaffenbach and questioned him on his way of work as a state secretary and especially as a sherpa for Mrs. Merkel in regards of the G8 conference.

Some background information on this. Dr. Pfaffenbach is in this position since 2004, thereby having held the office during the terms of office of two chancellors (Schroeder, Merkel). Interesting enough, his personal details as displayed on the website of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology vary from German to English version (in a few details).

Den Sherpas arbeiten vier Mitarbeiter eng zu, die sich ebenfalls regelmäßig auf G7- und G8-Ebene treffen. Es handelt sich dabei um die Finanz-Sous-Sherpas, die Außenamts-Sous-Sherpas,die Politischen Direktoren und eine Gruppe hoher Beamter für Nichtverbreitungsfragen (Senior Group). In der Regel handelt es sich bei den Sous-Sherpas um Abteilungsleiter des Auswärtigen Amtes und des Bundesministeriums für Finanzen. – Source: BMWI

Further structured, 4 employees of the sherpa meet with their counterparts on G7 and G8 level. They are the finance-sous-sherpa, the foreign-policy-sous-sherpa, the political directors and a so called senior group. Normally, the sous-sherpas are the heads of department of the foreign politics ministry and the federal ministry of finance.

However on the homepage of the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs it is mentioned that the Sherpa is support by

einem Sous-Sherpa für den Bereich globale Wirtschafts- Umwelt- und Entwicklungsfragen (Auswärtiges Amt) und einem Sous-Sherpa für den Bereich Finanzpolitik (Bundesministerium der Finanzen), sowie vom Politischen Direktor des Auswärtigen Amts für Fragen der Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik.

Meaning that there would be three supporters instead of four. According to the organization chart of the ministry, department 200 and 400 have G8 responsibilities. Which information is the right one?


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