Holger Börner

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Holger Börner
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Holger Börner, 1978.
Minister President of Hesse
In office
7 Juni 1976 – 23 April 1987
Preceded by Albert Osswald
Succeeded by Walter Wallmann
President of Federal Council (Germany)
In office
1 November 1986 – 23 April 1987
Preceded by Ernst Albrecht
Succeeded by Walter Wallmann
Personal details
Born (1931-02-07)7 February 1931
Kassel,  West Germany
Died 2 August 2006(2006-08-02) (aged 75)
Kassel,  Germany
Nationality German
Political party SPD
Occupation Construction worker, politician
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Holger Börner, 2001.

Holger Börner (7 February 1931 in Kassel – 2 August 2006 in Kassel) was a German politician of the SPD.

He was Minister-President of Hesse from 1976 until 1987. In this position, he served as President of the Bundesrat in 1986/87, but only served until the Landtag elections of 24 April 1987.

In 1984, he and his SPD lost the majority in the Hesse Landtag. He managed to implement the first coalition between the SPD and the Green Party in Germany and was reelected, even though he had promised earlier never to work with the Green Party. In this administration, Joschka Fischer was the first green party minister in Germany.

Afterwards, until 2003, he was chairman of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, also known as (FES). The FES is a private, non-profit organization committed to the principles and values of social democracy. FES was established in 1925 to honor the legacy of Friedrich Ebert, Germany's first democratically elected President. The Foundation supports education, research, and international cooperation from its offices in Bonn and Berlin and through branch offices in more than 90 countries.[1]

Börner died of cancer at the age of 75 on 2 August 2006.[2] and was survived by his wife Carola and three children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Albert Osswald (SPD)
Minister-President of Hesse
1976 – 1987
Succeeded by
Walter Wallmann (CDU)