Norbert Schmelzer

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Norbert Schmelzer
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
July 6, 1971 – May 11, 1973
Prime MinisterBarend Biesheuvel
Preceded byJoseph Luns
Succeeded byMax van der Stoel
Member of Senate
In office
May 11, 1971 – July 6, 1971
Party leader of the Catholic People's Party
In office
December 7, 1963 – April 28, 1971
Preceded byWim de Kort
Succeeded byFrans Andriessen
Parliamentary leader of the Catholic People's Party in the House of Representatives
In office
December 7, 1963 – April 28, 1971
Preceded byWim de Kort
Succeeded byFrans Andriessen
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
July 2, 1963 – May 11, 1971
State Secretary for General Affairs
In office
May 19, 1959 – July 24, 1963
Prime MinisterJan de Quay
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
March 20, 1959 – May 19, 1959
State Secretary for Interior
In office
October 26, 1956 – May 19, 1959
Prime MinisterWillem Drees (1956–1958)
Louis Beel (1958–1959)
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byTheo Bot
Personal details
BornWilhelm Klaus Norbert Schmelzer
(1921-03-22)March 22, 1921
Rotterdam, Netherlands
DiedNovember 14, 2008(2008-11-14) (aged 87)
Sankt Ingbert, Germany
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Catholic People's Party
(1952-1980)
Spouse(s)Carla Mutsaerts
(m. 1950–1977; divorced)
Daphne Mary Nieuwenhuizen
(m. 1977–2008; his death)
Children3 sons and 2 daughters
Alma materTilburg University (Master of Economics)
OccupationPolitician
Civil servant
ReligionRoman Catholicism
 
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Norbert Schmelzer
Schmelzer, Norbert - SFA005000409.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
July 6, 1971 – May 11, 1973
Prime MinisterBarend Biesheuvel
Preceded byJoseph Luns
Succeeded byMax van der Stoel
Member of Senate
In office
May 11, 1971 – July 6, 1971
Party leader of the Catholic People's Party
In office
December 7, 1963 – April 28, 1971
Preceded byWim de Kort
Succeeded byFrans Andriessen
Parliamentary leader of the Catholic People's Party in the House of Representatives
In office
December 7, 1963 – April 28, 1971
Preceded byWim de Kort
Succeeded byFrans Andriessen
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
July 2, 1963 – May 11, 1971
State Secretary for General Affairs
In office
May 19, 1959 – July 24, 1963
Prime MinisterJan de Quay
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
March 20, 1959 – May 19, 1959
State Secretary for Interior
In office
October 26, 1956 – May 19, 1959
Prime MinisterWillem Drees (1956–1958)
Louis Beel (1958–1959)
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byTheo Bot
Personal details
BornWilhelm Klaus Norbert Schmelzer
(1921-03-22)March 22, 1921
Rotterdam, Netherlands
DiedNovember 14, 2008(2008-11-14) (aged 87)
Sankt Ingbert, Germany
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Catholic People's Party
(1952-1980)
Spouse(s)Carla Mutsaerts
(m. 1950–1977; divorced)
Daphne Mary Nieuwenhuizen
(m. 1977–2008; his death)
Children3 sons and 2 daughters
Alma materTilburg University (Master of Economics)
OccupationPolitician
Civil servant
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Wilhelm Klaus Norbert "Norbert" Schmelzer (March 22, 1921 – November 14, 2008) was a Dutch politician of the defunct Catholic People's Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). Serving numerus positions in his career including Minister of Foreign Affairs from 6 July 1971 until 11 May 1973. In 1966 while serving as the parliamentary leader of the Catholic People's Party in the House of Representatives he proposed a Motion of no confidence against the Cabinet Cals and Prime Minister Jo Cals. A shocking and surprised action in Dutch politics, it marked the first time that a motion of no confidence was proposed against a cabinet of the same party. The Cabinet Cals resigned that evening.[1][2][3]

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) De Nacht van Schmelzer, Geschiedenis24, October 15, 2001
  2. ^ (Dutch) Kabinetscrisis 1966: de Nacht van Schmelzer, Parlement & Politiek, December 24, 2008
  3. ^ (Dutch) De Nacht van Schmelzer (1966), Histotheek.nl, March 9, 2010

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Wim de Kort
Party leader of the Catholic People's Party
1963–1971
Succeeded by
Frans Andriessen
Preceded by
Wim de Kort
Parliamentary leader of the Catholic People's Party
in the House of Representatives

1963–1971
Succeeded by
Frans Andriessen
Government offices
Preceded by
Position created
State Secretary for Interior
1956–1959
Succeeded by
Theo Bot
Preceded by
Position created
State Secretary for General Affairs
1959–1963
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Joseph Luns
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1971–1973
Succeeded by
Max van der Stoel