Manuela Schwesig (23 May 1974) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party serving as the Minister‐President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since 4 July 2017. She is the first woman to serve as head of government of this state. Previously she served as Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth from 2013 to 2017.
German Federal Minister of Family Affairs Manuela Schwesig (SPD) has eliminated all programs against left-wing extremism in Germany. [...] Instead, she announced the expansion of programs against right-wing extremism. [...] In total, the Service for the Protection of the Constitution registered more than 1,100 cases of left-wing violence in 2013. [...] The number of xenophobic violent xenophobic attacks was 473.
In 2014, Schwesig helped introducing a bill mandating compulsory quotas for women on the supervisory boards of the Germany’s top companies, which was passed in early 2015.
In a newspaper interview, Schwesig had made the comment: 'The number one goal is that the NPD does not make it into the parliament.' The NPD accused the minister of breaching her duty of neutrality and interfering with the campaign, and made a complaint before the Federal Constitutional Court.
Schwesig is a member of Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie (Against Oblivion – For Democracy) a German organization promoting diversity, tolerance and democratic participation, and opposing racism, prejudice and right-wing and left-wing extremism.. Its current chairman is Joachim Gauck (since 2003). The advisory council is chaired by Rita Süssmuth.
Schwesig opposed the German government's plan to reduce family reunification for refugees, as 'children ease integration'.
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