|Birthname||Rudolf Albert Scharping|
|born on||2 December 1947 at 07:40 (= 07:40 AM )|
|Place||Niederelbert (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany, 50n24, 7e49|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||09°14' 02°32 Asc. 02°53'|
German politician, Social Democrats SPD. He studied politics, sociology and law at the University of Bonn. He joined the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in 1966.
He was Member of the Rhineland-Palatine Parliament from 1975 to 1994. From 21 May 1991 to 15 October 1994 he was prime minister of the state. In 1994 he ran as the SPD's candidate for German chancellor against Helmut Kohl (CDU), lost, and became leader of the opposition. His successor for the prime minister post is Kurt Beck.From 1993 to 1995, Scharping was chairman of the SPD, succeeding Björn Engholm. He was then defeated by Oskar Lafontaine in an upset vote at the federal party convent at Mannheim. He was elected as one of five vice chairmen in the same year and re-elected in 1997, 1999 and 2001. He has been member of the Bundestag since 1994. He led the SPD parliamentary group from 1994 to 1998.
From 27 October 1998 to 18 July 2002 he served as Germany's Minister of Defence. In his period of office, the German Bundeswehr participated for the first time since 1945 in a War outside Germany in former Yugoslavia.
Scharping was unseated shortly before the Bundestag elections in 2002, due to several political affairs. In the so-called Majorca Affair he had his picture taken in the swimming pool in company of his girlfriend Kristina Countess Pilati while the Bundeswehr was about to begin a difficult mission in Republic of Macedonia. The Moritz Hunzinger Affair was also related to him. Following his dismissal as Minister of Defense, he withdrew his candidacy for reelection as vice chairman as his chances were meagre. His successor was once again Kurt Beck. He did not resign his Bundestag seat but did not run again in the 2005 general elections.
After his political career, he became the chairman of the German cycling association, because he is an active cycling enthusiast.
He is married with Kristina Gräfin Pilati (born Christina Paul, 1948), his second wife. He has three daughters with his first wife Jutta Scharping (born 1951), whom he divorced after 32 years of marriage.
- opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Lafontaine, Oskar (born 16 September 1943)
Sy Scholfield quotes "Rudolf Scharping: Biographie" by Ulrich Rosenbaum (Ullstein, 1993), p. 9: "Das Jagdhaus im Westerwald 2. Dezember 1947, 7.40 Uhr. Ein dämmriger Dienstagmorgen. In einem Jagdhaus mitten im Wald, zwanzig Fußminuten vom Westerwald-Dorf Niederelbert entfernt, bringt die 25jährige Hilde Scharping mit Hilfe einer Hebamme ihr erstes Kind zur Welt; eine leichte Geburt. Es ist ein Knabe, der alsbald auf den Namen Rudolf Albert getauft wird..."
Translation: At a hunting lodge in the Westerwald on December 2, 1947 at 7.40 on a dim Tuesday morning. In a cabin in the woods, twenty minutes walk from the Westerwald village of Niederelbert, 25-year old Hilde Sharping with the help of a midwife gives birth to her first child; an easy birth. The boy will soon be baptized with the names Rudolf Albert...
Previously this data had 7.45 a.m. rated C: Taeger IHL from H. Specht, original source not known.
- Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (chairman of Social Democrats, 1993-1995)
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (German minister of defense 1998-2002)