Coalition government ministers and secretaries of state spent a lot of money on their style in 2023. A list shows the extent.
How much does it increase? Federal government Services related to external beauty? This question was answered by ministers from the traffic light coalition, summarized in a published preliminary version. The short request was submitted in writing by Bundestag member Stephan Brandner (AfD). The document shows that politicians and their employees and parliamentary secretaries of state pay a lot to makeup artists and hairdressers. After all, in addition to the fashionable look, the head is also part of the look.
Chic hairstyle: this is how much money the government spends on styling
According to the response to the consultation, the federal government has spent around 186 thousand euros in this regard since the beginning of 2023. According to the list, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the majority: the ministry of Annalena Baerbock (Greens) spent 98,770 euros in hairstyles and cosmetics since January (until the deadline of October 12th). Given that Germany’s Foreign Minister travels a lot around the world, this inglorious top position makes sense: after all Baerbock most commitments come to fruition – for which she is adequately prepared.
The Federal Chancellery under Olaf Scholz (SPD) is more economical, the cost for this is 23,013 euros, but it remains in second place in the ranking. The Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection, on the other hand, is saving money – the financial outlay for the AfD request is just 550 euros. The government minister responsible is Robert Habeck – and he made headlines months ago because he was looking for a photography companion for hundreds of thousands of euros a year.
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Only 1,833 euros are reported to Christian Lindner’s Ministry of Finance (FDP). What stands out most in the list of hairdressing and cosmetic expenses is the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs: Minister Lisa Paus (Greens) and the State Secretaries are listed in the document as 20,909 euros. Other items:
- Ministry of the Interior and Homeland (Nancy Faeser/SPD): 6839 euros
- Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (Hubert Heil/SPD): 3,069 euros
- Ministry of Defense (Boris Pistorius/CDU): 3870 euros
- Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (Steffi Lemke/Green): 5333 euros
The Federal Government’s Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media is quoted in form 20/9077 with the impressive figure of 11,170 euros – Green Party politician Claudia Roth is responsible for this area. Karl Lauterbach’s Ministry of Health is currently one of the ministries that does not appear on the list.
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According to the information, the list of federal ministries includes possible surcharges for activities and travel materials. What is missing from the listed costs, however, are the travel costs themselves: A corresponding section explains: “Possible travel costs incurred as part of a trip as part of an official delegation are not recorded separately and are not included here.”
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In the summer of 2023, Reiner Holznagel, president of the Taxpayers Association, criticized Photograph, that it is difficult to convince taxpayers to “pay for politicians’ makeup artists and hairdressers”. He advocated that costs be “reduced to a minimum” and that, in case of doubt, expenses be borne by the government ministers themselves. O Daily Mirror Meanwhile, it reported that former Chancellor Angela Merkel still uses her own (freelance) assistant who takes care of the Union politician’s hair and styling when she travels. These costs (reportedly around 3,000 euros per month) are also borne by the German State.