The world's best minister of culture has a 70th birthday

The world's best minister of culture has a 70th birthday


norman lebrecht

January 03, 2012

He’s the man who convinced Chancellor Angela Merkel in the thick of a Euro crisis to invest an extra 50 million Euros. He has a budget of 1.2 billion Euros to spend on boosting German heritage and identity. He has been in the job six years and has an unrivalled authority in cultural affairs. Last week, he delivered a kicking to the public television networks for dumbing down the arts.

Bernd Neumann will be 70 on Thursday and, to all appearances, going strong. Long may he rule.


  • Rosana Martins says:

    Happy Birthday, Mr.Bernd Neumann ! You are an example to all Ministers of Culture. I hope you continue in your post for many years to come!

    I wish you could influence our Brazilian politicians.

  • Happy Birthday, Herr Neumann! It was an honour to have you as a patron in 2010! Musikfest Schloss Wonfurt is delighted to express its gratitude for your auspices today! Good luck and best health for many more years to come!

  • Eleanor Hope says:

    Congratulations, Herr Staatsminister!

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