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Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Consul général


Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul
Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul© GKChengdu/Schmidt
Dear readers,

In 1985, the Heads of State and Government of the then « European Community » (later the EU) opted for the « Ode to Joy » as the European anthem. More precisely, it is the instrumental version of the main theme « Ode to Joy » from the last movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
This year the 250th birthday of the German composer gets celebrated worldwide: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra hosts a three-day Beethovenfest in March, Anne-Sophie Mutter will perform in June and we are planning a small European Beethoven birthday serenade in December. This recital marks the end of the German EU Presidency on Canada's West Coast in the second half of 2020.
German Unity Day marks the 30th anniversary of reunification. On this occasion, we want to question the role of Germany in a changing Europe together with our European neighbors. In the early 1990s, Canadian
newspapers also talked a lot about the new German « assertiveness ». Will one come to the same conclusion thirty years later?
Berlin's « small » Tegel Airport has a lot of friends worldwide. One appreciates the short distances and the quick connection to the city center. The first scheduled flight to Tegel was carried out by Air France on January 2, 1960, exactly 60 years ago. With the opening of the new Berlin Airport « Berlin- Brandenburg Willy Brandt », now scheduled for October 31, 2020, the end for « Tegel » could come. What a pity.

With best wishes for a happy new year 2020,

Dr. Klaus Schmidt
Consul General

Curriculum Vitae

Consul General Dr. jur. Klaus Schmidt
Born November 27, 1956 in Würzburg
Married, two children

1976 - 1981

Law Studies
University of Würzburg

1st State Exam
1981 - 1984
Practical Training
2nd State Exam
PhD (Dr. jur. utriusque)
1985 - 2003

Press and Information Office
Federal Government Bonn/Berlin

Assignments and Entry to the Foreign Office

1987 - 1988

Press Section
German Consulate General Los Angeles, USA

1991 - 1995

Head of Press and Information Department, Visa and Consular Section
German Embassy Ottawa, Canada

2003 - 2005

Head of Division K 01
Political and Public Relations abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2005 - 2008

Political Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2008 - 2011

Head of Division 603 and 608
Multilateral and Media Policy / Public Diplomacy abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin


Head of Cultural Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2012 - 2015

Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Economic Section
German Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 - 2018

Consul General

German Consulate General Chengdu, China

since 8/2018

Consul General
German Consulate General Vancouver, Canada

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