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Klaus Kinkel to head up German federation's ethics commission

German politician and member of the free democratic FDP party Klaus Kinkel and Barbara Genscher, widow of former West German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, arrive for a state funeral of Walter Scheel on September 7, 2016.
Klaus Kinkel has held a number of senior ranking positions in German society.

Klaus Kinkel, a former spy chief and later Germany's justice and foreign minister, has been named the president of the newly created ethics commission of the German football federation (DFB).

Kinkel was elected at a federation congress in the eastern city of Erfurt. The commission is part of the DFB's declared drive for more transparency and integrity in an organisation still reeling from the fallout of a financial scandal around the 2006 World Cup it hosted.

The congress also extended the mandate of DFB president Reinhard Grindel until 2019.

Kinkel served as the head of West Germany's intelligence agency from 1978-82 and became the justice minister of a newly reunited Germany in 1991.

He also served as foreign minister after the sudden resignation of his political mentor, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, in 1992. Kinkel turns 80 in December.

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