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Encyclopedia > Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Christlich-Demokratische Union
Leader Angela Merkel
Founded 1870 (Catholic Centre Party)
1945 (CDU)
Headquarters Klingelhöferstraße 8
10785 Berlin
Political Ideology Christian Democracy
International Affiliation International Democrat Union
European Affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament Group EPP-ED
Colours Black
Website [1]
See also Politics of Germany

Political parties
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The Christian Democratic Union (CDU - Christlich-Demokratische Union) is a political party in Germany. A right-of-center Christian party, the CDU is the biggest conservative political party in Germany. It is also a member of the International Democrat Union. The Elections and Parties Series Democracy Representative democracy History of democracy Referenda Liberal democracy Representation Voting Voting systems Ideology Elections Elections by country Elections by calendar Electoral systems Politics Politics by country Political campaigns Political science Political philosophy Related topics Political parties Parties by country Parties by name Parties by... Conservatism or political conservatism is any of several historically related political philosophies or political ideologies. ... The International Democrat Union is an international grouping of conservative and, in some cases, Christian democratic parties. ...


In Bavaria, the CDU does not exist; its role is played by the Christian Social Union (CSU). The CDU cooperates with the CSU at the federal level; although each party maintains its own structure, the two form a common caucus in the German Parliament and do not run opposing campaigns. Their combination is generally referred to as The Union. With an area of 70,553 km² (27,241 square miles) and 12. ... The Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU – ) is a conservative Germany. ... The Bundestag (Federal Diet) is the parliament of Germany. ...


The CDU/CSU has adherents among Roman Catholics, Protestants, rural interests, and members of all economic classes. It is generally conservative on economic and social policy and more identified with the Roman Catholic, and to a lesser extent Protestant, churches than are the other major parties, although the party's emphasis on Christianity is markedly lower today than it was a few decades ago, and its programs are pragmatic rather than ideological. In 1990, it merged with the East German equivalent of the same name, the Christian Democratic Union. The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Christian Democratic Union was an East German political party founded in 1945. ...

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History

The party's roots go back to the Catholic Centre Party, founded in 1870 to promote the interests of German catholics. The party played an important role and participated in most national governments from the last years of the German Empire and during the Weimar Republic, but was dissolved in 1933. CDU was founded after the war as its de facto successor, but with the goal to include not only Catholics, but also Protestants, in a common confessional and conservative party. Its first leader and West Germany’s first chancellor was Konrad Adenauer. The CDU was the dominant party with Adenauer as its leader from 1949 to 1963. Then in 1963, Ludwig Erhard of the CDU succeeded Adenauer, proceeding a recession in 1966. This caused the CDU to wane in power and consequently form a coalition with the SPD. Kurt Georg Kiesinger (CDU) then took power as chancellor of West Germany. The factual accuracy of this article is Germany during the Kaiserreich and the Weimar Republic. ... 1870 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The period of German history from 1919 to 1933 is known as the Weimar Republic IPA (German Weimarer Republik). ... 1933 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Konrad Adenauer (January 5, 1876 – April 19, 1967) was a conservative German statesman. ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Ludwig Erhard (February 4, 1897–May 5, 1977) was a German politician (CDU) and Chancellor of Germany from 1963 until 1966. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Kurt Georg Kiesinger (6 April , 1904–9 March , 1988) was a conservative German politician and Chancellor of Germany from 1 December 1966 until 21 October , 1969. ...


However, the SPD turned and formed a coalition with the FDP in 1969, and the CDU thus lost its leadership position for the next 13 years. It was during this time that the CDU developed new conservative economic and foreign policies. The FDP in turn developed a new coalition with the CDU in 1982 after a fall out with the SPD. By 1983, the CDU was back in power with Helmut Kohl as the new Chancellor for West Germany. Its status was then shaken in the later half of the 1980's by an extreme right-wing party called Die Republikaner (unrelated to America's Republican Party). The CDU was then revived in 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell and the CDU regained popularity. 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dr. Helmut Kohl (full name Helmut Josef Michael Kohl) (born April 3, 1930) is a German conservative politician and statesman. ... In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ... The Republicans (Die Republikaner) of Germany is a right-wing populist party, which concerns itself mostly with the issue of immigration, trying to attract primarily protest voters. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party [1]), is one of the two major political parties in the United States (the other being the Democratic Party). ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Berlin Wall on November 16, 1989 The Berlin Wall (German: Die Berliner Mauer) was a long barrier separating West Berlin from East Berlin and the surrounding territory of East Germany. ...


It was then that West Germany’s chancellor Kohl, with the strong support of the United States, called for the reunification of Germany. On October 3rd, 1990, the German Democratic Republic was abolished and its territory reannexed to Germany. The same year elections was held for the reunified country. Although Chancellor Kohl was reelected, the party lost much of its popularity because of an economic recession in the former GDR and a tax increase in the west. He was, however, victorious again in the 1994 election. The 35th German federal election, 1994 was conducted on October 16, 1994, to elect members to the Bundestag (lower house) of Germany. ...

Election placard of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany for the German federal election, 2005.
Election placard of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany for the German federal election, 2005.

Helmut Kohl served as chairman until the party's electoral defeat in 1998, when he was succeeded by Wolfgang Schäuble; Schäuble resigned in early 2000 as a result of a party financing scandal and was replaced by Angela Merkel. In the 1998 general election, the CDU polled 28.4% and the CSU 6.7% of the national vote. In 2002, CDU reached 29.5% and the CSU 9.0%. In 2004 early elections were called after the CDU dealt the governing SPD a final blow, winning more than ten regional elections, mostly with a landslide victory. Angela Merkel was subsequently chosen to be the candidate chancellor for the CDU and CSU for the general election. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 494 KB) Election placard in Berlin of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany for the German federal election, 2005. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 494 KB) Election placard in Berlin of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany for the German federal election, 2005. ... The German federal election of 2005 will be held on 18 September 2005 to elect members to the Bundestag (lower house) of Germany, following the unsuccessful motion of confidence in Gerhard Schröder on 1 July . ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Wolfgang Schäuble (born September 18, 1942) is a German CDU politician. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... In late 1999, it was discovered that the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) political party had accepted illegal donations while under the control of Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the 1990s. ... Angela Merkel Angela Dorothea Merkel (born July 17, 1954 in Hamburg) is a German politician and the oppositions candidate to become Chancellor of Germany in the upcoming German federal election, 2005. ... The German federal election, 1998 was conducted on September 27, 1998, to elect members to the Bundestag (lower house) of Germany. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Social Democratic Party of Germany (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands in German) Serial Presence Detect of computer memory modules Categories: Disambiguation ... Angela Merkel Angela Dorothea Merkel (born July 17, 1954 in Hamburg) is a German politician and the oppositions candidate to become Chancellor of Germany in the upcoming German federal election, 2005. ...


Philosophy

According to the CDU's website, the party is nondenominational Christian-based, applying the principles of Christian Democracy and serving to "unite Catholics and Protestants, Conservatives and Liberals, proponents of Christian social ideals, and men and women from various regions, social classes, and democratic traditions." The CDU believes that mankind has a responsibility to God in upholding the Christian ideals and caring for the environment. Parts of these beliefs include supporting the freedom and dignity of all persons including equal rights among women, men, and the disabled. The CDU supports the idea of a social market economy. The party strives for a free and market-oriented European Union and supports the European integration. It strongly opposes the membership of Turkey in the European Union. A non-denominational church (usually Christian) is a religious organization which does not necessarily align its mission and teachings to an established denomination. ... The Elections and Parties Series Democracy Representative democracy History of democracy Referenda Liberal democracy Representation Voting Voting systems Ideology Elections Elections by country Elections by calender Electoral systems Politics Politics by country Political campaigns Political science Political philosophy Related topics Political parties Parties by country Parties by name Parties by... Social market economy was the peculiar German and Austrian model (pattern) of economy during Cold War era. ...


Traditionally, there have been three somewhat differant strands of thought in the CDU, of roughly equal strength: Christian-social thinking emphasizing faith and social justice according to a Roman Catholic view of man, moderately Nationalist-conservative thinking emphasizing a defense of traditional German culture and values, and free-market economic liberalism, emphasizing economic freedom and self-determination. Lately, the free-market element seems to have become stronger than the other two.


Opponents of the CDU are the social democratic SPD, the post-communist Left Party/PDS and the left-wing environmentalist Bündnis'90/Die Grünen. The liberal FDP party is considered to be the natural partner of any CDU government (although this was different in the past, when the CDU was more markedly conservative and the FDP more markedly liberal). In the European elections of 2004 the CDU/CSU got 44% of the popular vote. The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD – Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands) is one of the oldest political parties of Germany still in existence and also one of the oldest and largest in the world, celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2003. ... The Left Party (In German: , officially with a period at the end), formerly Party of Democratic Socialism (Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus, PDS) is a left-wing socialist political party in Germany. ... Party symbol of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (literally: Alliance 90/The Greens), the German Green Party, is a political party in Germany whose regional predecessors were founded in the late 1970s as part of the new social movements. ... The Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei - FDP) is a free-market liberal party in Germany. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Internal Structure

Members

The CDU currently has 574,526 members (As of: February 2, 2005) February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


25.2 percent of members are female and 74.8 percent male. The female proportion is higher in the new East Germany states with 29.2 percent compared to the former states in West Germany with 24.8 percent.


Before 1966 membership totals in CDU organization were only estimated. The numbers after 1966 are based on the total from December 31 of the previous year. 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Data about state party group

State group Chairman Members
Baden-Württemberg Günther Oettinger 79,000
Berlin Ingo Schmitt
Brandenburg Jörg Schönbohm 7,000
Bremen Bernd Neumann
Hamburg Dirk Fischer
Hessen Roland Koch
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Eckhardt Rehberg 7,000
Niedersachsen Christian Wulff
Nordrhein-Westfalen Jürgen Rüttgers 185,000
Rheinland-Pfalz Christoph Böhr
Saarland Peter Müller 22,000
Sachsen Georg Milbradt 15,000
Sachsen-Anhalt Thomas Webel 9,000
Schleswig-Holstein Peter Harry Carstensen 30,000
Thüringen Dieter Althaus 13,000

With an area of 35,742 km² and 10. ... Günther Oettinger (born October 15, 1953 in Stuttgart is a German politician from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). ...   Berlin? (pronounced: , German ) is the capital of Germany and its largest city, with 3,426,000 inhabitants (as of January 2005); down from 4. ... Ingo Schmitt is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament for Berlin. ... Surrounding but excluding the national capital Berlin, Brandenburg is one of Germanys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states). ... Bremen lies in North Germany 50km South of the North Sea. ... Hamburg is Germanys second largest city (after Berlin) and, with the Hamburg Harbour, its principal port. ... Hesse is also the name of the German writer Hermann Hesse, as well as the German mathematician Otto Hesse. ... Roland Koch (born March 24, 1958 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German politician. ... Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (German: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) is a Bundesland (federal state) in northern Germany. ... With an area of 47,618 km² and nearly eight million inhabitants, Lower Saxony (German Niedersachsen) lies in north-western Germany and is second in area and fourth in population among the countrys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states). ... Christian Wulff (born June 19, 1959 in Osnabrück) is a German politician (CDU) and Ministerpräsident (Premier) of Lower Saxony since March 4, 2003. ... With eighteen million inhabitants inhabiting 34,080 km² in western-northwestern Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia (German Nordrhein-Westfalen) is largest in population though only fourth in area among Germanys sixteen federal states. ... Jürgen Rüttgers (born June 26, 1951 in Cologne) is a German Politician (CDU) and Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, widely known for his views on immigration and the famous phrase Kinder statt Inder (children instead of Hindus)which was a media interpretation of Statt Inder an die... Rhineland-Palatinate (German Rheinland-Pfalz) is one of 16 Bundesländer of Germany. ... Saarland is one of the 16 states of Germany. ... With an area of 18,400 sq. ... With an area of 20,447 km² and a population of 2. ... Schleswig-Holstein is the northernmost of the 16 Bundesländer in Germany. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) lies in central Germany and is among the smaller of the countrys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states), with an area of 16,200 km² and 2. ... Dieter Althaus (born in Heiligenstadt, Thuringia, on June 29, 1958) is a German politician (CDU). ...

Party strongholds

The traditional strongholds of the party are concentrated in rural and/or Catholic regions such as Eifel, Münsterland, Sauerland, the Fulda district, Schwaben, Emsland, Nordfriesland, Vorpommern as well as areas in Saxony, the Thüringen Eichsfeld, Taunus, and smaller cities such as Baden-Baden, Konstanz, and Pforzheim. Only very small support exists in Bremen, Brandenburg, and East Berlin. Nevertheless the CDU gained an absolute majority at the last state elections in the liberal and affluent city of Hamburg, which used to be a historic stronghold of the Social Democrats. The Eifel is a hilly region in Germany. ... Position - Münster in Germany Town Hall at Prinzipalmarkt Münster: Prinzipalmarkt Münster is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... The Sauerland is a rural hilly area spreading across most of the east of North Rhine-Westphalia, heavily forested and sparsely inhabited. ... Fulda is a Kreis (district) in the north-east of Hesse, Germany. ... Swabia (German: Schwaben) is both a historic and linguistic region in Germany. ... Emsland is a district in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... Nordfriesland (literally Northern Frisia) is a district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... Vorpommern (Polish: Pomorze Przednie) - in English sometimes also called West, Upper, or Hither Pomerania - is a region of Pomerania, being that part of Western Pomerania west of the River Oder in north-eastern Germany, including the island of Rügen but excluding the city of Szczecin (German: Stettin), which was... With an area of 18,413 km² and a population of 4. ... The Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) lies in central Germany and is among the smaller of the countrys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states), with an area of 16,200 km² and 2. ... Eichsfeld is a district in Thuringia, Germany. ... Taunus seen from Frankfurt/Main The Taunus is a mountain chain in Hesse, Germany. ... Map of Germany showing Baden-Baden Baden-Baden is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. ... Konstanz (English traditionally Constance) is a small university town of around 80,000 people on the shore of Lake Constance (Bodensee) in the south-west corner of Germany, bordering Switzerland. ... Pforzheim is a town of 115,000 inhabitants in the state of Baden-Württemberg, south-west Germany at the gate to the Black Forest. ... Bremen lies in North Germany 50km South of the North Sea. ... Surrounding but excluding the national capital Berlin, Brandenburg is one of Germanys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states). ...   Berlin? (pronounced: , German ) is the capital of Germany and its largest city, with 3,426,000 inhabitants (as of January 2005); down from 4. ... Hamburg is Germanys second largest city (after Berlin) and, with the Hamburg Harbour, its principal port. ...


Relationship with the CSU

Together with its sister party, the CSU, which is only active in Bavaria, the CDU has formed a joint parliamentary group in the Federal Parliament (Bundestag). This joint group is called CDU/CSU; its basis is a binding agreement known as a Fraktionsvertrag between the two parties. The Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU – ) is a conservative Germany. ...


On issues of national importance and in national election campaigns the CDU and CSU closely coordinate their activities, but they remain legally and organizationally seperate parties. The differences between the CDU and the somewhat more conservative CSU sometimes lead to friction between them. The most notable and serious such incident was in 1976, when the CSU under Franz Josef Strauss ended the alliance with the CDU at a party conference in Wildbad Kreuth. This decision was reversed shortly thereafter when the CDU threatened to run candidates against the CSU in Bavaria. Dr h. ...


Think-tank Konrad Adenauer Foundation

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is the think-tank of the CDU. It is named after the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and first president of the CDU. The foundation offers political education, conducts scientific fact-finding research for political projects, grants scholarships to gifted individuals, researches the history of Christian Democracy, and supports and encourages European unification, international understanding, and development-policy cooperation. Its annual budget amounts to around 100 million Euro. Konrad Adenauer (January 5, 1876 – April 19, 1967) was a conservative German statesman. ... A Foundation is a type of philanthropic organization, set up by either individuals or institutions as a legal entity (usually either a corporation or a trust) with the purpose of distributing grants to support causes in line with the goals of the foundation. ... The Elections and Parties Series Democracy Representative democracy History of democracy Referenda Liberal democracy Representation Voting Voting systems Ideology Elections Elections by country Elections by calender Electoral systems Politics Politics by country Political campaigns Political science Political philosophy Related topics Political parties Parties by country Parties by name Parties by...


Chairmen of the Christian Democratic Union, 1950-present

Konrad Adenauer (January 5, 1876 – April 19, 1967) was a conservative German statesman. ... Ludwig Erhard (February 4, 1897–May 5, 1977) was a German politician (CDU) and Chancellor of Germany from 1963 until 1966. ... Kurt Georg Kiesinger (6 April , 1904–9 March , 1988) was a conservative German politician and Chancellor of Germany from 1 December 1966 until 21 October , 1969. ... Rainer Candidus Barzel (born June 20, 1924) is a German CDU Politician. ... Dr. Helmut Kohl (full name Helmut Josef Michael Kohl) (born April 3, 1930) is a German conservative politician and statesman. ... Wolfgang Schäuble (born September 18, 1942) is a German CDU politician. ... Angela Merkel Angela Dorothea Merkel (born July 17, 1954 in Hamburg) is a German politician and the oppositions candidate to become Chancellor of Germany in the upcoming German federal election, 2005. ...

Parliamentary chairmen/chairmen of the CDU/CSU group in the national parliament

Heinrich von Brentano di Tremezzo (born June 6, 1904 in Offenbach, d. ... Heinrich Krone (born December 1, 1895 in Hessisch Oldendorf, d. ... Heinrich von Brentano di Tremezzo (born June 6, 1904 in Offenbach, d. ... Rainer Candidus Barzel (born June 20, 1924) is a German CDU Politician. ... Karl Carstens (December 14, 1914 - May 30, 1992) was a German politician. ... Dr. Helmut Kohl (full name Helmut Josef Michael Kohl) (born April 3, 1930) is a German conservative politician and statesman. ... Alfred Dregger (* 10 December 1920 in Münster - 29 June 2002 in Fulda) was a German politician of the (CDU). ... Wolfgang Schäuble (born September 18, 1942) is a German CDU politician. ... Friedrich Merz (* 11th November 1955 in Brilon) is a German politican (CDU). ... Angela Merkel Angela Dorothea Merkel (born July 17, 1954 in Hamburg) is a German politician and the oppositions candidate to become Chancellor of Germany in the upcoming German federal election, 2005. ...

See also

The Elections and Parties Series Democracy Representative democracy History of democracy Referenda Liberal democracy Representation Voting Voting systems Ideology Elections Elections by country Elections by calender Electoral systems Politics Politics by country Political campaigns Political science Political philosophy Related topics Political parties Parties by country Parties by name Parties by... The Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU – ) is a conservative Germany. ... The Federal Republic of Germany (in German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is a federal representative democracy. ... This is a list of political parties in Germany. ... The Bundestag (Federal Diet) is the parliament of Germany. ... There are many Christian Democratic parties. ... The Junge Union (Young Christian Democrats) or JU is the common youth organisation of the two German political parties CDU and CSU. The Junge Union has about 130,000 members and is the biggest German political youth organisation of Germany and of Europe. ...

External links

  • Official site of the Christlich-Demokratische Union
  • Official site of the European People's Party (EPP), consisting of Christian Democratic and Conservative parties of Europe
  • [2], [3], [4], [5]

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