Christian Democratic Union of Germany

  • christian democratic union of germany

    christlich demokratische union deutschlands
    abbreviationcdu
    chairpersonannegret kramp-karrenbauer (outgoing)[1]
    vice chairpersonsvolker bouffier
    silvia breher
    julia klöckner
    armin laschet
    thomas strobl
    secretary generalpaul ziemiak
    founded26 june 1945; 74 years ago (1945-06-26)
    headquartersklingelhöferstraße 8 10785 berlin, germany
    newspaperunion
    youth wingyoung union
    membership (november 2019)decrease 407,350[2]
    ideologychristian democracy[3][4]
    liberal conservatism[5]
    pro-europeanism[6]
    factions:
    centrism[7][8]
    conservatism[9][10]
    national conservatism[11]
    economic liberalism[12][13]
    political positioncentre-right[14][15][16][17][18]
    national affiliationcdu/csu
    european affiliationeuropean people's party
    international affiliationcentrist democrat international
    international democrat union
    european parliament groupeuropean people's party
    colours     black (customary)
         red (logo)
         orange (flag)
                 black-red-gold (corporate design)[19]
    bundestag
    200 / 709
    bundesrat
    22 / 69
    state parliaments
    489 / 1,868
    european parliament
    23 / 96
    ministers-president of states
    6 / 16
    party flag
    cdu.de
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    the christian democratic union of germany (german: christlich demokratische union deutschlands or cdu; german pronunciation: [ˈkʁɪstlɪç ˌdemoˈkʁaːtɪʃə ʔuˈni̯oːn ˈdɔʏtʃlants]) is a christian-democratic,[3][4] liberal-conservative[5] political party in germany. it is the major catch-all party of the centre-right in german politics.[20][21] the cdu forms the cdu/csu grouping, also known as the union, in the bundestag with its bavarian counterpart the christian social union in bavaria (csu). founded in 1945 as an interdenominational christian party, the cdu effectively replaced the pre-war catholic centre party, but also included politicians of other backgrounds, liberal and conservative.[22] the party therefore claims to represent "christian-social, liberal and conservative" elements.[23]

    the leader of the cdu is annegret kramp-karrenbauer. she is the successor of former party leader angela merkel, the current chancellor of germany. on 10 february 2020, after several political scandals, kramp-karrenbauer announced she would resign from the party leadership.[1] the cdu is a member of the centrist democrat international, the international democrat union and the european people's party (epp).

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  • chairperson of the cdu, 1950–present
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Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
AbbreviationCDU
ChairpersonAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (outgoing)[1]
Vice ChairpersonsVolker Bouffier
Silvia Breher
Julia Klöckner
Armin Laschet
Thomas Strobl
Secretary GeneralPaul Ziemiak
Founded26 June 1945; 74 years ago (1945-06-26)
HeadquartersKlingelhöferstraße 8 10785 Berlin, Germany
NewspaperUnion
Youth wingYoung Union
Membership (November 2019)Decrease 407,350[2]
IdeologyChristian democracy[3][4]
Liberal conservatism[5]
Pro-Europeanism[6]
Factions:
Centrism[7][8]
Conservatism[9][10]
National conservatism[11]
Economic liberalism[12][13]
Political positionCentre-right[14][15][16][17][18]
National affiliationCDU/CSU
European affiliationEuropean People's Party
International affiliationCentrist Democrat International
International Democrat Union
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party
Colours     Black (customary)
     Red (logo)
     Orange (flag)
             Black-red-gold (corporate design)[19]
Bundestag
200 / 709
Bundesrat
22 / 69
State Parliaments
489 / 1,868
European Parliament
23 / 96
Ministers-president of states
6 / 16
Party flag
cdu.de

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany (German: Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands or CDU; German pronunciation: [ˈkʁɪstlɪç ˌdemoˈkʁaːtɪʃə ʔuˈni̯oːn ˈdɔʏtʃlants]) is a Christian-democratic,[3][4] liberal-conservative[5] political party in Germany. It is the major catch-all party of the centre-right in German politics.[20][21] The CDU forms the CDU/CSU grouping, also known as the Union, in the Bundestag with its Bavarian counterpart the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU). Founded in 1945 as an interdenominational Christian party, the CDU effectively replaced the pre-war Catholic Centre Party, but also included politicians of other backgrounds, liberal and conservative.[22] The party therefore claims to represent "Christian-social, liberal and conservative" elements.[23]

The leader of the CDU is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. She is the successor of former party leader Angela Merkel, the current Chancellor of Germany. On 10 February 2020, after several political scandals, Kramp-Karrenbauer announced she would resign from the party leadership.[1] The CDU is a member of the Centrist Democrat International, the International Democrat Union and the European People's Party (EPP).