German political parties – what you need to know | Germany | News and in-depth reports from Berlin and beyond | DW

German political parties - what you need to know |  Germany | News and in-depth reports from Berlin and beyond |  DW

Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union (CSU)

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Presidents: Armin Laschet (CDU), Markus Söder (CSU)

Parliamentary responsible: Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU)

Members: 405,816

Voters: The CDU / CSU is popular with people over 60, practitioners, and those who live in rural rather than urban areas. The CDU has also traditionally been successful among small business owners and those with lower or middle education.

Result of the 2019 European elections: 28.9%

2017 Bundestag election result: 33% (246/709 seats)

Armin Laschet (left) and Markus Söder (right) lead the CDU and CSU respectively. But Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the dominant political figure of German conservatives

History: The CDU was founded in West Germany in 1950 in the aftermath of World War II as a rallying group for all German conservative Christian voters. It became the most dominant political force in the postwar period, uniting Germany and leading the government for 47 of those 67 years, alongside its sister Bavarian party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).

CDU Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, who ruled from 1949 to 1963, is closest to the Federal Republic of a founding father. It was Adenauer and his Minister of the Economy (and successor to Chancellor) Ludwig Erhard who presided over West Germany’s “economic miracle”. The party’s reputation as the rock of Germany’s moral and economic stability continued under another longtime CDU chancellor, Helmut Kohl, who led the German…

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