|Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development
28 October 2009
|Preceded by||Wolfgang Tiefensee|
10 February 1954 |
|Political party||Christian Social Union in Bavaria|
|Alma mater||Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich|
Peter Ramsauer (born 10 February 1954) is a German politician of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), currently serving as Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development in the Second Merkel cabinet. He has been described as the self-appointed "shepherd" of the German language; seeking to purify it especially of English loanwords.
Ramsauer was born in the Upper Bavarian village of Traunwalchen, since 1978 part of Traunreut. He completed his Abitur at the Staatliches Landschulheim Marquartstein gymnasium in 1973 and studied business economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he obtained his Diploma in 1979 and his PhD in 1985. Ramsauer has also qualified as a professional miller in accordance with the traditional occupation of his ancestry.
Ramsauer joined the conservative Young Union (JU) youth organisation in 1972 and the CSU in 1973. He was elected Bavarian vice chairman of the JU in 1983 and vice chairman of the CSU in 2008.
In 1978 Ramsauer obtained a seat in the municipal diet (Stadtrat) of Traunreut and in 1984 became a member of the district assembly of Traunstein. He ran successfully in the 1990 federal election and has been a member of the Bundestag parliament since then, from 1998 to 2005 as CSU Chief Whip of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. In the recent 2009 election Ramsauer was re-elected by 54.6% of the votes cast.
On 29 October 2009 Ramsauer was appointed Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development at the behest of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- http://www.economist.com/news/business/21580180-willkommen-linguistic-purity-no-denglisch German business and English: No Denglisch
- Oder-Neisse-Grenze: Auch Ramsauer stimmte gegen Anerkennung. In: FR Online, 17. November 2009.
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