Theo Waigel

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Theo Waigel
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Theo Waigel in 2012.
Federal Minister of Finance
 Germany
In office
21 April 1989 – 27 October 1998
Preceded by Gerhard Stoltenberg
Succeeded by Oskar Lafontaine
Personal details
Born (1939-04-22) 22 April 1939 (age 75)
Ursberg, Germany
Nationality  Germany
Political party Christian Social Union (CSU)
Alma mater University of Würzburg
Profession Lawyer

Theodor "Theo" Waigel (born 22 April 1939) is a German politician of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria.

Waigel is a lawyer, and earned a doctorate in 1967. He was a member of the Bundestag from 1972 to 2002. He served as Federal Minister of Finance of Germany in the Cabinet of Chancellor Helmut Kohl from 1989 to 1998, and as Chairman of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria from 1989[1] to 1999. He is known as the father of the Euro, the European currency.[2] He played a vital role in its introduction as German Minister of Finance. In 2009, he was appointed Honorary Chairman of the CSU.

In 2011, a commentator seeing Germany forced perhaps to choose between monetary stability, on the one hand, and the EMU, recalled by way of contrast Waigel's statement at the founding, “We are bringing the d-mark into Europe.”[3]

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