Volker Kauder

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Volker Kauder

Volker Kauder (born 3 September 1949 in Hoffenheim) is a German CDU politician. He finished school in 1969 in Singen.

Political career[edit]

Kauder became a member of Junge Union in the age of 17, 1991 he became Secretary General of Baden-Würtemberg CDU until the resignation of Erwin Teufel 2005.

Kauder has been a member of parliament since 1990. He became Secretary General of the CDU in early 2005 before being elected chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag following the 2005 federal elections. Kauder is frequently referred to as the "right hand" of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and is one of the most prominent politicians of his party and one with the most influence.[1][2] Most of his elections within his party he won with overwhelming majorities.

In parliament, Kauder serves on the Committee on the Election of Judges (Wahlausschuss), which is in charge of appointing judges to the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

Political positions[edit]

Gay Marriage[edit]

In an interview with the German Frankfurter Rundschau in December 2010, he argued against the right of adoption for homosexual couples, his reasoning being that he doesn't "believe that children would like to get raised in a homosexual partnership".[3] His position regarding this topic was explained by several German media outlets with his closeness to the evangelical organisation Deutsche Evangelische Allianz.[4]

After the ruling of the German constitutional court on May 2013 [5] regarding tax benefits for married couples, Kauder expressed that with his party, there won't be an equality of traditionally married couples and homosexual partnerships.[6]

Sex and the Law[edit]

In September 2013 Claudia Roth of the green party criticized Kauder for his voting against the criminal liability of rape within a marriage in 1997.[7]

Corruption[edit]

Kauder has voted no on proposals against parliamental corruption. He did so again in Spring 2013.[8]

Weapons exports[edit]

Volker Kauder has been criticised for supporting exports of the Germany company Heckler & Koch and for helping with the handling of order. The newspaper Die Zeit names Kauder a heavy supporter [9]

Religion[edit]

Kauder is strictly against recognising Islam as an equal religion within Germany. In an interview with Der Spiegel Kauder replied to the question if Islam is a part of Germany with: "No, Muslims are a part of Germany, Islam is not."[10]

In response to increasing numbers of people leaving organised religion, Kauder also criticized the churches in Germany for not proselytizing enough.[11]

Data Protection[edit]

Kauder did not want a publicly accessible investigation into the claims of US surveillance of chancelour Merkel's mobile phone, insisting that only a secretly operating committee can effectively handle the issue.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Merkels rechte Hand Merkels right hand, article in focus online of 22. of December 2004.
  2. ^ Portrait on n-tv
  3. ^ „Kinder wollen keine homosexuellen Eltern““ in Frankfurter Rundschau online, 19. December 2010, last accessed on 21. Dezember 2010
  4. ^ Laizismus in Deutschland Die religiöse Zumutung, taz.de, 21. December 2010
  5. ^ http://www.bverfg.de/entscheidungen/rs20130507_2bvr090906.html
  6. ^ http://mobil.stern.de/politik/deutschland/nach-bvg-urteil-union-will-steuerliche-gleichbehandlung-fuer-homo-paare-2021874.html
  7. ^ FAZ: Roth wirft Union Scheinheiligkeit vor, from 17. September 2013
  8. ^ Gesetz gegen Abgeordneten-Korruption: Ausgebremst vom eigenen Bruder, by Robert Roßmann, Süddeutsche, 8. April 2013
  9. ^ Artikel „Planet der Waffen“ in Die Zeit, Nr.19 from 3. Mai 2007, Page .17, 18 and 20 by Alexander Bühler and Kerstin Kohlenberg.
  10. ^ Template:Der Spiegel
  11. ^ Sinkende Mitgliederzahlen Kauder liest Kirchen die Leviten, sueddeutsche.de, 24. August 2011
  12. ^ http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/union-lehnt-untersuchungsausschuss-zu-nsa-spaehskandal-ab-a-930127.html

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Laurenz Meyer
Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany
2005
Succeeded by
Ronald Pofalla
Preceded by
Angela Merkel
Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group
2005–present
Incumbent