Hermann Winkler

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Hermann Winkler
Hermann Winkler 02.JPG
Winkler in February 2014
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2009
Member of the Landtag of Saxony
In office
1990–2009
Personal details
Born (1963-04-22) 22 April 1963 (age 53)
Grimma, Germany
Nationality Germany
Political party  German:
Christian Democratic Union
 EU:
European People's Party
Alma mater Technical University of Magdeburg
Profession Mechanical Engineering
Religion Lutheran
Website http://www.hermann-winkler.eu/

Hermann Winkler (born 22 April 1963 in Grimma) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament.[1] He was elected on the CDU ticket and sits with the European People's Party group. From 2004 to 2007 he was Cabinet Minister and Head of the State Chancellery of Saxony.

Education and personal life[edit]

After his Abitur, Winkler entered the Technical University of Magdeburg to study mechanical engineering and graduated as Dipl.-Ing.. From 1988 to 1990 he worked as Engineer in the VEB Chemieanlagenbau Leipzig-Grimma.[2]

He is married and has two daughters.[3]

Political career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

In 1988, Hermann Winkler joined the Christian Democratic Union (East Germany).[2]

Winkler was chair of the Grimma Christian Democratic Union Municipal Association from 1990 to 1999, member of the CDU District Council of the Muldentalkreis from 1990 to 2007 (2005 to 2007 as chair) and is District Chair of the Leipzig CDU since 2007.[4]

In addition, Winkler was regional chair of the Youth Section of the CDU in Saxony (1992–1995) and Secretary-General of the Saxony CDU from 1998 to 2004.

In the years 1990–91 Winkler was Deputy Mayor of Grimma.

From 1990 to 2009, Winkler was Member of the Landtag of Saxony, the German state of Saxony's parliament.[5][6][7][8] and from 2004 to 2007 Cabinet Minister for European and State Affairs and Head of the State Chancellery of Saxony under Minister-President Georg Milbradt. In this capacity, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the publicly owned Landesbank Sachsen – at the time the smallest of Germany's Landesbanken – between 2006 and 2007, until its near-collapse and its subsequent sale to LBBW.[9] He also represented Saxony on the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) between 2005 and 2009.

Member of the European Parliament, 2009-present[edit]

For the 2009 European elections, Winkler was elected as top candidate of the CDU of Saxony.

During his first term as Member of the European Parliament between 2009 and 2014, he was a full member of the Committee on Regional Development and a substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. In addition, he was a member of the delegations to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.[1] Since 2014, he has been a full member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

In addition to his committee assignments, Winkler is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)[10] as well as of the European Parliament Intergroup on Creative Industries.[11]

Other activities[edit]

  • Saxony Regional Sport Association (LSB), President (1998–2004).[12]

Political positions[edit]

In October 2014, Winkler – alongside Rashida Dati – was one of only two members of the European People's Party Group who defied their own group and voted to reject the Juncker Commission’s confirmation.[13]

In June 2015, Winkler again was one of only two members of the EPP group – this time alongside Remo Sernagiotto – who opposed a tough resolution adopted by the European Parliament, in which the majority of MEPs appeal to the EU to reassess its relations with Russia in the context of the Ukraine crisis.[14]

Controversy[edit]

In 2015 Winkler reported to the police in Leipzig a painting shown in a degree show of students at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts. The painting depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel standing next to a masked person pointing a rifle at her head and was intended to symbolize the ambiguity of exercise of power. Winkler argued that he considered the painting to be “borderline and not exactly beautiful”.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hermann Winkler at the European Parliament". European Parliament (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Der Kandidat der sächsischen CDU - Hermann Winkler". MDR (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Personal CV" (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Leipziger CDU-Kreisvorsitzender Hermann Winkler auf dem Sprung ins Europaparlament" (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Results of the 1990 Parliament of Saxony Elections". Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Results of the 1994 Parliament of Saxony Elections". Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Results of the 1999 Parliament of Saxony Elections". Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Results of the 2004 Parliament of Saxony Elections". Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Hugh Williamson (April 15, 2008), Saxony premier resigns over Landesbank troubles Financial Times.
  10. ^ European Parliament Intergroup on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) European Parliament.
  11. ^ European Parliament Intergroup on Creative Industries European Parliament.
  12. ^ "20 Jahre Landessportbund Sachsen im Landtag gefeiert". Landessportbund Sachsen (in German). 25 September 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Dave Keating (October 23, 2014), Almost half of ECR MEPs defied group in Juncker vote European Voice.
  14. ^ European Parliament adopts tough resolution on Russia EurActiv, June 11, 2015.
  15. ^ Jennifer Stange and Marcus Engert (April 17, 2015), Merkel-Bild eines Leipziger Studenten: Ist das Kunst, oder muss das weg? Der Spiegel.

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