Peter Tauber

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Peter Tauber
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Parliamentary State Secretary for Defence
Assumed office
14 March 2018
MinisterUrsula von der Leyen
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Preceded byRalf Brauksiepe
Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union
In office
5 April 2014 – 26 February 2018
LeaderAngela Merkel
Preceded byHermann Gröhe
Succeeded byAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Member of the Bundestag
for Main-Kinzig – Wetterau II – Schotten
Assumed office
22 September 2013
Preceded byConstituency established
Member of the Bundestag
for Hanau
In office
27 September 2009 – 22 September 2013
Preceded bySascha Raabe
Succeeded byKatja Leikert
Personal details
Born (1974-08-22) 22 August 1974 (age 45)
Frankfurt, West Germany (now Germany)
Political partyChristian Democratic Union
Alma materGoethe University

Peter Michael Tauber (born 22 August 1974) is a German politician of the CDU party serving since 2009 as a member of the Bundestag. From 16 December 2013 to 26 February 2018 he served as Secretary General of the CDU.

Early life and education[edit]

After high school diploma in 1994 in Gelnhausen Tauber studied Medieval and Modern History, German Philology, and Political Science at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. In 2000 he finished his studies as a Magister Artium with distinction.

From 2000 to 2001, Tauber was a research fellow at Goethe University. From 2001 to 2003 he was State General Manager of the Junge Union in Hesse, since 2003 he was chairman of the Junge Union in Hesse. From 2003 to 2004 he was personal advisor of the Hessian Culture Minister Karin Wolff in the state government of Minister-President Roland Koch. In 2007 he attained a doctorate with Lothar Gall. On a scholarship of Hanns Seidel Foundation, he wrote his thesis about the social position and ideological functionalisation of sports in the German Kaiserreich.

From 2008 until the federal elections in 2009 Tauber was press spokesman of Deutsche Vermögensberatung. In 2008 he also became a lecturer at the history department of the Goethe University.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Tauber became a member of the Junge Union in 1991, and he joined the CDU in 1992. From 1993 to 2007 he was City Councillor in Wächtersbach. Since 2005 he also was a member of the county council (Kreistag) of the Main-Kinzig-Kreis. 2008 he was elected board member of CDU Hesse.

Tauber has been a member of the German Bundestag since the 2009 federal elections. During his first term in parliament, he served on the Committee on Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as well as on the Committee on Labour and Social Affairs. In this capacity, he was his parliamentary group’s rapporteur on the Federal Volunteers Service, intergenerational justice and Intersex.

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of the Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 federal elections, Tauber was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on cultural and media affairs, led by Michael Kretschmer and Klaus Wowereit.

Secretary General of the CDU, 2013–2018[edit]

On 16 December 2013, Tauber was appointed preliminarily as Secretary General of the CDU by the party’s chairwoman Angela Merkel; he succeeded Hermann Gröhe, who had been appointed Health Minister after the elections. On 5 April 2014, he was formally elected on the CDU federal party convention, with a record result of 97 percent. Tauber stated after his election that the CDU needed more young people, more women and more migrants within its ranks.[1]

In the negotiations to form a coalition government with the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Green Party following the 2017 national elections, Tauber would have been part of the 19-member delegation of the CDU, had it not been for a serious illness with emergency surgery. In February 2018 he tendered his resignation as his party's Secretary General,[2] to be succeeded by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Defense, 2018–present[edit]

Following the 2017 elections, Tauber was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defence, under the leadership of minister Ursula von der Leyen.

Other activities[edit]

Political positions and controversies[edit]

Telecommunications data retention[edit]

Until 2013, Tauber was considered to be an opponent of telecommunications data retention,[5][6] whereas the majority in his party wanted to introduce a new bill,[7] but this was impossible because from 2009 to 2013 the CDU was in coalition with the FDP, that was opposed to telecommunications data retention. But in December 2013 the CDU formed a Grand coalition with the SPD and Tauber had been nominated as general secretary of the CDU on 16 December 2013 and since January 2014 Tauber had changed his position and actively supported a new bill against a reluctant Minister of Justice from the SPD.[8] In October 2015 the bill was approved by the Bundestag and in November 2015 by the Bundesrat of Germany and is now law.

"Operation Kaninchenjagd"[edit]

Operation Kaninchenjagd ("Operation rabbit hunting") is one of two titles of an anonymous paper[9] that became public in September 2016 and led to accusations against the politician Peter Tauber. It is alleged that Tauber – who was at that time member of the CDU and the (regional) chairman of the Young Union in Hesse – was involved in (attempted) bullying of another member and employee of the Christian Democratic Party.

Insulting mini jobbers[edit]

In July 2017, Tauber argued that someone who has a proper education does not have to work as a so-called mini jobber (marginal employment). This statement was criticized heavily by other politicians, the media and trades unions. In Germany, millions of workers are dependent on this type of employment to make a living due to economic liberalization implemented a decade ago.[10][11][12][13]


  1. ^ Tauber ist neuer CDU-Generalsekretär, Frankfurter Allgemeine, in German
  2. ^ CDU General Secretary Peter Tauber to announce resignation,, 18 February 2018
  3. ^ Board Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk.
  4. ^ Board of Trustees Jewish Museum Berlin.
  5. ^ Der neue CDU-General gibt den Jungen eine Stimme (The new CDU General secretary gives the young people a voice), Google-translation, Source: Die Welt, 15 December 2013)
  6. ^ Früher Gegner, jetzt Fan der Vorratsdatenspeicherung: Peter Tauber, CDU-Generalsekretär (Formerly opponent, now fan of data retention: Peter Tauber, CDU General Secretary), Google-translation, Source:, 11 May 2015
  7. ^ The old law from 2008 had been declared unconstitutional by the Bundesverfassungsgericht of Germany in 2010
  8. ^ Große Koalition: CDU-Generalsekretär mahnt SPD zu Disziplin (Grand coalition: CDU general secretary calls on SPD to maintain discipline), Google-translation, Quelle: Der Spiegel, 10 January 2014
  9. ^ The paper consists of 8 pages with the title Operation Kaninchenjagd ("Operation rabbit hunting") and an additional cover page with the sole title Pflegehinweise für das Kaninchen ("Care instructions for the rabbit").
  10. ^ Germany, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg. "CDU-Generalsekretär: Tauber löst mit arrogantem Tweet Shitstorm aus - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Politik". SPIEGEL ONLINE. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Der Tag mit Thea Dorn - Vollbeschäftigung wichtiger als Gerechtigkeit?". Deutschlandfunk Kultur (in German). Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  12. ^ Tönnesmann, Jens (5 July 2017). "Peter Tauber: Drei Minijobs? Vergiss es!". Die Zeit (in German). ISSN 0044-2070. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  13. ^ Rundschau, Frankfurter. "Twitter: Peter Tauber vertippt sich gewaltig". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 23 August 2017.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hermann Gröhe
Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Union
Succeeded by
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer