Reiner Haseloff

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Reiner Haseloff
Reiner Haseloff (Martin Rulsch) 09.jpg
Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt
Assumed office
19 April 2011
Deputy Jens Bullerjahn
Petra Grimm-Benne
Preceded by Wolfgang Böhmer
Personal details
Born (1954-02-19) 19 February 1954 (age 64)
Bülzig, East Germany
Political party Christian Democratic Union
Alma mater Dresden University of Technology
Humboldt University of Berlin

Reiner Haseloff (born 19 February 1954 in Bülzig, Kreis Wittenberg, Bezirk Halle) is a German politician who serves as the Minister President of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt.[1] A scientist like Chancellor Angela Merkel, he was widely considered as one of her closest party allies,[2] but distanced himself from her during the European migrant crisis.[3]

Political career[edit]

From 2002 to 2006, Haseloff served as State Secretary at the State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour under minister Horst Rehberger in the first cabinet of Minister-President Wolfgang Böhmer. In 2006, he succeeded Rehberger and became a member of Böhmer’s second cabinet.

In the negotiations to form a coalition government of the Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) following the 2009 federal elections, Haseloff was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on labour and social affairs, led by Ronald Pofalla and Dirk Niebel.

Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt, 2011–present[edit]

When Böhmer announced his resignation ahead of the 2011 state elections, Haseloff was the candidate of the CDU. He had already gained national attention by proposing that unemployed people who had no job prospects work for the public interest, a plan that since then has been adopted in a number of federal states.[4]

From 2014 and 2016, Haseloff was one of the members of Germany’s temporary National Commission on the Disposal of Radioactive Waste.[5]

During the European migrant crisis, in November 2015, Haseloff kept distance to Angela Merkel by proposing an "upper limit" (German: Obergrenze) of refugees as the CSU party did, for the state as well as on federal level.[3] At the same time he didn't join a proposal of fellow CDU 2016 state election campaigners Julia Klöckner and Guido Wolf for flexible daily quotas for refugee inflows into Germany, which was a step beyond Merkel’s "open-doors" policy but not as far as the CSU party, reportedly in deference to his SPD coalition partner in the state government. Haseloff said, the chancellor "elaborately fought for a European solution" in the refugee crisis, but this was "out of sight".[6]

In the 2016 state elections, Haseloff was able to keep power in Saxony-Anhalt, with his CDU taking approximately 29 percent of the vote[7] and thereby remaining the largest party in the state parliament,[8] but faced a strong AfD right wing opposition. Haseloff stated after the elections that "the actual rise, which came for the AfD in the polls has a city name: It's Cologne."[9] He explained that the rise of the votes for his party in the state came because "we at least did nothing wrong as a Christian Democratic Union here in Saxony-Anhalt."[9] Following the elections, Saxony-Anhalt became the first of the German states to be governed by a triple coalition of CDU, SPD and the Green Party. On 25 April 2016 Haseloff was re-elected in parliament as minister president of the state during a second ballot, where he managed to gain one vote more than the coalition majority.[10]

Role in national politics[edit]

As one of the state's representatives at the Bundesrat, Haseloff serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Within his party, Haseloff has been part of the CDU’s national leadership team around chairwoman Angela Merkel since 2008. He served as a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2017. In the negotiations to form a so-called Grand Coalition under Chancellor Merkel following the 2013 federal elections, he was part of the CDU/CSU delegation’s leadership team. In the – unsuccessful – 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, Haseloff was part of the 19-member delegation of the CDU.

Other activities[edit]

  • Deutsches Museum, Member of the Board of Trustees[11]
  • Central Committee of German Catholics, Member[12]
  • Committee for the preparation of the Reformation anniversary 2017, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN), President (2006-2011)
  • International Building Exhibition (IBA) Urban Redevelopment 2010, Member of the Board of Trustees[13]



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Preceded by
Wolfgang Böhmer
Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt