Stanislaw Tillich

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Stanislaw Tillich
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Minister President of Saxony
Assumed office
28 May 2008
Preceded by Georg Milbradt
President of the Bundesrat
In office
1 November 2015 – 31 October 2016
Preceded by Volker Bouffier
Succeeded by Malu Dreyer
Member of the European Parliament for Germany
In office
1994 – 1999
Personal details
Born (1959-04-10) 10 April 1959 (age 57)
Neudörfel (Nowa Wjeska), German Democratic Republic
Citizenship  Germany
Political party  German:
Christian Democratic Union
 EU:
European People's Party
Alma mater Dresden University of Technology
Profession Engineer
Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website www.stanislaw-tillich.de

Stanislaw Tillich (German pronunciation: [ˈstanɪslaf ˈtɪlɪç]; Upper Sorbian: Stanisław Tilich; born 10 April 1959) is a German CDU politician who is Minister President of Saxony since 2008. He was the President of the Bundesrat from 1 November 2015 until 31 October 2016. Tillich is of Sorbian ethnicity and lives in Panschwitz-Kuckau (Pančicy-Kukow), which is some 35 kilometres north-east of Dresden near Kamenz.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Neudörfel (Sorbian: Nowa Wjeska) near Kamenz (Sorbian: Kamjenc), Tillich studied construction and drive techniques at the Dresden University of Technology after finishing his Abitur at the Sorbian Gymnasium in Bautzen in 1977. He graduated from university with a Diplomingenieur degree in 1984. Tillich was an employee of the district administration of Kamenz between 1987 and 1989. Later he became an entrepreneur.

Political career[edit]

Stanislaw Tillich joined the Christian Democratic Union (East Germany) in 1987 and became a member of the CDU after German reunification in 1990. He was a member of the Volkskammer in 1990 and was delegated as an observer of the European Parliament between 1991 and 1994. He joined the European People's Party and was a member of the European Parliament between 1994 and 1999 where he was the Parliament’s rapporteur on the 1998 EU budget.[1]

Tillich has been a minister in the government of Saxony since 1999. He was State Minister for Federal and European Affairs until 2002 when he became State Minister and Head of the Staatskanzlei. In 2004 he became the Saxon State Minister for Environment and Agriculture. He became State Minister of Finance in 2007 and has been a member of the Landtag of Saxony since 2004.

Minister-President of Saxony, 2008-present[edit]

Tillich was proposed by Georg Milbradt on 14 April 2008 to become his successor as the Minister-President of Saxony. The Landtag of Saxony elected him on 28 May 2008. He is the first Sorbian head of government in more than thousand years of Sorbian-German coexistence in Saxony.

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 national elections, Tillich was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on economic affairs and energy policy, led by Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and Rainer Brüderle.

Since 2010, Tillich has been a member of the Christian Democratic Union’s 20-strong executive board.[2] By 2012, opinion polls put the backing of Tillich’s CDU at 44 percent, at the time the highest level of support in any of the 16 German federal states; this made commentators describe him as “Germany’s second most-powerful politician from the formerly Communist East“ after Chancellor Angela Merkel.[3]

Tillich participated in the exploratory talks between the CDU, CSU and SPD parties to form a coalition government under Merkel following the 2013 federal elections.[4]

Tillich won reelection in the 2014 state elections. Ahead of the elections, he had soon put an end to speculation that he might team up with the newly founded AfD, which the CDU instead attempted to characterize as a fringe movement that flirts with the far right.[5] At the time, Saxony was the first of three eastern regions to hold elections in a two-week span, with Brandenburg and Thuringia later rounding off the first set of electoral since Merkel won a third term.

As one of Saxony’s representatives at the Bundesrat, Tillich has been serving as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs since Oktober 2016. In addition, he is a member of the German-Russian Friendship Group set up in cooperation with the Russian Federation Council.

Other activities[edit]

  • ZDF, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Committee for the preparation of the Reformation anniversary 2017, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Leipzig 2015 – 1000th Anniversary, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Endowment for Culture of the Free State of Saxony (KdFS), Ex-Officio Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Frauenkirche Dresden Foundation, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Deutsches Museum, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS), Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Rotary International, Member

Personal life[edit]

Beside his native language Upper Sorbian, Tillich speaks fluent German, Czech and Polish. His wife, Veronika, is half-Polish, half-Sorbian. Her father was a forced laborer from Poland who settled in Lusatia after World War II and married a Sorbian woman. Tillich and his wife have two children.

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