Talk:Ludwig Erhard

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CDU party membership[edit]

See (german) and others. There is a certain suspicion that Erhard never was a member of CDU. --Constructor 11:10, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

The official CDU membership of Erhard is an open question for many years. The current discussion does seem more a "Loch Ness" debate.It can be .. but it cannot be too. Regarding the historic facts this story belongs more to the section "Trivia" -- 10:49, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

German chancellors aren't regared as being (in this particular case) the "28th chancellor of Germany", they are rather considered being the "2nd Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany". No one would call Konrad Adenauer the 27th chancellor, he is the 1st. This is the same to every chancellor of post second world war Germany. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:42, 1 February 2008 (UTC)


In the Economics Minister section it isn't explained that in Erhard's time Neoliberalism hadn't the same sense than today, being closer to Ordoliberalism/German Liberalism and it was neo in the same sense that Social liberalism was a new liberalism in relation to Classical liberalism. The Mont Perelin society broke into a Freiburg and an Austrian school faction which is why it included classical and neoliberals like Mises and Hayek. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:19, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

Chancellor, 1963-66[edit]

"Erhard believed the major world problems were soluble through free trade and the economic unity of Europe (as a prerequisite for political unification); he alienated French president Charles de Gaulle, who wanted the opposite."

What does that mean? Earlier in the Economics Minister section is says "He was deeply critical of a bureaucratic-institutional integration of Europe on the model of the European Coal and Steel Community." It is contradictory. The opposite of what did de Gaulle want? Supporting the economic and political unity of Europe is arguably the same as supporting the ECSC, which it says he strongly opposed. This could all be a lot clearer.Wpalfreman (talk) 07:37, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

1948 economic problems and unrest[edit]

There is no mention of the 1948 protests, unrest and general strike which are generally thought to have been a reaction to the high inflation and unemployment arising shortly after the introduction of the Deutschmark and removal of price controls (see or the German page on Erhard). This results in a severely biased presentation of Erhard's policies as an uninterrupted success story. Tdent (talk) 19:25, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Life and Work[edit]

I removed the following statement

(1) On the other hand he signed off his letters with 'Heil Hitler!'[citation needed] and he (2) embraced annexationist policies that continued to influence his economic policies as finance minister and chancellor during the postwar period.

If (1) is true it should not be too difficult to find a source for that, in which case it should be reinstated. But context is important here, and standalone and unsourced it is simply a defamation. (2) again, this is OK if this is sourced, but standalone it is not clear what the annexationist policies are, and how they influenced his politics; without source / explanation this is defamatory

Erhard's seat in the Bundestag[edit]

He obviously had one, so which one was it? Was he elected from a constituency or on a state list? Lockesdonkey (talk) 18:14, 20 December 2015 (UTC)

Minister of Economics, not Minister of Finance[edit]

Erhard was Minister of Economics, not Minister of Finance. Yanis Varoufakis writes in his book titled And the weak suffer what they must? that Erhard was Adenauer's finance minister. Well, I guess I know which source Varoufakis used. ;-) --Zaunkoeniglich (talk) 18:44, 29 July 2017 (UTC)