Anja Karliczek

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Anja Maria-Antonia Karliczek (born Kerssen * 29. April 1971 in Ibbenbüren ) is a German banker , hotel management and business graduate and CDU - politician . She has been Federal Minister for Education and Research in the Merkel IV cabinet since March 14, 2018 . In the federal elections in 2013 and 2017 , Karliczek won the direct mandate in the constituency of Steinfurt III .


Anja Karliczek comes from the Brochterbeck hotelier family Kerssen. She grew up with her two brothers in the Tecklenburger Land , where her family has been running the Hotel Teutoburger Wald since 1902.

After attending the Brochterbeck Brother Klaus Primary School (today part of the Teutoburger Wald Primary School Association), she switched to the Goethe Gymnasium Ibbenbüren in 1981 , where she graduated from high school in 1990 . She then completed a two-year apprenticeship as a bank clerk at Deutsche Bank AG in Osnabrück , where she was taken on as an employee, but switched to the family-owned hotel in 1993. This was followed by an apprenticeship as a hotel manager with subsequent acquisition of a trainer qualification . From 1994 Anja Karliczek worked as a manager in the Ringhotel Teutoburger Wald run by her two brothers .

Karliczek has been married to the pilot Lothar Karliczek since 1995. The couple has three children. The family lives in the Brochterbeck district of Tecklenburg . Karliczek is Roman Catholic .

From 2003, Karliczek also completed a part-time course in business administration at the FernUniversität in Hagen , which she completed in 2008 with the academic degree of business administration graduate.

In addition to local politics, Karliczek was involved in the Brochterbeck Catholic parish of St. Peter and Paul, which was independent until 2005, among other things in the firm catechesis and at the Ibbenbürener Goethe-Gymnasium as head of the class attendance .


Anja Karliczek with MdL Wilfried Grunendahl (left) and MEP Markus Pieper during their federal election campaign in 2013 at a CDU event organized by the Mettingen branch.

Local politics and honorary positions

Anja Karliczek joined the CDU in 1998 through the Junge Union . Since 2004 she has been a member of the Tecklenburg city ​​council . In her first term, she chaired the Committee on Family, Seniors and Social Affairs. From 2004 to 2010 she chaired the general assembly of the Volkshochschul-Zweckverband Lengerich . After being re-elected in 2009, she was initially deputy chairman of the CDU parliamentary group before she was elected group chairman in 2011. She held this position until her resignation at the end of 2014. Since the beginning of 2011 she has succeeded Wilfried Grunendahl as the chairwoman of the Tecklenburg CDU city association.


In the candidacy for the 2013 federal election in the constituency of Steinfurt III , Anja Karliczek prevailed against Karl-Heinz Hagedorn and Heike Weiß within the CDU at the end of 2012. During the election campaign, she put her focus on economic , medium-sized and family policy and spoke out in favor of a better work-life balance as well as maternal pensions . In the 2013 federal election , Karliczek received 47.9% of the first votes and was able to win the constituency directly with a lead of 11.4 percentage points .

On January 24, 2017, Anja Karliczek was elected Parliamentary Managing Director at a meeting of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group , succeeding Michaela Noll , who had been elected Vice President of the German Bundestag .

For the federal election on September 24, 2017, Karliczek ran again for the CDU in its constituency 128 - Steinfurt III and won the direct mandate with 44.77% of the first votes.

Federal Minister and criticism

On March 14, 2018, Anja Karliczek was appointed Federal Minister for Education and Research in the Merkel IV cabinet. According to her own statement, the appointment surprised her. Der Spiegel and other media suspect that she got the office because "because she is a woman and Catholic - and comes from North Rhine-Westphalia". According to her own statement, she would like to counter her own unfamiliarity with the subject - Karliczek has so far mainly dealt with questions of financial policy - by "asking the right questions."

In June 2018, Karliczek's statement was criticized in an interview with the journal Spektrum der Wissenschaft that she had found an article “What is an algorithm ?” In the newspaper supplement Prisma to be “helpful” because “many researchers and academics constantly use the terms of which they cannot imagine that they are not everyday life for others. And the others often don't even dare to ask. ”This was sometimes understood as if she had only understood what algorithms were after reading the article.

Karliczek caused controversy in November 2018 with several controversial statements. In an interview with the broadcaster n-tv, for example, she criticized the way in which the decision to introduce same-sex marriage was brought about in Germany and explained the need for a long-term study on the development of children in homosexual partnerships. It is an “exciting research question” to “discuss this topic really long term”. This demand led to strong criticism, since these studies have been available in extensive quantities for a long time.

With regard to the expansion of the 5G mobile communications standard , Karliczek told the FAZ that 5G was “not necessary on every milk jug ”, and explained: “We now need basic 4G equipment ”. For this she was u. a. criticized by the German Farmers' Association , Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner and the later party chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (both also CDU) and Digital State Minister Dorothee Bär (CSU).

The Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) criticized Karliczek's plans to introduce new designations for professional qualifications with the titles “professional specialist”, “professional bachelor” and “professional master”. There is a risk that “these terms would be confused with university degrees,” said HRK President Peter-André Alt . Graduation designations should be "transparent and unambiguous" and should "not lead to confusion".

In February 2019, she replied in an interview with Der Spiegel that the planned increase in the flat-rate housing allowance from 250 to 325 euros for student loans in cities like Hamburg, Cologne or Munich will hardly be enough for a room: “You don't have to go to the most expensive cities go. "

Karliczek said that every technological progress should be ranked behind the Christian image of man.

In June 2019, the Ministry of Research led by Karliczek decided to fund a research center for battery development in Münster with 500 million euros. Karliczek was accused of choosing Münster because the city is in close proximity to its constituency, Ibbenbüren.

During the Corona pandemic in 2020 was Karliczek criticized for that they are against a student loan uttered -Öffnung for students whose part-time jobs were dropped because of the pandemic. In a letter to the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs , she justified her rejection by saying that the parliamentary legislative process required for this was taking too long. You don't have that time. Green politician Kai Gehring commented: "Karliczek wants to see students who are financially at the end of their lives because of the corona."


  • City association chairwoman of the CDU Tecklenburg
  • Member of the city council of Tecklenburg

Web links

Commons : Anja Karliczek  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Anja Karliczek's curriculum vitae on her website ; Retrieved September 21, 2013
  2. for the full name cf. Special issue: The candidates for election to the 18th German Bundestag 2013 . Information from the Federal Returning Officer, Wiesbaden 2013, pp. 93 and 201 ( PDF ( Memento from September 21, 2013 in the Internet Archive ))
  3. Personally - Anja Karliczek. Retrieved on March 14, 2019 (German).
  4. February 26, 2018: Karliczek's appointment is a signal - but a wrong one ( comment )
  5. Irja Most: Karliczek wins in the constituency Steinfurt III . Liveticker ( Memento from September 27, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) from ( Ibbenbürener Volkszeitung ) from September 22, 2013 (registration required ); Retrieved September 22, 2013
  6. Preliminary results of the 2017 Bundestag election in the constituency Steinfurt III - first votes , accessed on September 24, 2017
  7. a b Profile at the CDU-Stadtverband Tecklenburg ; Retrieved September 21, 2013
  8. a b Election 2013: Anja Karliczek, who was born in Ibbenburg, wants to go to the Bundestag , interview by Peter Henrichmann with Anja Karliczek. In: Ibbenbürener Volkszeitung , online version of January 27, 2013 (registration required ) with video on local television mazzTV ; Retrieved September 22, 2013
  9. ^ NN (press release): Current topics under discussion . In: Westfälische Nachrichten , online version ( Memento from September 28, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) from March 25, 2003 in the Westline local archive; Retrieved September 22, 2013
  10. NN: “Goethe” says no to the bound all-day school . In: Ibbenbürener Volkszeitung , online version ( Memento from September 28, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) from September 26, 2008 in the Westline local archive; Retrieved September 22, 2013
  11. ^ NN (press release): Reiner Deutsch takes over the chair . In: Westfälische Nachrichten , online version ( Memento from September 28, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) from January 14, 2010; Retrieved September 22, 2013
  12. ^ NN (press release): Anja Karliczek leads the CDU parliamentary group . In: Westfälische Nachrichten , online version of February 27, 2011; Retrieved September 22, 2013
  13. - CDU parliamentary group elects Egbert Friedrich as the new parliamentary group chairman. Retrieved August 19, 2017 .
  14. ^ Anja Karliczek is the new chairman of the CDU-Stadtverband Tecklenburg , report of the CDU-Stadtverband Tecklenburg from January 19, 2011; Retrieved September 22, 2013
  15. Achim Giersberg: A narrow lead for Anja Karliczek. CDU chooses Bundestag candidate for Steinfurt III . In: Westfälische Nachrichten of December 10, 2012, online version of December 9, 2012; Retrieved September 22, 2013
  16. Karliczek's political focus on her internet presence ; Retrieved September 22, 2013
  17. ^ NN (press release): Election campaign - The candidate Anja Karliczek: For mother's pension and education . In: Westfälische Nachrichten , online version from July 25, 2013; Retrieved September 22, 2013
  18. Constituency results for the 2013 federal election, constituency 128
  19. ^ Karliczek new parliamentary managing director of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group . In: Politics & Communication . January 27, 2017 ( [accessed July 26, 2017]).
  20. Ruth Jacobus: Anja Karliczek wants to stay in Berlin . In: Westfälische Nachrichten . August 18, 2016 ( [accessed July 26, 2017]).
  21. Preliminary results of the 2017 Bundestag election in the constituency Steinfurt III - first votes , accessed on September 24, 2017
  22. Biography at the German Bundestag. German Bundestag , accessed on March 26, 2018 .
  23. a b Verena Töpper: Anja Karliczek: "My educational path is the way it is". Spiegel Online , March 9, 2018, accessed September 18, 2018 . Karliczek surprised by ministerial office. n-tv , accessed on September 18, 2018 .
  24. Thomas Görger: Interview with Anja Karliczek, CDU. February 26, 2018, accessed September 18, 2018 .
  25. “Do you know» Prisma «, this newspaper supplement? It's in our home, and I recently read an article, Title: What is an algorithm? I found that helpful. Many researchers and academics are constantly using terms that they cannot imagine that are not everyday life for others. And the others often don't even dare to ask. ”From “ It annoys me that a day is over quickly ” (Interview on from June 11, 2018), accessed on December 15, 2018.
    Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek irritates the universities . In: Der Tagesspiegel , July 20, 2018, accessed on December 15, 2018
  26. Why Anja Karliczek is currently receiving so much criticism . In: Südwestpresse, November 23, 2018, accessed December 15, 2018
  27. Klamroth's counter-attack: Karliczek for a study on children in gay marriages In: n-tv , November 20, 2018
  28. Karliczek for study on children in homosexual marriages. n-tv , accessed November 22, 2018 . Education Minister Karliczek causes horror with statements about "marriage for all". Focus Online , accessed November 22, 2018 . Criticism of Karliczek because of comments on marriage for everyone In: Der Tagesspiegel , November 22, 2018, accessed on December 15, 2018

  29. Super-fast mobile communications: "5G is not necessary on every milk jug" In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , November 21, 2018
  30. TKG | Union and SPD are for national roaming by law . In: , November 23, 2018, accessed December 15, 2018
    5G not on every milk jug? Althusmann contradicts Karliczek . In: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung , November 25, 2018, accessed on December 15, 2018
    "Not yet arrived in 2018". Education Minister Karliczek continues to be criticized. Spiegel Online , November 25, 2018, accessed December 15, 2018 .
  31. "Vocational Master"? - The universities don't think so . In: Die Welt , November 18, 2018, accessed on December 15, 2018
    Criticism of Karliczek's planned reform of training qualifications
    . (No longer available online.) Deutschlandfunk , November 18, 2018, archived from the original on November 25, 2018 ; accessed on December 15, 2018 . Is the master butcher coming now? . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , November 20, 2018, accessed on December 15, 2018
  32. ^ Armin Himmelrath: Minister of Education Anja Karliczek: The invisible . In: Spiegel Online . February 12, 2019 ( [accessed March 19, 2019]).
  33. ^ Speech by the Federal Minister for Education and Research, Anja Karliczek ,. Retrieved May 3, 2019 .
  34. Decision on university pact: Minister of Education under pressure to succeed. Retrieved May 4, 2019 .
  35. Karliczek allegedly ignored expert opinion. Retrieved July 20, 2019 .
  36. Students without money: Minister of Education against the opening of student loans. In: Bonner Generalanzeiger. April 17, 2020, accessed April 20, 2020 .