|Secretary General||Stefan Evers|
|executive Director||Dirk Reitze|
|Honorary Chairman||Eberhard Diepgen|
|Establishment date||November 13, 1945|
|Place of foundation||Berlin|
|Number of members||12,220 (as of end of June 2017)|
Between 1953 and 1955, 1981 to 1989 and from 1991 to 2001 the party provided the Governing Mayor of Berlin and thus the head of government of the State of Berlin. After the death of the governing mayor Otto Suhr ( SPD ) on August 30, 1957, his deputy, Mayor Franz Amrehn (CDU) carried out the official business of the governing mayor until Willy Brandt (SPD) was elected as the new incumbent on October 3, 1957 that the Berlin CDU provisionally led the Berlin state government for this period. From 1963 to 1981 and from 2001 to 2011, the regional association was in opposition. After five years in government as a junior partner, the CDU has taken on this role again since 2016.
The current state chairman is Kai Wegner .
The Presidium is made up of the state chairman, his up to four deputies, the general secretary , the state treasurer , the representative, the chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Berlin House of Representatives and the governing mayor, insofar as he belongs to the CDU.
Further members are up to twelve assessors, the members of the federal board organized in the Berlin regional association and the honorary chairman .
In an advisory role, the state managing directors, the chairmen of the associations and district associations, the Berlin members of the German Bundestag and the European Parliament and, if they are members of the CDU, also the president or vice-presidents of the Berlin House of Representatives and the mayors of Berlin took part in the meetings of the state executive committee.
The current state board of the CDU Berlin, which is elected every two years, has been in office since May 2019.
|Bureau||State Chairman||Kai Wegner|
|Secretary General||Stefan Evers|
|Deputy State Chair||Frank Balzer , Falko Liecke , Cerstin Richter-Kotowski , Manja Schreiner|
|State Treasurer||Jan-Marco Luczak|
|Member representative||Ottilie Klein|
|Group leader in the House of Representatives||Burkard Dregger|
|other members||Assessor||Ulrike Billerbeck, Ayten Erdil, Clemens Escher, Cornelia Flader, Monika Grütters , Wilfried Nünthel, Ralf Olschewski, Lucas Schaal, Sabine Schumann, Judith Stückler, Kurt Wansner , Björn Wohlert|
|Honorary Chairman||Eberhard Diepgen|
|advisory members||Country Managing Director||Dirk Reitze|
|Chairmen of the associations||Christian Gräff , Martin Bach-Sliwinski, Arne Herz, Christopher Lawniczak, Uwe Schmidt, Claudia Skrobek, Edeltraut Töpfer|
|District Chairperson||Mario Czaja , Florian Graf , Klaus-Dieter Gröhler , Thomas Heilmann , Timur Husein, Gottfried Ludewig , Maik Penn , Sven Rissmann|
|Vice-President of the House of Representatives||Cornelia Seibeld|
|Berlin members of the German Bundestag||Frank Steffel|
|Berlin member of the European Parliament||Hildegard Bentele|
Structure of the regional association
The regional association of the CDU Berlin is currently divided into 12 regional associations with their 83 local associations, geographically based on the respective administrative districts.
In addition, it currently maintains seven recognized associations as well as eight working groups, 15 forums and 24 regional technical committees.
The political work mostly takes place in the forums and state committees. Both members and non-members can participate in the forums.
|District association||District Chairman||Local chapter|
|Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf||Klaus-Dieter Gröhler||Old Wilmersdorf|
|Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg||Timur Husein||Boxhagener Platz|
|center||Sven Rissmann||Bernauer Street|
|Prenzlauer Berg East|
|At the Panke|
|Reinickendorf||Frank Balzer||At the Schäfersee|
|Heiligensee, Konradshöhe and Tegelort|
|Steglitz-Zehlendorf||Thomas Heilmann||Steglitz center|
|Steglitz south end|
|Nikolassee - Schlachtensee - Krumme Lanke|
|Tempelhof-Schöneberg||Florian Graf||Old Tempelhof|
|Mariendorf / Marienfelde|
|Young Union (JU)||Christopher Lawniczak|
|Women's Union (FU)||Edeltraut potter|
|Christian Democratic Workforce (CDA)||Claudia Skrobek|
|Local Political Association (KPV)||Arne heart|
|SME and Business Association (MIT)||Christian Graeff|
|East and Central German Association (OMV)||Martin Bach-Sliwinski|
|Seniors Union||Uwe Schmidt|
|Working Group of Christian Democratic Jurists (ACDJ)||Robert Seegmüller|
|Berlin Student Union (BSU)||Endrik Schulze|
|Evangelical working group of the CDU / CSU Berlin-Brandenburg (EAK)||Günter Nooke|
|Lesbians and Gays in the Union (LSU)||Mario Röllig|
|Network of emigrants||Georg Dege|
|Police working group in the Berlin CDU (PolAK)||Peter Trapp|
|Ring of Christian Democratic Students (RCDS)||Dennis incense|
|Europe and Foreign Policy||Stefan Evers|
|Finance, administration and human resources||Erik Nils Voigt|
|Health and care||Gottfried Ludewig|
|Integration, work and social issues||Dagmar King|
|Youth, family and seniors||Christina Schwarzer|
|Justice and consumer protection||Jan-Marco Luczak|
|Urban development||Matthias Brauner|
|Environment and traffic||Siegfried Brockmann|
|Economy and energy||Dieter Flämig|
|Science and Research||Adrian Grasse|
State technical committees
|State technical committee||Chair|
|Work and social||Dirk Gerstle|
|Energy (climate protection)||Dieter Flämig|
|Europe and Foreign Policy||Hildegard Bentele|
|Health and care||Christian Burholt|
|Budget and finance||Christian Goiny|
|Youth, family and seniors||Falko Liecke|
|Creative industries||Martin Eyerer|
|Media policy||Christian Goiny|
|Social city||Andreas Wunderlich|
|Urban development||Stefan Evers|
|Consumer protection||Sabine Toepfer-Kataw|
|Administration and staff||Erik Nils Voigt|
|Science and Research||Alan Cadmus|
State Party Court
On June 26, 1945, the Berlin founding call for the formation of a large, non-denominational party appeared. On November 13, 1945, the Berlin regional association of the CDU was founded. The journalist Karl Brammer became the first chairman for a short transition period . Brammer was followed in 1946 by the co-founder of the Free University Kurt Landsberg, who held the office of party leader until 1947. Walther Schreiber followed him in office.
In the election for the city council of Greater Berlin in 1946 , the CDU was the second strongest force with 22.2% behind the SPD , but ahead of the SED . The CDU subsequently joined a coalition with the SPD and LDP . Even in the election for the city council of Greater Berlin in 1948 , the CDU was able to form the second largest parliamentary group with 19.4% of the vote and 26 seats.
Division of the Berlin CDU
On February 10, 1948, the CDU Berlin was split up because, on the instructions of the Soviets, the Berlin regional association of the CDU was spun off from the CDU association in the Soviet occupation zone . On November 30, 1948, Berlin was divided .
In the election on December 5, 1948 of a city council meeting restricted to West Berlin, which became necessary as a result of the split , the CDU sank to 19.4 percent of the vote, while the SPD under Ernst Reuter with 64.5% achieved its best result to date in Berlin scored. Due to the crisis situation caused by the blockade, the coalition of SPD, CDU and LDP was continued despite the absolute majority of the SPD.
The time as a junior partner in the all-party government (1950–1953)
In the election for the Berlin House of Representatives in 1950, the SPD, CDU and FDP were each able to form a parliamentary group . The CDU was able to achieve 24.7% of the votes under its then top candidate Walther Schreiber. Together with the FDP, which had 23.1% of the vote, mathematically an absolute mandate majority for a black-yellow coalition would have resulted. However, both Schreiber and the SPD politician Ernst Reuter ran for the office of governing mayor in the House of Representatives . However, when both candidates missed an absolute majority with 62 votes each, Schreiber renounced the position of mayor in favor of Reuters and an all-party government was formed , in which Schreiber became deputy head of the state government. During this time, Schreiber gave up his position as CDU state chairman to Robert Tillmanns .
Walther Schreiber's government (1953–1955)
After Reuter's death on September 29, 1953, the red-black-yellow government coalition broke up . Instead, Christian Democrats and Liberals now formed a black and yellow government alliance led by Schreiber, while the Social Democrats went into the opposition. As governing mayor, Schreiber campaigned for an increase in federal aid for Berlin.
Junior partner in a grand coalition (1955–1961)
A year later, the SPD reached in the House of Representatives election an absolute majority of mandates . Despite the absolute majority in the mandate, the top candidate of the Social Democrats, Otto Suhr , offered the CDU coalition negotiations. As a result, a grand coalition was formed. In the Suhr Senate , Franz Amrehn took over the deputy head of government as mayor. Even under Suhr's successor Willy Brandt , Amrehn retained this position in his first Senate . In addition, after Otto Suhr's death on August 30, 1957, until Willy Brandt was elected, Amrehn took over the official duties of the governing mayor of Berlin.
In 1955 Ernst Lemmer was elected as the new state chairman. In 1958 the SPD won an absolute majority of votes and seats in the House of Representatives for the first time. The state CDU was also able to improve its result. Despite the majority relationship, the black-red coalition was continued again and Amrehn remained mayor in Brandt's second Senate . In the 1963 election for the Berlin House of Representatives , the Christian Democrats, who again ran Amrehn as the top candidate, suffered a bitter defeat with 28.8% of the vote. The Social Democrats, who, under Brandt's leadership, had achieved their second best national result with 61.9%, now changed coalition partners and, despite their absolute majority in mandate, entered into a government alliance with the FDP. The state CDU was therefore only left with the opposition.
18 years of opposition (1963–1981)
In the parliamentary elections in 1967 and 1971 , the CDU was able to increase its voting results again and continue to form the second largest group in the state parliament. However, there was no government participation for the Christian Democrats during this time. In the 1975 parliamentary elections , the CDU and its top candidate Peter Lorenz succeeded for the first time in overtaking the SPD in West Berlin in terms of votes and mandates. However, the Social Democrats, who had lost their absolute majority in the election, again formed a red-yellow government alliance .
1979 joined Richard von Weizsäcker as top candidate of the CDU in Berlin. Under his leadership, the Berlin Christian Democrats succeeded in re-establishing the strongest parliamentary group in the House of Representatives with 63 seats. However, since the SPD and FDP together had 72 mandates, the social-liberal coalition under Dietrich Stobbe was continued, while the CDU again remained in the opposition.
The time under Richard von Weizsäcker (1981–1983) and Eberhard Diepgen (1983–2002)
Richard von Weizsäcker took over the Berlin state chairmanship in 1981 and Günter Straßmeir was appointed general secretary for the first time in the Berlin state association . In the same year, Stobbe resigned from the office of the Berlin head of government after the Garski affair , while the previous Federal Minister of Justice, Hans-Jochen Vogel (SPD), succeeded him and then ran new elections.
Von Weizsäcker ran again as the top candidate of his party and was able to achieve the best result of the CDU so far in Berlin in the 1981 parliamentary election with 48.0% of the vote. Since there was no red-yellow parliamentary majority and the FDP refused to form a coalition with the CDU, von Weizsäcker formed a CDU minority senate . It was not until March 1983 that the Berlin Liberals joined the Weizsäcker Senate . Since Richard von Weizsäcker was elected Federal President in 1984 , Eberhard Diepgen succeeded him in the office of Governing Mayor. Diepgen continued the alliance with the FDP.
In the 1985 parliamentary election , the black-yellow coalition was confirmed and continued in office. In 1989 the CDU lost 8.7 percentage points in the House of Representatives election and, like the SPD, only got 55 seats. While the top SPD candidate Walter Momper formed the first red-green Senate in Berlin, Diepgen became the leader of the opposition .
On September 8, 1990, the CDU associations from the previous eastern and western parts of the city were finally merged into a joint regional association.
As part of the unification process , the parliamentary term of the House of Representatives ended prematurely. From the all-Berlin election on December 2, 1990 , the CDU emerged victorious with its top candidate Eberhard Diepgen. Diepgen now formed a coalition with the SPD, which was continued after the parliamentary elections in 1995 and 1999 .
Because of the Berlin banking scandal , the Berlin SPD left the government alliance with the CDU in 2001. On June 16, 2001, Diepgen was overthrown by a vote of no confidence and replaced by Klaus Wowereit (SPD). A red-green minority senate has now been formed in Berlin , which the PDS tolerated.
The CDU finally had to switch to the opposition; In 2002, Diepgen was ultimately replaced as state chairman by Christoph Stölzl .
Renewed opposition period (2001-2011)
In the House of Representatives election on October 21, 2001, the CDU and its new parliamentary group leader, Frank Steffel, ran as the top candidate. However, the CDU lost 17 percentage points and emerged only as the second force in the elections. Wowereit entered into a red-red coalition with the PDS, the CDU remained as the strongest opposition faction in the House of Representatives. As CDU parliamentary group leader, Steffel remained leader of the opposition until 2003 .
2006 joined Friedbert Pflueger as the leading candidate against Wowereit at, but again could the CDU only make up the second largest group and received only 21.3% so far worst election result was at a Berlin House of Representatives election.
During the opposition period, the state chairmen changed comparatively frequently: Christoph Stölzl, Joachim Zeller and Ingo Schmitt were only in office for a relatively short time.
In 2008 Frank Henkel was elected state chairman. In September 2008 he also took over the chairmanship of the CDU parliamentary group and thus became the new leader of the opposition in the House of Representatives.
Grand coalition SPD / CDU (2011-2016)
After the House of Representatives election in September 2011 , the CDU, which again achieved a poor election result with only 23.4 percent, was again in government responsibility in Berlin from November 2011 - this time as a junior partner in a grand coalition with the SPD under Klaus Wowereit, who was once again elected mayor.
With the state chairman Frank Henkel, the CDU has now provided the interior senator and mayor of Berlin (representative of the governing mayor). Both parties were represented in the coalition with four senators each. Henkel gave up his office as parliamentary group chairman because of the move into the Senate. Florian Graf was his successor .
Even after Wowereits resigned in December 2014, the coalition continued under the new Governing Mayor Michael Müller .
Renewed opposition (since 2016)
In the election in September 2016 , the Berlin CDU achieved the worst result of all parliamentary elections with only 17.6 percent. The CDU also lost a lot in the districts and was ultimately only able to appoint the district mayor in Steglitz-Zehlendorf and Reinickendorf.
The previous ruling mayor Michael Müller formed a red-red-green coalition with the party Die Linke and the Greens and was re-elected as head of government. The CDU became the largest opposition party in the state parliament and thus provided the opposition leader with Florian Graf .
The previous state chairman, Frank Henkel, gave up his office due to the poor election result, whereupon the Berlin member of the Bundestag and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media , Monika Grütters , was elected as the new state chairman. The new general secretary was MP Stefan Evers .
In December 2017, under the leadership of Grütters, the state board was re-elected according to schedule and at the same time almost completely reorganized.
On June 12, 2018, the previous parliamentary group leader Florian Graf resigned due to professional changes. On the same day, the CDU parliamentary group's internal affairs spokesman, Burkard Dregger , was elected as his successor. He thus also took on the role of opposition leader in the House of Representatives.
After the former Secretary General Kai Wegner announced that he would run for the state chairmanship in May 2019, Grütters decided not to run again.
Wegner was finally elected as the new state chairman on May 18, 2019.
Eberhard Diepgen Prize
On March 9, 2018, during a closed meeting in Nauen, the CDU regional association decided to create an Eberhard Diepgen Prize , which has been awarded regularly in Berlin since November 2018 for outstanding services to social cohesion.
Chairwoman in Berlin and West Berlin 1948–1990
|1945-17. March 1946||Karl Brammer|
|1981-1983||Richard von Weizsäcker|
|2008||Joachim Zeller (acting)|
|since 2019||Kai Wegner|
Chair in East Berlin
General secretaries in Berlin and West Berlin 1981–1990
|2001-2002||Joachim Zeller (acting)|
|since 2016||Stefan Evers|
Group in the Berlin House of Representatives
In the 18th electoral term , the CDU parliamentary group is represented in the House of Representatives with a total of 31 members, including three women. It is the second largest parliamentary group and the largest opposition party ahead of AfD and FDP . With Cornelia Seibeld as Vice-President, the CDU is represented in the Presidium of the House of Representatives.
|since 2018||Burkard Dregger|
House of Representatives results
|House of Representatives results|
|year||be right||Seats||Top candidate|
|1979||44.4%||63||Richard von Weizsäcker|
|1981||48.0%||65||Richard von Weizsäcker|
Governing Mayor of Berlin
The following politicians were members of the CDU in the position of Governing Mayor of Berlin .
February 9, 1984 to
March 16, 1989 and
January 24, 1991 to
June 16, 2001
Richard von Weizsäcker
June 11, 1981 to
February 9, 1984
Franz Amrehn (left)
August 30, 1957 to
October 3, 1957 (acting)
October 22, 1953 to
January 11, 1955
Member of the German Bundestag
In the current, 19th legislative period , six CDU MPs from Berlin are represented in the German Bundestag:
- Jan-Marco Luczak , Chairman of the Berlin Regional Group ( Tempelhof-Schöneberg; constituency 81 )
- Klaus-Dieter Gröhler , ( Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf; constituency 80 )
- Monika Grütters ( Marzahn-Hellersdorf , elected via the state list )
- Thomas Heilmann ( Steglitz-Zehlendorf; constituency 79 )
- Frank Steffel ( Reinickendorf; constituency 77 )
- Kai Wegner , ( Spandau , elected via the state list)
Member of the European Parliament
- Wolfgang Ribbe : Berlin between East and West. 1945 to the present. In the S. (Ed.): From the March Revolution to the Present. (= History of Berlin. Volume 2) Beck, Munich 1987.
- Jakob Lempp : Berlin - the parties in the "reunified federal state". In: Andreas Kost, Werner Rellecke, Reinhold Weber (eds.): Parties in the German countries. Beck, Munich 2010, pp. 161-173.
- Günter letter (ed.), Hans-Otto Kleinmann : History of the CDU. Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Stuttgart 1993.
- CDU regional association Berlin (publisher), Bernhard Müller-Schoenau : 40 years CDU. Berlin 1985.
- CDU-Landesverband Berlin (Ed.), Markus Kaufmann: The CDU Berlin introduces itself. Berlin 1986.
- Increasing membership in all parties. Axel Springer SE , July 28, 2017, accessed on August 28, 2017 .
- see statutes of the CDU Berlin from 11.712. June 1993, last changed on June 17, 2017
- In this respect not already a full member of the state executive
- In this respect not already a full member of the state executive
- In this respect not already a member of the state executive in another function
- associations of the CDU Berlin - accessed on October 31, 2018
- see statutes of the CDU Berlin from 11./12. June 1993, last changed on June 17, 2017
- History of the CDU - Berlin - History of the regional association
- "Pflüger voted out of parliamentary group leader" , on tagesspiegel.de
- Monika Grütters renounces the CDU state chairmanship. rbb-online, March 29, 2019, accessed on March 29, 2019 (German).
- Kai Wegner declares war on red-red-green. Tagesspiegel, May 18, 2019, accessed on May 18, 2019 (German).
- CDU Berlin will in future honor commitment to social cohesion with the Eberhard Diepgen Prize. TP Press Agency, March 13, 2018, accessed July 9, 2018 .
- Eberhard Diepgen Prize. In: Website of the CDU Berlin. March 2018, accessed July 9, 2018 .
- Results of the House of Representatives elections in Berlin (until 1989 West Berlin)
- District Mayor of the CDU Berlin ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , on cduberlin.de
- CDU member of the European Parliament ( Memento of the original from August 4, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , on cduberlin.de