CDU Berlin

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CDU Berlin
CDU LV Berlin Logo 2020.svg
Chairman Kai Wegner
Deputy Cerstin Richter-Kotowski
Frank Balzer
Manja Schreiner
Falko Liecke
Secretary General Stefan Evers
Treasurer Jan-Marco Luczak
executive Director Dirk Reitze
Honorary Chairman Eberhard Diepgen
Establishment date November 13, 1945
Place of foundation Berlin
Headquarters Steifensandstrasse 8
14057 Berlin
Landtag mandates
Number of members 12,220 (as of end of June 2017)

The CDU Berlin is the regional association of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany in the state of Berlin .

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 .

State Board

The governing body of the Berlin CDU is the state executive , which is composed of the presidium and other members.

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.

Current state board (as of July 2, 2019)
position function Surname
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 associations

District association District Chairman Local chapter
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Klaus-Dieter Gröhler Old Wilmersdorf
West end
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Timur Husein Boxhagener Platz
Frankfurter Tor
Lichtenberg Martin Pätzold Hohenschoenhausen
Lichtenberg center
center Sven Rissmann Bernauer Street
Brandenburg Gate
Neukölln Falko Liecke Britz
North Neukölln
Pankow Gottfried Ludewig Alt-Pankow
Prenzlauer Berg East
At the Panke
Pankow South
Prenzlauer Allee
Schönhauser Allee
Reinickendorf Frank Balzer At the Schäfersee
Heiligensee, Konradshöhe and Tegelort
Märkisches Viertel
Spandau Kai Wegner Gatow
Steglitz-Zehlendorf Thomas Heilmann Steglitz center
Steglitz south end
Nikolassee - Schlachtensee - Krumme Lanke
Tempelhof-Schöneberg Florian Graf Old Tempelhof
Innsbrucker Platz
Mariendorf / Marienfelde
New Tempelhof
Schöneberger west
Treptow-Koepenick Maik Penn Altglienicke-Adlershof
Cöpenicker Dammvorstadt
Köpenick South
Treptower north
Wuhletal Mario Czaja Biesdorf


Union State chairman
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 groups

Union Chair
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
Network integration
Police working group in the Berlin CDU (PolAK) Peter Trapp
Ring of Christian Democratic Students (RCDS) Dennis incense


Forum Chair
education Marion Kittelmann
digitalization Tanja Boehm
Europe and Foreign Policy Stefan Evers
Finance, administration and human resources Erik Nils Voigt
Health and care Gottfried Ludewig
Interior Falko Liecke
Integration, work and social issues Dagmar King
Youth, family and seniors Christina Schwarzer
Justice and consumer protection Jan-Marco Luczak
Culture Britta Kaiser-Schuster
Sports Stephan stand
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
education Katrin Schultze-Berndt
digitalization Matthias Gronholz
Energy (climate protection) Dieter Flämig
Europe and Foreign Policy Hildegard Bentele
Health and care Christian Burholt
Budget and finance Christian Goiny
Interior Gerd Neubeck
integration Cornelia Seibeld
Youth, family and seniors Falko Liecke
Judiciary Robert Seegmüller
Creative industries Martin Eyerer
Culture Christine Berg
Media policy Christian Goiny
Social city Andreas Wunderlich
Sports Tim Zeelen
Urban development Stefan Evers
environment Danny Freymark
Consumer protection Sabine Toepfer-Kataw
traffic Oliver Friederici
Administration and staff Erik Nils Voigt
economy Philipp Birkenmaier
Science and Research Alan Cadmus
Living Manuel Heide

State Party Court

function Surname
Chairman Hans-Jörg Dietsche
Assessor Jan Hegemann
Assessor Martin Mrosk


Founding time

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 .

The following sections describe the history of the CDU in West Berlin up to German reunification in 1990, from then on again the history of the CDU in all of Berlin.

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)

Peter Lorenz (right) 1976 next to Rainer Barzel (left) and Norbert Blüm (center)

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.

Eberhard Diepgen at an election campaign event for the Berlin CDU

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

Period Chairman
1945-17. March 1946 Karl Brammer
1946-1947 Kurt Landsberg
1947-1952 Walther Schreiber
1952-1955 Robert Tillmanns
1955-1961 Ernst Lemmer
1961-1969 Franz Amrehn
1969-1981 Peter Lorenz
1981-1983 Richard von Weizsäcker
1983-2002 Eberhard Diepgen
2002-2003 Christoph Stölzl
2003-2005 Joachim Zeller
2005-2008 Ingo Schmitt
2008 Joachim Zeller (acting)
2008-2016 Frank Henkel
2016-2019 Monika Grütters
since 2019 Kai Wegner

Chair in East Berlin

Period Chairman
1948-1949 Helmut Brandt
1949-1952 Arnold Gohr

General secretaries in Berlin and West Berlin 1981–1990

Period Secretary General
1981-1985 Günter Straßmeir
1985-1991 Klaus-Rüdiger Landowsky
1991-1993 Karl-Joachim Kierey
1993-1996 Dieter Ernst
1996-1998 Gerhard Lawrentz
1998-2000 Volker Liepelt
2000-2001 Ingo Schmitt
2001-2002 Joachim Zeller (acting)
2002-2003 Verena Butalikakis
2003-2005 Gerhard Lawrentz
2005-2008 Frank Henkel
2008-2011 Bernd Krömer
2011-2016 Kai Wegner
since 2016 Stefan Evers

Group in the Berlin House of Representatives

Current composition

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.

Group leaders

The former parliamentary group leader of the CDU in the Berlin House of Representatives, Heinrich Lummer (1989)
Period Chairman
1948-1950 Kurt Landsberg
1951-1956 Ernst Lemmer
1959-1963 Egon Endres
1963-1969 Franz Amrehn
1969-1980 Heinrich Lummer
1980-1984 Eberhard Diepgen
1984-1989 Dankward Buwitt
1989-1991 Eberhard Diepgen
1991-2001 Klaus-Rüdiger Landowsky
2001-2003 Frank Steffel
2003-2006 Nicolas room
2006-2008 Friedbert Pflüger
2008-2011 Frank Henkel
2011-2018 Florian Graf
since 2018 Burkard Dregger

House of Representatives results

State election results
in percent
House of Representatives results
year be right Seats Top candidate
1950 24.7% 34 Walther Schreiber
1954 30.4% 44 Walther Schreiber
1958 37.7% 55 Franz Amrehn
1963 28.8% 41 Franz Amrehn
1967 32.9% 47 Franz Amrehn
1971 38.2% 54 Peter Lorenz
1975 43.9% 69 Peter Lorenz
1979 44.4% 63 Richard von Weizsäcker
1981 48.0% 65 Richard von Weizsäcker
1985 46.4% 69 Eberhard Diepgen
1989 37.7% 55 Eberhard Diepgen
1990 40.4% 101 Eberhard Diepgen
1995 37.4% 87 Eberhard Diepgen
1999 40.8% 76 Eberhard Diepgen
2001 23.8% 35 Frank Steffel
2006 21.3% 37 Friedbert Pflüger
2011 23.4% 39 Frank Henkel
2016 17.6% 31 Frank Henkel

Governing Mayor of Berlin

The following politicians were members of the CDU in the position of Governing Mayor of Berlin .

District Mayor

In two of the twelve Berlin districts , the district mayor is a member of the CDU. You are the head of administration at the head of the respective district.

district Mayor
Reinickendorf Frank Balzer
Steglitz-Zehlendorf Cerstin Richter-Kotowski

Member of the German Bundestag

Since 2018 chairman of the CDU regional group: Jan-Marco Luczak

In the current, 19th legislative period , six CDU MPs from Berlin are represented in the German Bundestag:

Member of the European Parliament

The Berlin CDU is currently represented by a member of the European Parliament . There she is a member of the EPP Group :


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  • CDU regional association Berlin (publisher), Bernhard Müller-Schoenau : 40 years CDU. Berlin 1985.
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Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Increasing membership in all parties. Axel Springer SE , July 28, 2017, accessed on August 28, 2017 .
  2. see statutes of the CDU Berlin from 11.712. June 1993, last changed on June 17, 2017
  3. In this respect not already a full member of the state executive
  4. In this respect not already a full member of the state executive
  5. In this respect not already a member of the state executive in another function
  6. ^ District associations of the CDU Berlin - accessed on October 31, 2018
  7. see statutes of the CDU Berlin from 11./12. June 1993, last changed on June 17, 2017
  8. ^ History of the CDU - Berlin - History of the regional association
  9. ^ "Pflüger voted out of parliamentary group leader" , on
  10. Monika Grütters renounces the CDU state chairmanship. rbb-online, March 29, 2019, accessed on March 29, 2019 (German).
  11. Kai Wegner declares war on red-red-green. Tagesspiegel, May 18, 2019, accessed on May 18, 2019 (German).
  12. 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 .
  13. Eberhard Diepgen Prize. In: Website of the CDU Berlin. March 2018, accessed July 9, 2018 .
  14. Results of the House of Representatives elections in Berlin (until 1989 West Berlin)
  15. District Mayor of the CDU Berlin  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , on 2Template: Toter Link /  
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