Carsten Linnemann

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Carsten Linnemann, 2018

Carsten Linnemann (* 10. August 1977 in Paderborn ) is a German politician of the CDU . He is chairman of the Mittelstands- und Wirtschaftsunion (MIT) of the CDU / CSU and deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group . In the federal elections in 2009 , 2013 and 2017 he won the direct mandate in the constituency of Paderborn (137) .

Origin, studies and profession

Carsten Linnemann was born in 1977 in Paderborn as the son of a bookseller. In 1997 he acquired the general university entrance qualification at the Reismann-Gymnasium in Paderborn . After 10 months of basic military service , Linnemann left the Bundeswehr in 1998 as a corporal . From 1998 to 1999 he completed a commercial internship in his parents' bookstore in Paderborn. Linnemann then studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Paderborn. He finished his studies at a university of applied sciences in 2002 with a degree in business administration. From 2002 to 2006 Linnemann studied and obtained his doctorate in economics at the TU Chemnitz . He completed his economics studies with a degree in economics and a Dr. rer. pole. in Chemnitz.

After completing his doctorate, he worked as an economist at Deutsche Bank Research in Frankfurt for a year . During this time he was, among other things, an assistant to Norbert Walter , the then chief economist at Deutsche Bank. In 2007 Linnemann moved to Deutsche Industriebank (IKB) in Düsseldorf. Until he was a member of the Bundestag, he worked there as an economist in the areas of business and medium-sized businesses.

Political career

Carsten Linnemann, 2019

From 1997 to 2001 Linnemann was chairman of the Junge Union Egge, the local association of the Junge Union in the Paderborn district. From 2006 to 2007 he was a scholarship holder of the Future Academy of the CDU North Rhine-Westphalia . From 2004 to 2008 Linnemann was a member of the council of the Altenbeken community in the Paderborn district. In 2008 he was nominated as a candidate for the Bundestag for constituency 138 (Paderborn / Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock ) by the general assembly of the CDU district association Paderborn . One of the two opposing candidates was the current member of the state parliament, Daniel Sieveke .

In the German Bundestag, Linnemann is a full member of the Labor and Social Affairs Committee and a deputy member of the Finance Committee. From 2009 to 2013 he was deputy chairman of the young group of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. Furthermore, he belongs to the Parliamentary Circle of SMEs (PKM) of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and, as an assessor, is a member of the PKM board, which strives for an economic policy that is friendly to SMEs.

Linnemann has been a member of the state board of the SME and Economic Union of North Rhine-Westphalia since 2009. He was co-opted into the federal board of the CDU / CSU SME Association in 2010, where he headed the “Labor Market Reform” working group. In November 2010 he was elected as an assessor in the CDU state executive committee in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Since October 11, 2013, Linnemann has been federal chairman of the SME and Economic Union, the union's influential economic wing. He prevailed against the former Green politician Oswald Metzger with a high vote and was elected with 98.7 percent of the vote in 2015. In 2017 he was confirmed in office with 99.7 percent and in 2019 with 98 percent.

In March 2018, Linnemann was elected deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group for the areas of economy, energy, medium-sized businesses and tourism.

Election results

In the 2009 Bundestag election , Linnemann stood as a Bundestag candidate for the CDU for the Paderborn constituency and won the direct mandate with 52.1 percent of the first votes. It was the second best first vote result in North Rhine-Westphalia, but also the worst first vote result for the CDU in this constituency since 1949. He succeeded Gerhard Wächter , who had been in the Bundestag for the Paderborn district since 2002.

In the 2013 federal election , Linnemann was able to increase his share of first votes in the constituency to 59.1 percent and thus achieve the best first vote result in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the 2017 federal election , Linnemann won the direct mandate with 53.3 percent of the vote. With this he again achieved the best first vote result nationwide and the fifth best nationwide.


Linnemann is a member of the European Union parliamentary group of the German Bundestag and the Ludwig Erhard Foundation .

Since 2011 he has been a member of the advisory board of the Competence Center for Sustainable Energy Technology and a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Lightweight Construction with Hybrid Systems at the University of Paderborn . In 2014 he was appointed to the economic council of the Bundesliga soccer club SC Paderborn 07 . He has been a member of the supervisory board since 2016. In 2018 he was promoted to honorary Vice President.


In 2003 Linnemann received the research award from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research ( BMBF ) on the subject of "Export of Services". From 2003 to 2006 he was a fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation .

The employers' association The Young Entrepreneurs - BJU awarded Linnemann in 2012 the “Prize for Generational Justice”. In 2019 he received the Wilhelm Weber Prize for his services to Christian social teaching .

Positions and controversies

In its December 2009 / January 2010 issue, the magazine Politik & Kommunikation opened an article entitled “Rising Stars 2009” with a portrait of Linnemann. The main political aspirations of the established parties in Germany were presented in the article.

In its February 2010 issue, the magazine Cicero Linnemann certified that he had retained political independence in his previous work due to his behavior on the question of tax relief for hotels. In a portrait “ Member of the Parliament for 100 days”, this was determined by the fact that Linnemann approved the CDU / FDP federal government's growth acceleration law, but gave his dissenting opinion on this issue to the Bundestag Presidium.

Since the ad hoc aid for the Greek Republic, Linnemann has voted no in all votes on the euro rescue. He advocates an alternative to the bailout strategy in the form of an insolvency order for the eurozone countries . Alongside Wolfgang Bosbach , he is probably one of the best-known critics of the euro rescue within the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag.

In 2012 Linnemann founded the “Lebenslauf” foundation with which he supports socially disadvantaged children and young people. By preparing for and participating in running events, their self-esteem should be strengthened. In August 2018, together with other CDU politicians, he initiated a debate about social commitment and social skills of young school leavers. Linnemann spoke out in favor of a "social year" in which school leavers can decide for themselves whether they want to do this in a social institution, abroad or in the armed forces.

Carsten Linnemann is an initiator and supporter of the " Flexi-Rente ". According to a joint motion for a resolution by the CDU and SPD, flexible transitions into retirement should be guaranteed. The aim is to remove barriers so that more pensionable workers remain in work instead of retiring. The aim is to enable any length of affiliation contract for employees after retirement age without protection against dismissal and with possible exemption from social security contributions . The focus is particularly on changes in labor and social law. Essential parts of the concept have already been implemented in the RV Performance Improvement Act. From July 1, 2014, employees and employers can - even repeatedly - renew the employment contract that expires when the standard retirement age is reached. On December 8, 2016, the Flexirentengesetz was promulgated ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 2838 ).

Before the CDU party conference in Cologne in 2014, Linnemann called for the cold progression to be dismantled during the current legislative period. He reached an agreement with the party leadership and achieved that the CDU-led federal government decided in 2015 to reduce the cold progression and thus relieve taxpayers of 1.4 billion euros annually. In December 2016, Linnemann pushed through a CDU party convention resolution, according to which tax increases after the 2017 federal election are fundamentally excluded. In addition, in the lead motion for the CDU party congress, he included his demand to use a third of the future additional tax income for tax cuts. At the CDU party congress in December 2018, Linnemann pushed through two resolutions to completely dismantle the solidarity surcharge by 2021 and to abolish double contributions on company pensions.

Together with Julia Klöckner , Jens Spahn and other CDU federal board members, Linnemann campaigned for an Islamic law in 2017, which should regulate the rights and obligations of Muslims living in Germany. He called for the introduction of a register that provides information about the sponsors and funding of mosques in Germany, as well as a ban on the complete foreign funding of mosques.

The journalists Susanne Götze and Annika Joeres claim that Linnemann is referred to within the Bundestag together with Thomas Bareiß and Joachim Pfeiffer as the "Bermuda triangle of the energy transition", a triumvirate that swallows every (climate-political) progress.

Compulsory pre-school if you have insufficient knowledge of German

In August 2019, Linnemann spoke out in favor of compulsory pre-schooling for children with insufficient knowledge of German. Literally he said: “A child who hardly speaks and understands German has no place in a primary school. Compulsory pre-schooling must take effect here; if necessary, his enrollment must also be postponed. That costs money, but a lack of integration and insufficient education are much more expensive in the end. "

The initiative was discussed controversially, also because the dpa news agency wrongly published its impulse as a “ban on elementary school” and various media editors made this interpretation their own. The dpa later admitted that " with a self-chosen formulation, the statements were exaggerated beyond a journalistically permissible level and also gave the false impression that it was a quotation ". Support came from the President of the German Teachers Association , Heinz-Peter Meidinger , and criticism from, among others, CDU education politician Karin Prien and education scientist Ingrid Gogolin .


  • Edited with Winfried Bausback : Political Islam does not belong to Germany . Herder, Freiburg 2019, ISBN 978-3-451-38351-9 .
  • The state is an arbitrator and not a player . In: P. Ziemiak (Ed.): Die Zukunftsmacher: Germany 2029/40 bright minds under 40 and where they want to lead our country. Econ, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3-430-20248-0 .
  • They do what they want anyway: anger, frustration, discomfort - politics must get better , Herder, Freiburg 2017, ISBN 978-3-451-37687-0 .
  • The Flexi-Rente: Rethinking old age . In: Thomas Köster (Ed.): Future-proof pension: New impulses for old-age security . Herder, Freiburg 2016, ISBN 978-3-451-37706-8 .
  • Digital awakening of the German middle class . In: A. Bode, M. Pätzold (eds.): Wirtschaftswunder 4.0: How companies and politics master the path into the digital age . Freiburg 2016, ISBN 978-3-451-37687-0 .
  • No economic miracle. In: J. Spahn (Ed.): Ins Offene: Germany, Europe and the refugees. Freiburg 2015, ISBN 978-3-451-34997-3 .
  • With G. Kann: SME financing after the crisis. Düsseldorf 2009.
  • With G. Kann: Germany's SMEs - Fit for the future. Düsseldorf 2008.
  • With B. Böttcher: SME Success Model - Facts and Errors. In: Financial Operations. 2/2008.
  • German middle class threatened with extinction? Frankfurt 2007.
  • Liberalization of cross-border road freight transport against the background of the World Trade Organization (WTO / GATS). Baden-Baden 2006.
  • Edited with J. Bucher, H. Hoeschen: Paderborner Impulse. Paderborn 2004.

Web links

Commons : Carsten Linnemann  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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