Claudia Nolte

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Claudia Nolte, approx. 1998

Claudia Crawford , née Wiesemüller , divorced Nolte (born February 7, 1966 in Rostock ) is a German politician ( CDU ). From 1994 to 1998 she was Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth .

Life and work

After attending the Polytechnic High School in Rostock, Crawford began an apprenticeship as an electronics worker in 1982. In 1985 she passed the Abitur and then completed an engineering degree in technical cybernetics and automation technology at the Technical University of Ilmenau , which she completed in 1990 as a graduate engineer. Then she worked as a research assistant at the TH Ilmenau.

From 2005 to 2010 she headed the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's international office in Belgrade . From 2010 to 2013 Crawford was the head of the KAS UK office in London . From 2013 to 2019 she heads the KAS Russia office in Moscow . Since May 2019 she has headed the KAS international office in Austria and the Multilateral Dialogue KAS Austria.

Since March 2009 she has been honorary chairman of the advisory board of the German Fire Brigade Association .

Crawford is Catholic and was active in the Catholic student community of Ilmenau during her time at the university . She is married for the second time and has one son.

Political party

In October 1989 she first worked with the New Forum in the GDR and then joined the CDU (GDR) in February 1990 . From 1992 to 1994 she was a member of the CDU regional executive committee of Thuringia and from 1996 to 2000 in the presidium of the CDU in Germany.


From March to October 1990 she belonged to the first freely elected People's Chamber of the GDR and was one of the 144 members elected by the People's Chamber who became a member of the German Bundestag on October 3, 1990 . From 1991 to 1994 she was the spokeswoman for women's and youth policy for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag .

In the election campaign for the 1998 Bundestag election , she inadvertently announced an increase in VAT - and then called it a mistake.

From January 1999 to October 2002 she was the representative of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group for the interests of the disabled and from 2002 to 2005 she was deputy chairwoman of the United Nations subcommittee and regional representative of the German Bundestag for the Republic of Moldova .

In 2002 she moved into the German Bundestag via the Thuringian state list, in the early Bundestag elections in 2005 she was unable to win the direct mandate of the Gotha - Ilm district and narrowly missed re-entry via the state list as fourth. In May 2008 she gave up the opportunity to move up for Bernward Müller in the Bundestag.

Public offices

After the federal election in 1994 , she was appointed Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth on November 18, 1994 in the Federal Government led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl ( Kohl V cabinet ). She was 28 years old when she was appointed, making her the youngest member of a German federal government to date. On November 30, 1994, she also headed the EU Council of Ministers for the first time, making her the youngest EU Council President to date . After the 1998 federal election , she left the government on October 26, 1998.


A parodic song by the Erfurt singer Vicki Vomit Liebe mit Claudia was banned in 1997 by means of an injunction. Then the song appeared in a censored version - the corresponding words were alienated with beeps or other noises.


Web links

Commons : Claudia Nolte  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Stephan Lorenz: Claudia Crawford's long breath . From: , December 1, 2014, accessed on January 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Head of the Multilateral Dialogue KAS office in Vienna . Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung eV Accessed on February 4, 2020.
  3. Minister ret. D. passes Advisory Board of Fire Service Association . At: , March 4, 2009.
  4. Martin S. Lambeck: In the Union there is growing horror at Frau Nolte. In: . September 16, 1998, accessed May 10, 2020 .
  5. CDU minister "accidentally" announces an increase in VAT: Gossiped, Ms. Nolte? In: September 16, 1998, accessed May 10, 2020 .
  6. Claudia Nolte, . In: Der Spiegel . No. 28 1997 ( online - July 7, 1997 ).
  7. Gunnar Leue: Beep for Claudia Nolte. In: . July 8, 1997, accessed May 10, 2020 .