Eduard Lintner

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Eduard Lintner (2013)

Eduard Lintner (born November 4, 1944 in Marktlangendorf , Sudetenland ) is a German politician ( CSU ).

From 1991 to 1998 he was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister of the Interior and from 1992 to 1998 Drugs Commissioner of the Federal Government .

Life and work

Lintner was expelled from the Sudetenland as a toddler in 1945 with his mother and grandmother. His father did not return from captivity until 1955 as a late returnee and died in the same year of their consequences. After graduating from secondary school in Cham in 1966 , Lintner studied law at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg . In 1973 he passed the second state examination and worked in the administration of the State of Bavaria until 1976 , most recently as a member of the government in the Kitzingen district office . He has been admitted to the bar in Bad Neustadt an der Saale since 1981 .

After he no longer ran for the Bundestag in the 2009 elections, Lintner founded the "Society for the Promotion of German-Azerbaijani Relations" based in Berlin in the same year and has been its sole managing partner since then.

Eduard Lintner has been married since 1966 and has four children.

Political party

Lintner joined the CSU and the Junge Union (JU) as a student in 1962 . From 1970 to 1972 he was chairman of the JU district association of Würzburg-Land and from 1972 to 1978 chairman of the JU district association of Lower Franconia . At that time he was also a member of the CSU state executive. Since 1978 Lintner has been a member of the CSU district committee Bad Kissingen and deputy chairman of the CSU district association of Lower Franconia. Since 2008, Lintner has been the successor to Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, head of the Foreign Policy Committee of the CSU Working Group on Foreign and Security Policy (ASP) .


From 1972 to 1974 Lintner was a member of the council of his then place of residence Erlabrunn .

From 1976 to 2009 Lintner was a member of the German Bundestag . From 1982 to 1990 he was chairman of the German Politics and Berlin Issues working group of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group .

Since 1999 Lintner was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Western European Union. From 2002 to 2005 he was chairman of the Legal and Human Rights Committee.

Eduard Lintner entered the Bundestag in 1976 via the Bavarian state list and thereafter always as a directly elected member of the Bad Kissingen constituency . Most recently, he received 57.5 percent of the first votes in the 2005 Bundestag election . With the constituent session of the 17th Bundestag , Lintner's political career ended after 33 years. He was one of the senior politicians in the 16th Bundestag . Dorothee Bär was elected as the successor in his constituency .

In his political work in recent years, Eduard Lintner, as the responsible rapporteur in the Foreign Affairs Committee , has focused primarily on maintaining relations with the states of Latin America and the South Caucasus. As part of this activity, he was also the initiator of the Bundestag resolution on the structuring of Germany's relations with the states of the South Caucasus.

Public offices

After the general election in 1990 Lintner was on 24 January 1991 as Parliamentary Secretary in the Federal Minister of the Interior in by Chancellor Helmut Kohl led government appointed. From August 27, 1992, he was also the Federal Government's first drug commissioner . After the 1998 Bundestag election , he left office on October 26, 1998.

Eduard Lintner is chairman of the Lower Franconia district association of the Bavarian Red Cross.


In 2007 Eduard Lintner hit the headlines as a German member of the Council of Europe when he voted against Resolution 1580 (2007). The resolution calls on the member states to actively oppose the views expressed by creationists or supporters of " intelligent design " and to classify them as a threat to freedom and democracy in Europe. The resolution should also serve to anchor Darwin's theory of evolution in biology teaching at public schools in Europe. However, Lintner has contradicted the charge of supporting creationist theories. He explained his voting behavior by saying that the dangers of creationism were greatly exaggerated in the text of the resolution and that with this resolution the Council of Europe was improperly trying to intervene in the educational sovereignty of the German federal states.

Eduard Lintner continues to be criticized for lobbying for the government of Azerbaijan , which has long attracted attention for serious human rights violations and the suppression of the opposition. Bank records show that Lintner received multiple payments through a branch of Danske Bank in Estonia as part of an Azerbaijani money laundering and lobbying program . For example, the European Stability Initiative pointed out in a report that Lintner organized an election observation delegation for the presidential elections in Azerbaijan in 2013 . The delegation published a positive assessment of the election, although independent election observers had pointed out extensive election fraud. Lintner, on the other hand, stated that the election “met German standards”. Two weeks later, Lintner received 61,000 euros from Azerbaijan. Between 2012 and 2014, his organization received a total of 819,500 euros.

The public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt am Main is investigating Lintner on suspicion of corruption; the police searched several offices and private rooms in Germany and Belgium. Also against the parliamentary group colleague Karin Strenz of the CDU is determined. The Bundestag lifted their immunity on January 30, 2020.



Web links

Commons : Eduard Lintner  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


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