Günter Krings

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Günter Krings (2020)

Günter Krings (born August 7, 1969 in Rheydt ) is a German politician ( CDU ) and lawyer.

Krings has been Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister of the Interior since December 2013 . Krings has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2002 . From 2009 to the end of 2013 he was deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group for the areas of law, interior, sport and volunteering, displaced persons, refugees and resettlers. Since January 23, 2017 he has been chairman of the CDU regional group in North Rhine-Westphalia in the German Bundestag .

Professional background

After graduating from the Hugo-Junkers-Gymnasium in Mönchengladbach- Rheydt in 1989, Krings completed a law degree at the University of Cologne on a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung , which he completed in 1994 with the first state examination in law. He then studied US and international law on a Fulbright scholarship at Temple University in Philadelphia , where he obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in 1995 .

After completing his legal clerkship , Krings passed the second state examination in 1997 and then worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Constitutional Law at the University of Cologne. There he was awarded a Dr. jur. PhD. Krings was admitted to the bar in 1998 and has taught as a lecturer since 2004 and as honorary professor at the law faculty of the University of Cologne since 2010 .

Krings was under discussion as a possible successor to Ferdinand Kirchhof as a judge at the Federal Constitutional Court , but failed due to opposition from the Greens .

Political commitment

Krings joined the Junge Union (JU) in 1983 and the CDU in 1985. In the JU he was active from 1989 to 1994 as chairman of the Junge Union Wickrath of the JU district association Niederrhein . From 2005 to 2010, Krings was also deputy state chairman of the Evangelical Working Group (EAK) of the CDU in North Rhine-Westphalia. From 1998 to 2014 he was deputy chairman of the CDU district association Niederrhein. He has been its chairman since 2014. From 2011 to 2019 he was deputy chairman of the Mittelstands- und Wirtschaftsvereinigung (MIT) of the CDU NRW. In 2002 he became deputy chairman of the CDU district association Mönchengladbach. Since 2010 he has been chairman of the district association. Since 2005, Krings has also been a member of the state board of the CDU North Rhine-Westphalia.

Federal politics

Günter Krings has been a member of the German Bundestag since the federal elections in 2002 . In all three elections he was directly elected in Mönchengladbach. In the Bundestag he was initially a member of the Legal Committee and the Committee on Culture and Media . There he took over the reporting for the copyright .

From 2002 to 2005, Krings was chairman of the young group in the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and campaigned for the issue of intergenerational justice. From 2005 to 2009 he continued this commitment as chairman of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Sustainable Development (PBNE). In these functions he was a member of the parliamentary group executive committee.

From 2007 to 2017 he represented the CDU / CSU members of the European Union of Germany in the Bundestag parliamentary group. Until 2017 he was also deputy chairman of the German-American parliamentary group .

In 2008, Günter Krings was elected legal advisor to the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and has since coordinated the judges' elections for the highest federal courts for his parliamentary group. After the 2009 election, he was elected deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group with 96% . His field of activity mainly includes the areas of legal and domestic policy. In addition, the areas of sport and volunteering, displaced persons, refugees and repatriates as well as sustainability are part of his portfolio.

Since 2009 Krings has also been chairman of the Federal Working Group of Christian Democratic Jurists (BACDJ), the German CDU's legal association. In this capacity he is an advisory member of the CDU federal executive committee.

In the Bundestag, which appoints half of the judges of the Federal Constitutional Court , Krings was one of 12 members of the election committee until 2013 . Krings has been Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister of the Interior since December 2013 and also holds this office in Merkel IV's cabinet.

Since January 23, 2017 he has been chairman of the CDU regional group in North Rhine-Westphalia in the German Bundestag .

From November 1, 2017 to April 10, 2018, Krings was the Federal Government Commissioner for issues relating to repatriates and national minorities .


Krings is co-chair of the Constitution, Legislation and Public Law section of the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV).

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Forum Law Foundation .

Krings is an evangelical reformist , member of the Reformed Federation and the Gladbach-Neuss district synod.

He is chairman of the German Society for Legislation .

Political positions


As a rapporteur for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group on intellectual property and copyright in the legal committee of the German Bundestag, he accompanied the copyright amendments to the first (2003) and second (2008) basket. In doing so, he advocated a "drop in flat-rate taxes" and the strengthening of copyright law. As deputy parliamentary group leader of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the area of ​​legal policy, he continues to shape the policy of his group in copyright law and network policy . In 2012 he called for a new criminal law for intellectual property and the introduction of a new offense to protect intellectual property.

Anti-Terrorism Act

In April 2011, Krings called for the Anti- Terrorism Act (TBEG) to be extended, which was originally due to expire on January 10, 2012. This allows the Federal Intelligence Service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Military Shielding Service to access vehicle and owner data, check postal traffic, query account, telecommunications and passenger data, and locate cell phones. Krings declared that the Union would not accept "backward steps in the anti-terror laws". In doing so, he linked the approval of the Union to the abolition of the regulation for blocking websites with the FDP's concession to continue the anti-terror file and to deflate the TBEG. In November 2011, most of the anti-terror laws that were running out were finally extended for a further 4 years; and then to the current January 10, 2021. The regulations must be re-evaluated by January 10, 2021 ( Art. 5 of the law to extend the time limit for regulations under the anti-terrorism laws ).

Data retention

In 2011, Krings repeatedly called on the then Federal Minister of Justice, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger , to finally implement the EU directive on data retention (minimum storage periods). Krings criticized that it was "embarrassing" that after a year she had "not even presented a proposal suitable for European law". In his view, the “permanent violation of European law” is no longer acceptable. In this context, Krings spoke of a “carnival of the rule of law”, since from his point of view there are no alternative investigations to data retention for combating some crimes .

Comments on the compulsory real name on the Internet

Krings advocated that pseudonyms should not be used in social networks. Together with the domestic policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Hans-Peter Uhl , he said: “We need such a culture of openness and no forums or networks in which one can cowardly take refuge in anonymity. Anonymity can only make sense in certain special situations, for example in the case of child and youth protection or self-help groups. ”These statements were made in the discussion about mandatory real names in the social network Google+ and against the background of the bullying platform isharegossip .

Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich took up this suggestion with a view to the attacks in Norway in July 2011.

Equality for homosexuals

In the past, Krings has repeatedly criticized the decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court with regard to the equality of a marriage within the meaning of Article 6 of the Basic Law and the registered civil partnership . In particular, his focus is on Article 6 of the Basic Law, which, in his opinion, is being undermined by the case law of the Federal Constitutional Court. From Art. 6 GG a promotion requirement of marriage on the one hand and a prohibition of interference on the other hand is derived. Krings sees these value decisions of the Basic Law endangered by the increasing equality of marriage and registered civil partnership.

Preimplantation Diagnostics

Krings was one of the initiators for a ban on pre-implantation diagnostics .


Krings heads the demography project group of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. He advocates the careful use of resources in order to keep as many options as possible for future generations. He sees the debt brake in the Basic Law as a suitable means for this . On the subject of the birth rate, he advocates “modesty of politics”. There are sensible measures such as parental allowance, but this has not led to an increase in the birth rate. He finds it reassuring that the question of whether people choose for or against children is essentially a personal, not primarily a financial decision.


In 2013, during the coalition talks between the Union and the SPD, Krings announced that the CDU parliamentary group refused to include referendums in the coalition agreement.

Encrypted internet connection

Krings wants Internet connection encryption to be restricted. Certain uses of the Tor network, which is important for whistleblowers, should be punishable: "I understand why the Darknet can have a use in autocratic systems. But in a free, open democracy there is no legitimate use in my opinion."

Web links

Commons : Günter Krings  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Protection of marriage obsolete? . Frankfurter Allgemeine. August 10, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. Wolfgang Janisch: Germany is looking for the new super judge . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . June 7, 2018 ( sueddeutsche.de [accessed June 7, 2018]).
  3. Reinhard Müller: Stephan Harbarth succeeds Andreas Voßkuhle . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . November 9, 2018 ( faz.net [accessed November 9, 2018]).
  4. ( Page no longer available , search in web archives: CDU-CSU parliamentary group as of 2009 ); (only the current version can be called up under the link)@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.cducsu.de
  5. Krings inherits Bosbach: Deputy parliamentary group leader of the CDU elected . In: RP ONLINE . November 12, 2009 ( rp-online.de [accessed November 22, 2018]).
  6. Parliamentary State Secretary. Federal Ministry of the Interior, accessed on October 10, 2018 .
  7. ^ Eva Quadbeck: Berlin: Günter Krings leads CDU regional group. Retrieved February 6, 2018 .
  8. New representative for emigrants and minorities. Federal Ministry of the Interior, November 4, 2018, accessed on March 4, 2019 .
  9. ^ Constitution, Legislation, Public Law . dajv.de. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  10. Günter Krings: Who is my neighbor? In: Our pastoral care , ISSN 1863-7140, December 2016, p. 14 f.
  11. Government lags behind technological advances in copyright law . pressrelations. September 10, 2004. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  12. Reactions to the 2nd basket cabinet decision . netzpolitik.org. June 22, 2006. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Draft law on the 3rd basket in autumn . cducsu. June 16, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  14. Union Vice Krings criminal wants Intellectual Property . golem. June 6, 2011. Accessed February 27, 2018.
  15. Union wants consideration from the FDP for renouncing internet blocking . Hot. April 7, 2011. Accessed February 27, 2018.
  16. FDP politicians argue with Malmström over data retention . Hot. April 24, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  17. ↑ Entry into force of Article 10, second postponement of Article 13
  18. FDP politicians argue with Malmström over data retention . Hot. April 24, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  19. a b Interior Minister Friedrich calls for the end of anonymity on the Internet . Mirror online. August 7, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  20. No fundamental right to anonymity on the Internet. Dr. Günter Krings Member of the Bundestag, September 6, 2011, archived from the original on January 3, 2013 ; accessed on September 27, 2018 .
  21. The unsuccessful regulation of the law of faulty marriage by the Marriage Law Act 1998 . Humboldt University of Berlin. March 8, 2005. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  22. ^ Günter Krings: Krings heads the project group on demographic change for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. In: MP's website. February 1, 2012, archived from the original on April 13, 2012 ; accessed on October 5, 2018 .
  23. ↑ Minutes of the plenary session of March 1, 2012 (PDF) German Bundestag, p. 19274 , accessed on September 25, 2018 .
  24. ^ The fear of the CDU about the will of the Germans . World. November 17, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  25. https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Europaeischer-Polizeikongress-Weg-mit-dem-Darknet-4313276.html?wt_mc=rss.ho.beitrag.atom