Holger Zastrow

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Holger Zastrow (born January 12, 1969 in Dresden ) is a German entrepreneur and politician ( FDP ). From 1999 to 2019 he was state chairman of the FDP Saxony and from 2004 to 2014 chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the Saxon state parliament . Between 2011 and 2013 he was a deputy federal chairman and between 2015 and 2017 an assessor on the presidium of his party. Zastrow is considered a prominent representative of right-wing and national liberalism in the FDP. Observers even note a partial proximity to right-wing populism in his positions .

Life and work

Holger Zastrow comes from a family of teachers. He completed an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk at the Prof. Dr. Zeigner School and VEB Starkstromanlagenbau "Otto Buchwitz" , which he completed in 1987. From 1987 to 1989 he did his 18-month military service with the National People's Army (NVA) in Cottbus and Straßgräbchen near Hoyerswerda. From 1989 to 1990 he attended a preliminary course at the Technical University of Dresden . In 1991 he graduated from the technical college in Büdingen , Hesse, with the technical diploma for economics and administration. He then studied business administration at the Dresden University of Applied Sciences from 1992 to 1996 (without a degree). From 1991 to 1992 he was also a personal advisor to an FDP member of the state parliament and from 1992 to 1995 a freelance PR consultant. Since 1995 he has been co-owner and since 1999 managing partner of an advertising, PR and event agency. He has also owned the Landgut Hofewiese excursion restaurant in the Dresdner Heide since 2016 .

Zastrow lives in the Radeberger Vorstadt in Dresden and has been married since 2010.


Zastrow's political engagement began during the Peaceful Revolution in the GDR . He was a co-founder of the Young Liberal Action (JuliA) Dresden - as an alternative to the state-controlled youth organization FDJ  - and became its first district chairman in 1990. In 1993 he became a member of the FDP and has been a member of the Saxon state executive since then. From 1993 to 1997 he was regional chairman of JuliA Saxony. From 1995 to 1997 he was deputy regional chairman, from 1997 to 2000 deputy district chairman in Dresden. In 1999 he became state chairman and, after the FDP returned to the state parliament in 2004, chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the Saxon state parliament. He has also been a member of the FDP federal executive committee since 2000 and has been a city councilor in Dresden since the 2004 local elections.

After the Saxon state elections in 2009 , from which a coalition of CDU and FDP had emerged for the first time in the Free State, he decided against assuming a ministerial post and the office of deputy prime minister in the Tillich II cabinet, which he expected as chairman of the FDP . He justified his decision to remain chairman of the parliamentary group in the Saxon state parliament by saying that he wanted to combine work and mandate and that he was responsible for the advertising agency he had built up since the mid-1990s and his 16 employees and their families.

On May 13, 2011, at the 62nd FDP party congress in Rostock, he was elected Deputy Federal Chairman of his party with 89.35 percent of the delegate's votes, in which office he was confirmed in March 2013. He criticized the political course of the federal party. If you think, "you have to paint the FDP green, then that cannot be done with the Saxon FDP". In contrast to this, he attaches importance to driving an independent course in Saxony, ie translating "Liberalism into Saxon". At the extraordinary party congress of the FDP in December 2013, he no longer ran for office on the federal executive board.

In addition, he attacked the federal CDU in December 2011 and insinuated that it was chasing after a “left-green zeitgeist”. He is considered a proponent of a conservative-liberal realignment of the FDP. After the federal election in 2013 , in which the FDP resigned from the Bundestag for the first time, Zastrow spoke out against opening the FDP to other coalition partners beyond the Union parties , since for him "Social Democrats, Greens and Communists are all socialists".

Together with three other parliamentary group leaders , Martin Dulig (SPD), Antje Hermenau (Greens) and Steffen Flath , (CDU), Zastrow received from State Parliament President Matthias Rößler (CDU) in recognition of their work to include the ban on new borrowing in the Saxon constitution on May 24th Awarded the Saxon Constitutional Medal in 2014 .

Zastrow was the top candidate of the FDP Saxony in the state elections in 2014 , in which the party failed with 3.8% of the 5 percent hurdle .

On May 15, 2015, Zastrow was elected member of the Presidium of the FDP federal party at the federal party conference in Berlin .

At the federal party congress in 2017 , Holger Zastrow did not stand again as an assessor for the presidium of the FDP federal party.

In the state elections on September 1, 2019 , in which Zastrow again ran as the top candidate, the FDP missed re-entry into the state parliament with 4.5% of the vote. As a consequence, the entire state board around Zastrow announced its withdrawal from the party committees at the next regular election on November 2, 2019. Frank Müller-Rosentritt was elected to succeed Zastrow as FDP regional chairman .

Relationship to right-wing populism

Under Zastrow's chairmanship, the Saxon FDP state association increasingly distinguished itself from the federal party. Among other things, a decidedly particularistic “Saxon way” was propagated , with the help of which “liberalism was to be translated into Saxon” and thus the FDP Saxony was to be further developed into a “liberal people's party”. Zastrow's political role models were primarily the highly controversial North Rhine-Westphalian FDP politician Jürgen W. Möllemann and the Austrian right-wing populist Jörg Haider .

After the FDP Saxony missed re-entry into the state parliament as a result of failing the five percent hurdle in the state elections in 2014 , a controversial inner-party debate developed about how to deal with Pegida and the Alternative for Germany (AfD), within the framework of which the mainly affected district association Dresden expressly distanced themselves from any right-wing populist efforts. Nonetheless, the state chairman Zastrow, who himself is based in Dresden, repeatedly defended the FDP city councilor Jens Genschmar, who was criticized in this context. Parts of the regional association then complained about the inadequate delimitation to the right wing. The fact that Zastrow was not put up as a direct candidate for the 2017 federal election was primarily due to his support for Genschmar, a party friend who is close to Pegida. Zastrow did not deviate from his stance when the members of the Dresden district association Genschmar - with reference to his right-wing populist statements - asked to quit the party and, after further misconduct, a party regulation procedure was initiated by the Dresden district executive .

When the FDP from the aftermath of the parliamentary elections in 2017 , held exploratory talks with the Union parties (CDU / CSU) and Alliance 90 / The Greens got out, pointed Zastrow, whose party had previously for 64 years a member of the Bundestag, alleged plans of the "old parties" back.

Web links

Commons : Holger Zastrow  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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