Rolf Schlierer

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Rolf Schlierer (* 21st February 1955 in Stuttgart ) is a German doctor , a lawyer and former politician of the Republicans . From 1992 to 2001 he sat for this in the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg ; from 1994 to 2014 he was also its national chairman.


Schlierer is the son of a Silesian doctor. He grew up in a national liberal environment and graduated from high school in 1973 at the humanistic Eberhard-Ludwigs-Gymnasium in Stuttgart. He completed his medical studies at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen in 1979 with a license to practice medicine . From 1980 to 1981 he did his basic military service as a medical officer in the Bundeswehr. His last rank was Chief Medical Officer of the Reserve in an airborne unit. In 1982 he was promoted to Dr. med. PhD.

From 1981 to 1988 he studied law and philosophy at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen . In 1988 he passed the first state examination in law . After completing his legal clerkship at the Stuttgart Regional Court , he passed the second state examination in 1992.

Schlierer works as a doctor and journalist; since 1991 he has also been a resident lawyer ( specialist lawyer for medical law ) in a law firm in Stuttgart.

Political career

Before the Republicans

His political career begins with the chairmanship of the University Political Committee of the German Burschenschaft (1975/76) as a member of the Giessener Burschenschaft Germania . From 1976 to 1979 he was involved in university politics in the RCDS ; For a short time he was also a member of the " National Democratic University Association " (University Association of the NPD ). From 1982 to 1985 he was press officer for the German fraternity.

From 1985 to 1989 he was a member of the presidium of the CDU- related study center in Weikersheim . He left this “think tank” after a one-on-one conversation with Hans Filbinger , who, as the former Prime Minister, had co-initiated the center, which had come about under pressure from the press . The aim of the conversation was that Schlierer should stay in the study center and leave the Republicans. The result of the conversation was reversed: Schlierer left the study center and stayed with the Republicans.

Membership in parliaments

He was city ​​councilor and leader of the Republican parliamentary group in the Stuttgart municipal council from 1989 to 1992.

From 1992 to 2001 Schlierer was a member of the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg and was also the parliamentary group leader of his party during this time . From 2004 to 2014 he was again a member of the Stuttgart City Council.

Republican career

In 1987 Schlierer joined the Republicans party . He left it on October 19, 1988 because it seemed too far to the right; in the course of the electoral success in early 1989, however, he became a member again on May 10 of the same year. A little later he became a member of the Federal Republican Program Commission. From 1989 to 1991 he was deputy state chairman of the Republicans in Baden-Württemberg .

In July 1990 he became Deputy Federal Chairman. At the party congress on December 17, 1994 in Sindelfingen , he was elected as the successor to Franz Schönhuber as Federal President of the Republicans. Here he was able to prevail in a vote against Schönhuber's preferred candidate Rudolf Karl Krause . Despite the efforts to consolidate the party and the electoral successes in the following years ( 1996 in the state elections in Baden-Württemberg and 1997 in the local elections in Hesse ), the party could not be permanently anchored in parliament. The 2001 failure in Baden-Württemberg , when the Republicans did not succeed in re-entering the state parliament, was particularly significant .

In the years before 2004, prominent REP members, such as the member of the “White Rose” Hans Hirzel and the former Mayor of Würzburg Klaus Zeitler , some of whom were initially Schlierer's supporters, stood up against him. Nevertheless, he was able to prevail repeatedly at the federal party congress at the end of 2006 in the new election of the federal chairmanship against his challenger Björn Clemens , who ran as an opponent for the second time.

In August 2014 Johann Gärtner was elected as his successor as party chairman. At the end of June 2018, Schlierer resigned from the Republican Party.

Support for the AfD

On September 21, 2016, Schlierer chaired a meeting in Degerloch at which the Association for the Preservation of the Rule of Law and Civil Liberties was founded without joining it. This association supported the AfD in the state election campaigns in Germany in 2017 with posters and the distribution of the special edition .

In May 2019, he ran for the Stuttgart municipal council election on the AfD's list.


Right from the start Schlierer belonged to the more moderate, right- wing conservative party wing. The latter refused to join forces with the far right, which was repeatedly discussed within the party, and tried to give the party a serious public image. According to his idea, it should play an accepted role in the party system by delimiting it from right-wing extremism and, in the long term, at least from the perspective of the CDU and CSU, it should become capable of forming a coalition.

For this reason, Schlierer played a key role in the fall of his predecessor Schönhuber as federal chairman in 1994 after he had met with DVU chairman Gerhard Frey to make election agreements. However, Schlierer did not always maintain this demarcation either. Because his inner-party opponents wanted cooperation with other right-wing parties, he decided at the end of 1998 to accommodate them by agreeing with DVU boss Frey not to run against each other unnecessarily in elections. This move was made primarily with the intention of keeping the upper hand in the internal party power struggles, because similar claims by other functionaries were rigorously punished with party exclusion proceedings.

Rolf Schlierer rejected a collaboration between his party and the alliance between the NPD and DVU, which was concluded in 2004, in a "clear rejection of the 'brown popular front'". Both internal party opponents and activists from the right-wing scene outside the party have accused Schlierer for years of pursuing an "adjustment course to the center".


Rolf Schlierer is Protestant and has two children.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Right-wing networks prepare the ground for right-wing extremist parties . ( Memento from September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Main-Post , January 8, 2003
  3. Christian Fuchs, Fritz Zimmermann: Shadow donors . In: Die Zeit , No. 20/2017
  4. ^ City of Stuttgart: applicant results of the municipal council election (PDF). Retrieved March 26, 2019 .
  5. The Republicans' dispute over the direction of the government settled for the time being .
  6. Christoph Seils : Adapt or return . In: Berliner Zeitung , November 20, 2000
  7. Welcome to Rolf Schlierer. ( Memento from September 14, 2008 in the Internet Archive )