Student Union of Germany

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Basic data
Establishment date 2nd July 1972
Place of foundation bad Godesberg
Chairman Finn C. Wandhoff
Deputy Sven Fontaine
Gina-Maria Mojr
Yannik Schmitz
Assessor: Leander Brand
Kevin Denz
Greta Weber
Federal Managing Director Louis Ulrich
deputy Federal Managing Director Lea Müller

The Schüler Union Deutschlands ( SUD for short ) is an independent CDU and CSU- affiliated school organization in Germany. It acts as a nationwide political Christian Democratic interest group for the students. Founded in 1972 to counter the "left jerk" among students and teachers, it sees itself today as a service provider for students and especially student representatives. According to its own information, the Schüler Union Deutschlands has several thousand members nationwide and is therefore the political school organization with the largest number of members in Germany.

Content profile

General political positions

The organization describes itself in its basic program as "Christian-social, liberal and conservative representation of the interests of all schoolchildren in Germany". The main commitment is to represent the opinions of the generation of students in everyday political life. In many cases she is confronted with the statutory student representatives . In individual cases, the Schüler Union Deutschlands also supports the local student representatives.

The organization is committed to democracy and would like to act in the spirit of a Christian image of man , which is characterized by “responsibility for others, charity and community as a symbol for togetherness instead of against one another”. She calls for a positive lived patriotism and the implementation of the European idea . The members of the Schüler Union Deutschlands consider Christian-bourgeois values ​​to be their guiding culture .

Educational policy positions

The educational policy standpoints were last decided on November 25, 2007 in the basic program of the German Student Union at the 35th National Student Conference in Bonn.

The organization is the only political student organization that is expressly committed to the structured school system consisting of secondary and secondary schools as well as the grammar school . It demands that all three types of school develop their own profiles and that it is possible to switch between school types. Further demands made by the Schüler Union Deutschlands are equal opportunities , early childhood education, better personnel and material equipment in schools, democratic co-determination of the pupils as well as independent action by the schools, but also by the pupil representatives.

Drug policy

On November 10, 2019, the Schüler Union Deutschland announced that it would campaign for the legalization of cannabis .


The organization emerged on July 2, 1972 at the federal level from the Association of Critical Students , making it the oldest of the party-affiliated student organizations. Its foundation is to be seen in direct connection with the student movement of the late 1960s , which finally also reached schools: The SU openly opposed the “ 68ers ” in the student body and teaching staff. In 1973 the SU had 20,000 members in 11 regional associations, and in 2008, according to its own information, around 10,000 members.

Federal chairperson / spokesperson

  • 1972–1973 Hans Reckers (State Association (LV) Lower Saxony)
  • 1973–1974 Klaus Walther (LV Hessen)
  • 1974–1976 Christoph von Bülow (LV Lower Saxony)
  • 1977–1978 Wolfgang Kühl (LV Hamburg)
  • 1978–1980 Christian Wulff (LV Lower Saxony)
  • 1980–1981 Peter Pott (LV Rhineland)
  • 1982–1984 Peter Stefan Herbst (LV Rhineland)
  • 1984–1985 Volker Streu (LV Hamburg)
  • 1985–1986 Michael Schottenhamel (LV Bayern)
  • 1986–1988 Dirk Bettels (LV Lower Saxony)
  • 1988–1989 Johannes Kram (LV Rhineland-Palatinate)
  • 1989–1990 Harald Großesmann (LV North Rhine-Westphalia)
  • 1990–1992 Frank Schuster (LV Rhineland-Palatinate)
  • 1992–1994 Marcus Ostermann (LV Schleswig-Holstein)
  • 1994–1995 Michael Güntner (LV Hessen)
  • 1995–1996 Christian Burkiczak (LV North Rhine-Westphalia)
  • 1996–1997 Florian Schuck (LV Rhineland-Palatinate)
  • 1997–1998 Christian Jung (LV Baden-Württemberg)
  • 1998–2000 Philipp Missfelder (LV North Rhine-Westphalia)
  • 2000–2001 Sebastian Warken (LV Saarland)
  • 2001-2004 Mark Blue (LV Schleswig-Holstein)
  • 2004–2005 Karolina Swiderski (LV North Rhine-Westphalia)
  • 2005-2006 Veit Albert (LV Lower Saxony)
  • 2006–2008 Lukas Krieger (LV Berlin)
  • 2008–2010 Younes Ouaqasse (LV Baden-Württemberg)
  • 2010–2011 David Winands (LV North Rhine-Westphalia)
  • 2011–2012 Lutz Kiesewetter (LV Baden-Württemberg)
  • 2012–2013 Leopold Born (LV Hessen)
  • 2013–2014 Lars von Borstel (LV Hessen)
  • 2014–2015 Niklas Uhl (LV Saarland)
  • 2015–2016 Tizian Wollweber (LV Hessen)
  • 2016–2017 Julius K. Gröhler (course Berlin)
  • since 2017 Finn C. Wandhoff (LV Schleswig-Holstein)



Anyone who has reached the age of 12 and is a student at a general or vocational school or is completing an apprenticeship can become a member . Membership automatically expires after leaving school or completing training. A maximum age has been set in some regional associations. Membership is free.


The organization is organized in regional associations, which are linked in size to the federal states. Due to the educational federalism of the Federal Republic, the regional associations are more important than the federal association. The latter is a working group of the regional associations and serves exclusively to coordinate the regional associations.

The individual state associations are divided into district, district and city associations as well as school groups, which are composed of working groups of the Junge Union or of non-party groups. Most of the regional associations are independent. The Lower Saxony Student Union is not a member association of the German Student Union.

Regional associations

country Chairman
Baden-Württemberg Adrian Klant
Bavaria Josef Rohrmoser
Berlin Endrik Schulze
Brandenburg Saskia Boehm
Bremen Lennart Gänger
Hamburg Jannes Reinwand
Hesse Maximilian Kucera
North Rhine-Westphalia Lars Goertz
Rhineland-Palatinate Diana Schnickmann
Saarland Klara Zimmermann
Saxony-Anhalt Michael Benecke
Schleswig-Holstein Leave Carstensen
Thuringia Elias Wehling

Organs of the federal association

The federal association, which works as a working group of the Junge Union Deutschlands, has three organs: the federal school conference (BST), the federal coordination committee (BKA) and the federal board.

The highest body is the Bundesschülertagung (BST), the assembly of delegates from all regional associations. Each of the regional associations sends ten other delegates with voting rights in addition to the regional chairman. The federal school conference makes school and educational policy decisions. Changes to the statutes and the basic program can only be decided at the BST.

The delegates of the federal school conference elect the five-member federal board, which consists of a chairman, two deputies and two assessors. On the proposal of the federal chairman, the federal executive board can elect a federal manager, a deputy federal manager and, if necessary, further speakers or agents. The federal executive board is elected for 12 months, but not more than 18 months, and is responsible for the continuous work of the Schüler Union Deutschlands.

In addition, the Federal Coordination Committee (BKA), which is composed of the Federal Executive Board and a representative from each regional association who is entitled to vote, usually the respective regional chairman, meets between the federal student conferences (usually held annually) . The BKA coordinates the political cooperation of the regional associations and has to prepare and implement measures in the field of school and educational policy.

Source evidence

  1. ^ Archives of the former federal executive boards . In: Retrieved July 13, 2020 .
  2. a b About us: The statutes. In the version dated April 28, 2019. In: Retrieved July 13, 2020 .
  3. Student Union of Germany: Legalize it! In: November 10, 2019, accessed July 13, 2020 .
  4. ^ A b Gerd F. Hepp: Education Policy in Germany: An Introduction . Springer-Verlag, 2011, ISBN 978-3-531-93122-7 ( p. 73 in the Google book search [accessed on July 13, 2020]).
  5. a b c History of the CDU. Student Union (SU). In: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, accessed on July 13, 2020 .


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