Seniors Union

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Senior citizens' union of the CDU in Germany
Seniors Union logo
Party leader Otto Wulff
vice-chairman Claus Bernhold, Wolfgang Börnsen, Heidi Exner, Helga Hammer, Leonhard Kuckart, Christa Thoben
Federal Managing Director Jan Peter Luther
Federal Treasurer Heinz Soth
Honorary Chairman Bernhard Worms
founding April 20, 1988
Place of foundation Bonn (as the eighth association of the CDU in Germany)
Headquarters Konrad-Adenauer-Haus
Klingelhöferstrasse 8
10785 Berlin
Number of members 54,000
Minimum age 60 years (except for early retirees )

The Senior Citizens' Union (SU / SEN) is an association and preliminary organization of the CDU and represents the interests and concerns of the older generation .

Inner structure

The structure of the senior citizens' union corresponds to that of the CDU . It has almost 360 district associations across Germany. Of the more than 54,000 paying members, around 52 percent are also members of the CDU. Anyone over the age of 60 can join the senior citizens' union. A CDU membership is not required. CDU members who are over 60 years old (around 52 percent; as of the end of 2017) are not automatically members of the Seniors Union, but have to join the Seniors Union independently if they want to become a member. All 54,000 members of the senior citizens 'union of the CDU and with them over 35,000 CDU mandate holders and functionaries receive the members' magazine “Souverän” every quarter. The federal office of the Senior Citizens' Union is based in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus , the CDU headquarters in Berlin-Tiergarten . The Seniors Union is represented at European level in the European Seniors Union (ESU).


The deliberations of founding a separate association for older party members in the CDU go back to the 1970s . At the 33rd CDU federal party conference in 1985 , it was decided to appoint a senior representative as a reaction to demographic change . On November 9, 1987, the 35th CDU federal party conference passed the resolution to found the Seniors' Union as the eighth CDU association. The founding event, the first federal delegates 'meeting of the Seniors' Union, took place on April 20, 1988 in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus in Bonn.

After the fall of the Wall , the Eastern CDU was also able to form a senior citizens' union. At the founding event on April 18, 1990 in the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus in Berlin-Mitte , the headquarters of the Eastern CDU, Gisela Krüger , a theologian from Schwerin, was elected first chairperson. At the beginning of December 1990 the SU associations of the new federal states joined the federal association.

Chairwoman of the CDU senior citizens' union


  • Bringing the interests and concerns of the older generation into politics and society
  • Actively helping to shape demographic change
  • To develop a positive and realistic picture of old age and aging
  • Planning security and reliability in old-age provision and social security systems
  • Participation in society and access to education regardless of age
  • Intergenerational justice

The senior citizens' union primarily represents the interests and concerns of the older generation. But the focus of the political and social work of the association is the coexistence of all generations in a free, solidary and tolerant society.

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