Serap Guler

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Serap Guler, 2019

Serap Güler (born July 7, 1980 in Marl ) is a German politician ( CDU ) and State Secretary for Integration in the Ministry for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia .


Serap Güler grew up as a child of Turkish immigrants in Germany . The father was a miner, the mother a housewife. The parents come from a village in Anatolia and came to Germany as guest workers. She passed her high school diploma in 1999 , completed an apprenticeship in the hotel industry and studied communication science and German at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a Magistra Artium degree . Serap Güler then moved to the ministerial administration in North Rhine-Westphalia . She was a consultant in the ministerial office of the then integration minister Armin Laschet . After the state election in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2010 , she became press officer in the Ministry of Health of Barbara Steffens .

Serap Guler is married and has been a German citizen since 2010.


In 2014 Güler was elected deputy chairwoman of the CDU Cologne.

State politics

In the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2012 , her constituency was Cologne VII (Cologne-Mülheim) . Serap Güler moved into the state parliament via the state list of her party. In the state parliament she was one of the secretaries and also a parliamentary group speaker for the integration working group . In 2017 she joined the constituency of Cologne VI (Neustadt Nord, Deutz, Kalk) . She did not win a mandate and was appointed State Secretary for Integration in the Ministry for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration in the Laschet cabinet .

Serap Güler at the 27th party conference of the CDU in Germany on December 9, 2014 in Cologne

Federal politics

On December 4, 2012, she was on the CDU party conference in the National board of the CDU selected. It was confirmed at the party congresses of the CDU in Cologne in 2014, in Essen in 2016 and in Hamburg in 2018.

Political commitment

Serap Guler, a member of the Christian-social wing of the CDU, is “inclined to a liberal understanding of Islam ” (she is a member of the CDU employee wing, CDA ). Outside the party, too, she is committed to Catholic social teaching , e.g. B. in the Kolping Society : "The fact that this is a Catholic institution should not prevent someone of other faith from supporting this solidarity work."

Integration policy

The petition of the former Hessian CDU state boss Roland Koch against dual citizenship feels Serap Güler still as heavy mortgage . She thinks that young people with dual nationality will have to opt for a passport in the future as part of the option regulation “no longer appropriate”. In contrast to churches, charities and trade unions, all parties have “completely overslept” the integration policy in the last few decades, criticizes Guler.

Güler is in 2018 a major role in her capacity as Secretary of State Integration in NRW in the initiative of the NRW Integration Ministry to ban an Islamic headscarf in schools for religionsunmündige girls (ie under 14 years). Güler's statement in particular attracted public attention that "putting a headscarf on a young girl is pure perversion. That sexualises the child. We have to take a clear stand against this." Guler went on to say that her own mother opted for the headscarf as an adult and left her the choice: "Every young girl should have the opportunity that I was given."

Family policy

Serap Güler speaks out in favor of the childcare allowance .

Educational policy

She demands language training even before starting school. She sees language as a prerequisite for social participation. She describes the school consensus as an important political sign of the end of the decades-long struggle over the school form. She speaks out in favor of denominational religious instruction and against ethics instruction . Serap Güler is also committed to the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.

Protests in Turkey 2013

Serap Guler was in Turkey during the protests against the authoritarian government policies of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan . She criticizes Erdogan and his government, among other things, for wanting to “impose their opinion and their way of life on the population”.

Gray Wolf Controversy

In the discussion about the infiltration of German parties by the Gray Wolves, Serap Guler stated at the request of the newspaper Die Welt that she did not consider membership in the CDU to be compatible with an open commitment to the Gray Wolves or membership of the " idealists ". According to a report in the German daily newspapers Die Welt and the FAZ , Güler attended two events at which gray wolves activists advertised themselves. “The German Turkish Journal”, on the other hand, evaluates these representations as an “embarrassing smear campaign by 'Welt' and AABF against MdL Serap Guler”.


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Web links

Commons : Serap Güler  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Hubertus Volmer : Serap Güler does not feel like an alibi. In: n-tv . December 4, 2012, accessed on July 22, 2013 (interview).
  3. ^ Johannes Nitschmann: Serap Güler: Blitzkarriere in the CDU. In: Südwest Presse . March 15, 2013, accessed April 11, 2017 .
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  8. Elections. Retrieved February 27, 2020 .
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  10. a b Embarrassing smear campaign by “Welt” and AABF against MdL Serap Guler - rabble against Muslim Union MPs. (No longer available online.) In: German Turkish Journal. December 4, 2012, archived from the original on May 30, 2013 ; Retrieved July 22, 2013 .
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  12. Debate on the headscarf ban for girls in NRW. In: WDR . April 7, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2018 .
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