Second-highest ranking official in the country: Dr Wolfgang Schäuble
President Dr Wolfgang Schäuble
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Dr Wolfgang Schäuble was elected as the new President of the Bundestag on 24 October 2017. He follows Professor Norbert Lammert, who had held the office since October 2005. In terms of protocol, he ranks second only to the President of the Federal Republic. As President of the Bundestag he ensures that Parliament’s rules are upheld and represents Parliament in the public sphere. He also heads the Bundestag Administration.
Member of the Bundestag since 1972
Wolfgang Schäuble was born on 18 September 1942 in Freiburg im Breisgau. After studying law and economics at the Universities of Freiburg and Hamburg, he obtained his doctorate (Dr. jur.) in 1971. He joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in 1965. He was first elected to the German Bundestag in 1972, and has been the directly elected Member for the constituency of Offenburg ever since.
From 1981 to 1984, Wolfgang Schäuble was Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, from 1984 to 1989 Federal Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Federal Chancellery, and from 1989 to 1991 he was Federal Minister of the Interior. In this role, he led the negotiations on behalf of the federal government with the government of the GDR on the Unification Treaty between the two Germanys.
Leader of the parliamentary group, Minister of the Interior and of Finance
From 1991 to 2000 Schäuble led the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, from 1998 to 2000 he was also chairman of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany. He has been a member of the presidium of the CDU in Germany since 2000. As deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Schäuble was responsible for foreign, security and European policy between 2002 and 2005. In the Grand Coalition between 2005 and 2009 he was once again Federal Minister of the Interior, and subsequently Federal Minister of Finance until the end of the 18th electoral term of the German Bundestag in 2017.
On his homepage, Wolfgang Schäuble writes that he is committed to the continuation of European unification, “because a strong Europe in this century of globalisation offers us a brighter future”. Wolfgang Schäuble is Protestant, married and a father of four children.