Christian Democratic Union of Germany facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
Christian Democratic Union of Germany
|Leader||Angela Merkel (Chancellor)|
|Founded||1870 (Centre Party)
|Ideology||Christian Democracy, Conservatism|
|European affiliation||European People's Party|
|International affiliation||Christian Democrat International and International Democrat Union|
|European Parliament group||European People's Party - European Democrats|
The Christian Democratic Union of Germany or Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (CDU) is one of the two main right of centre political parties in Germany. It describes itself as a Christian democratic, liberal and conservative party of the centre.
In November 2005 the Federal leader of the CDU Dr. Angela Merkel became the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The CDU was founded after World War II. The first German Chancellor was Konrad Adenauer, a member of the CDU. He ruled from 1949-1963. During the Government of Helmut Kohl (1982-1998), Germany was reunited.
The CDU was the Government Party for most of the younger German history, only from 1969-1982 and from 1998-2005 there have been Chancellors from different parties.
The CDU has more than 400,000 members. It has 255 of 631 Members of Parliament in the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) and 34 of 99 Members of European Parliament of Germany.
Images for kids
The election poster of 1957 reading "No experiments" and featuring then Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (this was the only election in which the CDU obtained an absolute majority).
East German CDU leader Lothar de Maizière (left) with West German CDU leader Helmut Kohl in September 1990
Angela Merkel, the first female leader and longest serving leader of the party
1978 conference in Rhöndorf with eminent historian Golo Mann (center)