CDU chief

Merkel is 'Only Option' for Chancellor

Peter Tauber is a party ally of Angela Merkel.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Peter Tauber is an ally of Chancellor Merkel and supports her re-election as party leader, but critics say she has become a burden.

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    • Mr. Tauber has served in parliament since 2009 and was appointed as the CDU’s secretary general in 2013.
    • A decade ago he was head of the CDU youth organization, the Junge Union, in his home state of Hesse.
    • At the beginning of December, the CDU will vote on a new chairman at its party conference.
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Peter Tauber has served since 2009 in Germany’s lower house of parliament, or Bundestag, as a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union. The 42-year-old was appointed as the party’s secretary general in 2013, and has pushed in particular for the CDU to recruit more young people, women and migrants.

As a student, Mr. Tauber studied philosophy, history and political science at Goethe University in Frankfurt, and was also active in the Junge Union, the youth organization and training ground for future leaders in the CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union.

In a recent interview with Tagesspiegel, a sister publication of Handelsblatt, Mr. Tauber talked about challenges facing the CDU and the biggest question of all: Will Chancellor Merkel, the longest serving head of state in Europe, run again as chairman of her party in 2017?

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