Christian Democratic Union of Germany

centre-right political party in Germany

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

Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
LeaderArmin Laschet
Founded1870 (Centre Party)
1945 (CDU)
HeadquartersKlingelhöferstraße 8
10785 Berlin
IdeologyChristian Democracy, Conservatism
Political positionCentrism/Centre-right
European affiliationEuropean People's Party
International affiliationChristian Democrat International and International Democrat Union
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party - European Democrats
ColoursBlack, Orange
Party headquarters,
the CDU haus in Berlin

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.