Christian Social Union of Bavaria

conservative party in Bavaria, Germany

The Christian Social Union of Bavaria or Christlich Soziale Union (short CSU) is a conservative political party in the German state of Bavaria.

Christian Social Union of Bavaria
Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern
LeaderMarkus Söder (Minister President of Bavaria)
HeadquartersFranz Josef Strauß-Haus
Nymphenburger Str. 64
80335 München
IdeologyChristian democracy
Political positionCentre-right
European affiliationEuropean People's Party
International affiliationChristian Democrat International and International Democrat Union
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party - European Democrats
ColoursBlue (campaign colour)

In the federal parliament of Germany (Bundestag) the CSU and the CDU join together in a political alliance to form the main centre-right group in Germany.

Its chief is Horst Seehofer.



In 1945, two local CSU groups were founded. One in Würzburg and the other in Munich.

In January 1946 the CSU was founded for the whole of Bavaria.

All state elections of Bavaria were won by the CSU. Sometimes the CSU had to make some coalitions with the Bayernpartei (Bavarian Party), the FDP or the SPD.

In the federal government the CSU always joins with the CDU.

The CSU is more conservative than the CDU.

One very famous leader of the CSU was Franz Josef Strauß. Sometimes he was well known for the good that he did. Other times because of scandals.



The CSU is a very conservative party according to the people of Bavaria, who mainly live in the countryside and smaller towns and villages.

Traditionally it tried to make a compromise between conservative tradition and social welfare.

Currently it leans to more free market beliefs instead of social care.