Heiner Geißler

German politician
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Heinrichjosef Georg "Heiner" Geißler (March 3, 1930 – September 12, 2017) was a German politician. He was a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.

Heiner Geißler
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Heiner Geißler (14 June 2017)
Born(1930-03-03)March 3, 1930
DiedSeptember 12, 2017(2017-09-12) (aged 87)
Berlin, Germany
Cause of deathCongestive heart failure
Known forFederal Ministers for Youth, Family and Health 1982 – 1985

Geißler studied law and philosophy in Munich and Tübingen, where he graduated in 1960.

Geißler served as German minister for youth, family, and health from 1982 to 1985 and also general secretary of the CDU from 1977 to 1989.

From being a conservative right-winger until the early 1990s, Geißler became increasingly leftist in his views as far as social policy and globalization are concerned.

In 2007, he announced he had become a member of the attac network.[1] This happened weeks before the 2007 G8 summit, which Germany, holding the 2007 G8 presidency, was hosting. Geißler himself said that his joining of attac had to be seen in the context of the upcoming G8 summit.[2]


  1. "G-8-GIPFEL Heiner Geißler tritt Attac bei". Spiegel.de (in German). Der Spiegel / asc/AFP. 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
  2. interview with Björn Hengst (2007-05-16). "ATTAC-NEUMITGLIED HEINER GEISSLER "Die Globalisierung läuft aus dem Ruder"". Spiegel.de (in German). Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2007-05-26.

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