Birthplace: Brilon, Sauerland, Germany
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: CDU Bundestag leader
Chairman of the CDU faction in the Bundestag, 2000-02. Presently Vice Chair. Caused considerable controversy when he used the term Leitkultur von Deutschland (referring to the leading, hegemonic culture of Germany) in parliament, implying that immigrants should aspire to the status quo.
Wife: Charlotte Merz (three children)
University: University of Bonn
Member of German Parliament (1994-)
Member of the European Parliament (1989-94)
Christian Democratic Union Parliamentary Leader (2000-02)
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