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Erwin Teufel (2011)
Erwin Teufel (2011)

Erwin Teufel (born 4 September 1939 in Zimmern ob Rottweil) is a German politician of the CDU.

Political career

Teufel was the leader of the CDU parliamentary group in the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg from 1978 to 1991.

Teufel was Minister President of Baden-Württemberg and chairman of the CDU state party group from 1991 to 2005, serving as President of the Bundesrat in 1996/97.

During his time in office, Teufel agreed with President Boris Yeltsin on a series of economic and technical cooperation agreements with Russia, including a high-level joint commission to oversee several institutes in Russia where business administrators, agronomists and scientists will be trained, and also direct a variety of exchange programs.[1] Among other projects, Teufel oversaw the merger of two regional utilities to form EnBW in 1997 as well as the creation of regional public broadcasting corporation Südwestrundfunk (SWR) in 1998.

On the European level, Teufel represented Baden-Württemberg on the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) from 1994.[2] Between 2002 and 2003, he also represented Germany's federal states in the Convention on the Future of Europe.[3]

Teufel endorsed Edmund Stoiber instead of Angela Merkel as their parties' candidate to challenge incumbent Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in the 2002 federal elections.[4]

In October 2004, Teufel announced that he was to step down as minister-president and chairman of the Baden-Württemberg CDU, effective 19 April 2005. Günther Oettinger was elected as his successor by CDU internal party pre-elections. His referendum win – with 60.6 percent of the vote versus 39.4 percent for State Education Minister Annette Schavan – was widely seen at the time as a defeat for Teufel, who had promoted Schavan as his preferred successor.

He did resign on 19 April 2005, effecting the memorable line in German short news: "Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI. Teufel [German: Devil] resigned."

Life after politics

Corporate boards

Non-profit organizations

Teufel is an honorary member of A.V. Cheruskia Tübingen, a Catholic student fraternity which is a member of the Cartellverband.

Personal life

Teufel is married with Edeltraud and has four children.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]


  • Maß & Mitte – Mut zu einfachen Wahrheiten, Johannis-Verlag Lahr 2006, ISBN 3-501-05181-6.
  • Ehe alles zu spät ist: Kirchliche Verzagtheit und christliche Sprengkraft, Herder Verlag, Freiburg u.a. 2013, ISBN 978-3-451-30907-6.


  1. ^ Stephen Kinzer (November 24, 1991), Yeltsin Says Lost Czarist Treasure Is Traced The New York Times
  2. ^ Regions bitter at being pushed to the sidelines European Voice, October 16, 1996.
  3. ^ Giscard ‘Non’ to Prodi’s terms for head-to-head European Voice, May 14, 2003.
  4. ^ Hartmut Palmer (January 21, 2002), Die Stehauffrau Der Spiegel.
  5. ^ 2015 Annual Report Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW).
  6. ^ Board of Trustees Christival.
  7. ^ Board of Trustees Archived 2017-09-02 at the Wayback Machine donum vitae.
  8. ^ Board of Trustees International Hugo Wolf Academy.
  9. ^ Board of Trustees Karl Schlecht Foundation.
  10. ^ Board of Trustees Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
  11. ^ Honorary Senate Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
  12. ^ Advisory Board Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology (FIIT) at the Heidelberg University.
  13. ^ Advisory Board University of Freiburg.
  14. ^ Honorary Senators University of Tübingen.
  15. ^ Board of Trustees Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma.
  16. ^ Members German Ethics Council.
  17. ^ CV of ErwinTeufel
  18. ^ Erwin Teufel on Landeszentrale politische Bildung
  19. ^ Newspaper Spiegel: Erwin Teufel
  20. ^ Badische Zeitung: Erwin Teufel
  21. ^ Newspaper Sueddeutsche: Erwin Teufel
  22. ^ Newspaper Handelsblatt: Erwin Teufel
  23. ^ Newspaper Esslinger Zeitung: Erwin Teufel
  24. ^ Newspaper Die Welt: Erwin Teufel

External links

Media related to Erwin Teufel at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Lothar Späth
Minister President of Baden-Württemberg
Succeeded by
Günther Oettinger

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