Gerd Langguth

Gerd Langguth ( born May 18, 1946 in Wertheim, † May 12 2013 in Merheim ) was Honorary Professor of Political Science at the Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, political journalist and former CDU politician. He was known also as biographer for Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Gerd Langguth visited the classical section of the Dietrich -Bonhoeffer -Gymnasium in Wertheim am Main ( Baden- Württemberg).

While studying Langguth was 1970-1974 National Chairman of the ring of Christian Democratic Students. He then worked in the educational work of the Konrad -Adenauer -Stiftung in Stuttgart. At the same time he was a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration in Stuttgart.

Gerd Langguth was from 1976 to 1980 a member of parliament for the CDU. He was a member of the CDU Federal Board and two basic program committees of the Union. Between 1981 and 1985, was Langguth Director of the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Bonn from 1986 to 1987 and Secretary of State and Plenipotentiary of the State of Berlin to the Federal Government. Subsequently, he was from 1988 to 1993 Head of the Representation of the European Commission in the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn. Between 1993 and 1997, Gerd Langguth Executive Chairman of the Konrad -Adenauer -Stiftung, 2003-2004 managing director at the Association Bürgerkonvent. He was married to the food chemist and manager Susanne Langguth.

A few days before his 67th birthday Langguth died after a long illness in a hospital in Merheim.

Teaching and journalism

As part of its course offerings at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology, University of Bonn, Gerd Langguth sat apart in the Federal Republic with issues of European integration, the institutions and the political parties and decision-making processes. As a television commentator, he took regarding these topics and commented frequently as a guest, inter alia, the event sender Phoenix the political landscape and the current political developments in the Federal Republic.

Langguths publications as a political writer dealt with the protest movement - development, decline, Renaissance. The New Left since 1968, a controversial in the analysis of the former representative of the RCDS description of the '68 movement. Further publication The green factor. From the movement to the party? as well as the book myth '68 and biographies of Angela Merkel ( 2005) and Horst Köhler ( 2007). In March 2009, his last book Kohl - Schröder - Merkel. Men of power, in which he made a fundamental analysis of the facets of "power", as before, in his publication The inner workings of power. Crisis and the future of the CDU.

Langguth was awarded in December 2009 in Berlin the Media Award of the Association of Foreign Press in Germany.

With regard to the allegations of plagiarism against Karl -Theodor zu Guttenberg, Gerd Langguth convinced expressed shortly before Guttenberg's resignation from the fact that Guttenberg would be strengthened politically at the end: "A political leader must have scuffs, must have gone through Stahlgewitter. The grounds him, makes him more human. "


Works (selection)

  • Kohl - Schröder - Merkel. Men of power, dtv, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-423-24731-3.
  • Horst Köhler. Biography, dtv, München 2007, ISBN 978-3-423-24589-0.
  • Angela Merkel, dtv, Munich, 2005, ISBN 3-423-24485-2. (2010: Extended and updated paperback edition, dtv, Munich, ISBN 978-3-423-34627-6 ) The mid-2005 published biography of the later German Chancellor Angela Merkel is based on 142 interviews with people from Merkel's environment. Angela Merkel herself was ready " for limited participation" in the book and gave the author a " umfängliches Interview" (65 minutes).
  • The inner workings of power. Crisis and the future of the CDU, Ullsteinhaus, Munich, 2001, ISBN 3-550-07169-8.
  • Myth '68. The violence philosophy of Rudi Dutschke - causes and consequences of the student movement, Olzog, Munich, 2001, ISBN 3-7892-8065-8.
  • Germany keepsake. A nation in dialogue, Bouvier, Bonn 1998, 152 pp., ISBN 3-416-02747-7.
  • The intellectuals and the national question, (Editor), Frankfurt am Main / New York, 1997; 346 pp., ISBN 3-593-35725-9.
  • Search by collateral. A psychological profile of the Germans, DVA, Stuttgart, 1995, ISBN 3-421-05002-3.
  • Policy and Poster, Bonn 1995; 221 pp., ISBN 3-416-02569-5.
  • Power comes responsibility - Adenauer's course for the present policy (Editor ), Cologne 1994; with its own post: Konrad Adenauer: "father" of reunification or " splitters " Germany? Pp. 75-93, ISBN 3-8046-8809-8.
  • Author, power state. Literature and Politics in Germany - A necessary dialogue (Editor), Dusseldorf 1994, 197 pp., ISBN 3-7700-0918-5.
  • Berlin. From the focal point of the graduation to the bridge unit, ET science and politics, Cologne, 1990, ISBN 3-8046-8755-5.
  • Who ruled Nicaragua. History, ideology and power structures of the Sandinistas, ET Bonn Currently, Stuttgart 1989, ISBN 3-87959-381-7.
  • Protest movement - development, decline, Renaissance. The New Left since 1968, Verl science and politics, Cologne, 1983, 2nd edition 1984, ISBN 3-8046-8617-6.
  • The green factor. From the movement to the party? , Osnabrück, Fromm, 1984, ISBN 3-7201-5169-7.
  • Youth is different. Portrait of a young generation, Herder, Freiburg, 1983, ISBN 3-451-08059-1.
  • Protest movement in the Federal Republic of Germany 1968-1976, Report of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, vol 117, Cologne, 1976 ( publication of the dissertation The Development of the protest movement in the Federal Republic from 1968 to 1975, University of Bonn, Faculty of Humanities, 1975) ISBN 3 - 8046-8520 -X, ISBN 3-921352-18-5.
  • Protest movement in the end. The New Left as the vanguard of the DKP, Hase & Koehler, Mainz 1971, ISBN 3-7758-0827-2.