Kurt Joachim Lauk

Kurt Joachim Lauk ( born May 19, 1946 in Stuttgart ) is a German politician ( CDU). He was from June 2004 to June 2009 MEP for Baden- Württemberg in the European People's Party. He is president of the Economic Council of the CDU and was a board member of leading German business enterprises.


After finishing high school in Schwäbisch Hall, he studied from 1967 to 1969 Protestant theology and history and lived in the Protestant Foundation Tübingen. Three years later he completed the study of these subjects at the University of Munich with a master's degree. Sponsored by the DAAD, he received a scholarship to Stanford University in California, where until 1974 as a research assistant ( Department of Political Science ) he worked from 1973.

This " change of subject " he began in 1975 his doctoral studies at the Institute for Political Sciences of the University of Kiel and graduated in parallel an MBA at the Graduate School of Business Stanford / California from. In 1977 he received his doctorate at Werner Kaltefleiter in Kiel on the topic The nuclear options of the Federal Republic of Germany. As early as 1978, he worked as vice president of the Boston Consulting Group in Munich. 1984-1989 he was Chairman of the Board of Zinser, a textile machine factory, in Ebersbach, near Stuttgart. 1989 to 1992 he served as Vice Chairman of Audi in Ingolstadt, the department Finanz-/Betriebswirtschaft and marketing. From 1992 to 1996 he served on the board VEBA AG (now E.ON ) in Dusseldorf as CFO. From 1996 to 1999 he was a board member of DaimlerChrysler AG in Stuttgart; he was there specifically responsible for the division of commercial vehicles. Until July 2000, he worked as a lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. In the same year he was elected president of the Economic Council of the CDU.

Three years later, the EBS University of Economics and Law awarded him a professorship " honoris causa ". In the election to the European Parliament in 2004, he ran on list # 7 of his party. In July of the Veritas software division, he was appointed to the Board of Directors.

Furthermore Lauk member of, founded on the initiative of David Rockefeller, the Trilateral Commission.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary
  • Alternate to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Member of the Delegation for relations with the United States
  • Deputy for the delegation for relations with Iran
  • President of Globe Capital Partners

Political positions

In August 2004, the wealthy politician called to the press a more assertive approach Angela Merkel against the action plan of the Federal Government with respect to health care reform and the uncompromising way towards unpopular measures:

"Currently, we gain no profile and show us not fit to govern. On the protests, we can take no consideration, especially since the rules are not very antisocial. [ ... ] The denture must be completely out of the performance by the statutory health insurance. Every citizen knows that someday play a dentist replacement therapy on him. He can therefore set up in good time. "

" The total duration of the Hartz IV benefits must be limited to 65 total on a yet to be determined number of years of 25, so that everyone can adjust. With refusal to work must be cut to the level of minimum wage in many countries around us, so to around 400 euros under the ALG II "

The Emerging on 15 November 2004 health compromise between the CDU and the CSU, he thus classified from his perspective as a " confused " concept.

In August 2010, Lauk positioned as one of 40 signatories of the Energy Policy Appeal to advance a lobby initiative of the four major power companies to extending the lifetime of German nuclear power plants. The German nuclear phase called Kurt Joachim Lauk as a " laughing stock ".