Ruprecht Polenz

Ruprecht Polenz ( born May 26, 1946 in Denkwitz ) is a German politician ( CDU).

He was from 2005 to 2013 Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag from April to November 2000 the Secretary-General of the CDU.

Life and career

After graduation in 1966 Polenz made ​​first his military service as a reserve officer candidates at the Signal Battalion 4 in Regensburg ( last rank: Lieutenant dR ) from and then graduated from in 1968 to study law at the University of Münster, which he finished in 1973 with the first legal state exam. After the clerkship he laid in 1976 and the second state exam and worked from 1977 to 1980 as a research assistant at the Institute for Tax Law at the University of Münster. In 1980 he became Head of the Department of Press and Public Relations at the Commerce and Industry Chamber of Munster of which he then was established in 1984. Since 1994 he has been on leave in this capacity for the duration of his membership in the German Bundestag. In addition, Ruprecht Polenz was 1996-2006 president of the German Atlantic Association. He is married and has four children.


During his studies, Polenz committed in 1968 in the ring Christian Democratic student whose country he was chairman in North Rhine -Westphalia in 1973. From 1974 to 1980 he was a member of the national board of the Junge Union in North Rhine -Westphalia. From 1995 to 2003 he was Chairman of the CDU district association Münster.

From 10 April to 20 November 2000, he was among the party leader Angela Merkel Secretary-General of the CDU. For the CDU, he is also a member of the ZDF Television Council, which he chaired since 2002.

Since January 18, 2014 Polenz is the honorary chairman of the CDU Münster.

Member of Parliament

From 1975 to 1994 Polenz was a member of the Council of the City of Münster. From 1994 to 2013 he was a member of the German Bundestag and from 2005 to 2013 Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Ruprecht Polenz in 1994 and 1998, drafted as a directly elected representative of the constituency of Munster and then in the national elections in 2002 and 2005 on the state list of North Rhine-Westphalia in the Bundestag. In the 2009 parliamentary elections he won the direct mandate in the constituency of Munster again. In January 2012 Polenz announced that it would no longer want to stand for election as a member of parliament in the general election in 2013 after 19 years.

Polenz was one of the most active members of the Bundestag on the Internet platform Facebook with thousands of Facebook friends. Numerous political statements were Polenz direct on his Facebook wall.

On 29 June 2012, the International Business Club (IBC ) Gelsenkirchen Polenz awarded an integration INTEGRA price.

Association's activities

Polenz is Chairman of the Christian-Muslim Peace Initiative eV and a board member of the Christian- Islamic society, as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Germany's Relief eV, the alliance of charities. He is also the first chairman of the THW association Münster eV and a member of the advisory board of Atlantic Initiative.

Political positions

Polenz advertises for EU membership of Turkey, provided that they meet the EU accession criteria. In September 2011, Polenz called for the observation of the Islamophobic blogs Politically Incorrect by the Protection of the Constitution.


  • Better for both of them. Turkey is in the EU. A position Edition Körber Foundation, Hamburg 2010 ISBN 978-3-89684-141-4