Stations & Values
Working and thinking on a European scale is my task. But I gather my strength for this in Lower Bavaria. Here I am at home and deeply rooted. In July 1972 I was born in the district of Landshut. After my kindergarten time in Pfeffenhausen I went to school in Wildenberg in the district of Kelheim. My school career led me from the elementary school in Wildenberg via the secondary school in Siegenburg and in Rottenburg to the technical high school in Landshut, where I passed the technical high school diploma. I learned a lot for life by doing voluntary youth work in the Catholic rural youth movement, playing the trumpet in the church brass band and participating in village life. Many of my decisions were shaped by the goal of not having to leave home permanently. Home is a piece of identity and a stroke of luck for me.
I have been playing the guitar since the second grade of primary school. Soon I started a band with my friends, in which I played for almost 20 years. Dance events, festivals and carnival balls have shaped my leisure time for many years. Music is a good companion in life.
The weekly service is not a duty for me, but an enrichment. My faith gives me continuity and stability in an ever faster moving world.
A good school for my career path has been voluntary politics. Already at the age of 16 I was politically active in the Junge Union, the youth organization of the CSU. From 2003 to 2007 I led and shaped the Junge Union Bayern, the largest political youth organization in Bavaria, as its state chairman – being the first Lower Bavarian in this position. At the age of 29 I became the youngest member of the Bavarian parliament.
For me, politics is the responsibility to shape the future – with reason, courage and foresight. For this, my voters have expressed their trust in me. Since 2004 I have been a member of the European Parliament and thus the voice of 1.2 million Lower Bavarians in Europe. In 2014, the EPP Group elected me as its group chairman for the first time. Even though my transition from state politics to European politics seemed an unusual step, I have actively chosen to work at the European level. After all, Europe is not only our future, it also has a decisive influence on issues important currently.
European Election 2019
In the fall of 2018, the European People’s Party, the largest party family in Europe, elected me by a large majority in Helsinki as its Europe-wide lead candidate for the 2019 European elections. With more than 180 seats in the European Parliament, we as the EPP have clearly won the election. More people than ever before went to the polls. However, unlike in the 2014 European elections, the lead candidate process was put aside. But a setback only becomes a defeat if you don’t get up again. I continue to fight for a democratic Europe of citizens. I want to give Europe back to the people.
European People's Party
Powerful and unifying politics emerge from the center of society. That is why we need strong political parties from the center. The European People’s Party (EPP) is the association of Christian Democratic and center-right parties in Europe and by far the largest political movement on the continent. 81 parties from 43 countries currently belong to it, including the CDU and CSU. Since 2022, I have had the privilege of leading the EPP as Chairman in addition to my role as EPP Group Chairman. This is a great responsibility. Our parties throughout Europe are united by the conviction that we need a Europe that is capable of acting and close to its citizens in order to meet the major challenges of the present and future.
European Elections 2024
In the autumn of 2023, the CSU elected me with a large majority as its lead candidate for the European Parliament. The European elections in 2024 are about forging a strong and united Europe. Europe serves as our life insurance in an increasingly changing world. It takes centrist, Christian-Democratic policies to address the challenges of our time together as Europeans, ensuring prosperity, freedom, and security. We cannot do it alone. We must not allow our Europe to be torn apart by extremists from the right and left.