Christian Social Union of Bavaria

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Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern
Leader Horst Lorenz Seehofer (Minister President of Bavaria)
Founded 1945
Headquarters Franz Josef Strauß-Haus
Nymphenburger Str. 64
80335 München
Ideology Christian Democracy
International affiliation Christian Democrat International and International Democrat Union
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament group European People's Party - European Democrats
Colours Blue (campaign colour)
Website
http://www.csu.de

Politics of Germany
Political parties

The Christian Social Union of Bavaria or Christlich Soziale Union (short CSU) is a conservative political party in the German state of Bavaria. In the federal parliament of Germany (Bundestag) the CSU and the CDU, which the main center right political party of Germany, always join together.

Its chief is Horst Lorenz Seehofer.

History[change | edit source]

In 1945, two local CSU groups were founded. One in Würzburg and the other in Munich.

In January 1946 the CSU was founded for the whole of Bavaria.

All state elections of Bavaria were won by the CSU. Sometimes the CSU had to make some coalitions with the Bayernpartei (Bavarian Party), the FDP or the SPD.

In the federal government the CSU always joins with the CDU.

The CSU is more conservative than the CDU.

One very famous leader of the CSU was Franz Josef Strauß. Sometimes he was well known for the good that he did. Other times because of scandals.

Programme[change | edit source]

The CSU is a very conservative party according to the people of Bavaria, who mainly live in the countryside and smaller towns and villages.

Traditionally it tried to make a compromise between conservative tradition and social welfare.

Currently it leans to more free market beliefs instead of social care.