Karl Carstens

Karl Carstens (* 14. December 1914 in Bremen; † 30. May 1992 in Meckenheim) was a German politician (CDU).

He was from 1976 to 1979 a president of the German federal daily and from 1979 to 1984 Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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training and occupation

after the Abitur 1933 completed Carstens a study of the jurisprudence and the political science in Frankfurt/Main, Dijon (France), Munich, king mountain and Hamburg, which it terminated 1936 with first and 1939 with the second legal state examination. 1938 took place its graduation to the Dr. jur.. From 1939 to 1945 it took then as a soldier at the Second World Warpart. After end of war it became certified in Bremen as an attorney. 1948 began Carstens a study at the Yale - university in new Haven, Connecticut (the USA), which it terminated 1949 with the degree of a master OF Law (LL.M.). From 1949 to 1953 he was legal adviserof Bremen the senate and authorized person of Bremen with the federation. Starting from 1950 it had a training order at the University of Cologne. Here 1952 its Habilitation took place. it occurred 1954 then the foreign service of the Federal Republic of Germany . Until 1955 he was a Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germanyat the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, afterwards it was active in the Foreign Office in Bonn. Here he took over 1958 the line of the department of “west I Europe “. 1960 took place its appointment to the professor for state and international law at the University of Cologne. From 1970 to 1972 ledit Forschungsinstitut of the German society for foreign policy in Bonn.


since 1944 it was married with Veronica Prior. Veronica Carstens became late specialized lady doctor for internal medicine. From the marriage no children followed.

The married couple created 1982 the Karland Veronica Carstens donation with the goal of the promotion of the science and research of naturopathy and Homöopathie. The promotion association nature and medicine is with its 40,000 members the largest citizen movement for naturopathy and Homöopathie in Europe.

party memberships

from 1940 to 1945 was it member of the NSDAP. It is to have placed the application for membership as a junior lawyer on Veranlassung of the Landgerichtspräsidenten and under the menace of vocational disadvantages, however Carstens was already since 1933 member of the NSDAP own, paramilitärischen organization SA.

Since 1955 it was member of the CDU.


from 1972 to 1979 were it member of the German federal daily. Here it was of May 1973 until Octobers of 1976 chairmen of the CDU CSU - Bundestag faction. After the election to the Bundestag 1976 Carstens became to 14. December 1976 to the president of the German federal daily selected. 1972 it over the national list Schleswig-Holstein and 1976 as directly selected delegates of the constituency Pinneberg into the Bundestag had drawn.

public offices

of July 1960 until December 1966 he was undersecretary of state in the Foreign Office, in the time of the large coalition ofDecember 1966 to 1968 undersecretary of state in the Federal Ministry of the defense. From 1968 to 1969 he was then as an undersecretary of state a boss of the Office of the Federal Chancellor.

With the Federal President choice 1979 the Presidential Election Council selected it to 23. May 1979 to 5. Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany. It solved thereby Walter cross-eyed off. For age reasons he did without the candidacy for a second term of office and separated thereby to 30. June 1984 from the office.


1984 it became with the Karl price of the city Aachen, the cities Bonn and Berlinas well as the University of Cologne excellently. 1987 it received - price and the golden medal of the Humboldt society to the Hanns Martin Schleyer. 1990 were lent to it the gold medal of the “ Fondation Jean Monnet pour l'Europe " as well as 1991 the European Karl price of the Sudeten Germans homeland association.


Carstens died in thatNight of 29. on the 30. May 1992 in its residence Meckenheim with Bonn at the consequences of an impact accumulation.


  • the acquisition in good faith of pledge rights to laws on real estate, thesis, 1938
  • basic ideas of the American condition and its implementation, Habilitation, 1952/54
  • the right of the Council of Europe,1956
  • political guidance - experiences in the service of the Federal Government, 1971
  • German poems (Hrsg.), 1983
  • memories and experiences, 1993

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