September 12th, 2013

CSGG: Sept. 12 – The Hon. Ruprecht Polenz, MdB

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About The Hon. Ruprecht Polenz, MdB

The Hon. Ruprecht Polenz, MdB

Ruprecht Polenz is Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, of which he has been a member since 1994. The focal points of his work are foreign and security policy, with regional emphasis on the Middle East, in particular Iran and Turkey and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is following the political effects of Islam both in this region and beyond with particular interest. Good transatlantic relations with the USA are especially important to him.

In addition, he chairs the Bundestag’s Parliamentary Control Panel under Section 41 (5) of the Foreign Trade and Payments Act and is a substitute member of the Joint Committee of the Bundestag and Bundesrat under Article 53 a of the Basic Law. In the year 2000, Ruprecht Polenz was the Secretary-General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Today he sits on the executive committee of the North-Rhine/Westphalia CDU und is a member of the CDU’s Federal Committee on Foreign and Security Policy.

He is a lawyer and has worked since 1980 for Northern Westphalia Chamber of Industry and Commerce, becoming its director for media and public relations in 1984. He is on leave of absence while he is a Member of the German Bundestag. Ruprecht Polenz, born on 26 May 1946 in Denkwitz/Bautzen, is Roman-Catholic, married and the father of four children.