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Volker Rühe

Volker Rühe is former Defense Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany. He joined the CDU in 1963 and was a member of the German Bundestag from 1975 until last year. Shortly after his election to the Bundestag for his home city of Hamburg, he took over the chairmanship of the Foreign and Domestic Policy Committee of his parliamentary group. He held the position of secretary general of his party from 1989 until he assumed office as Minister of Defense under Helmut Kohl in April 1992. Rühe was the first Minister of Defense to send German troops on peace-keeping operations outside the NATO area. When the Kohl government lost the election in 1998, Rühe was elected deputy chairman of the CDU. He took over again his position as spokesman for the foreign, security, domestic and development aid policy in the Bundestag. (2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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