Hans Michelbach
Hans Michelbach in 2012
Member of the Bundestag for Coburg
In office
1994–2021
Personal details
Born (1949-05-03) 3 May 1949 (age 72)
Gemünden am Main, West Germany
(now Germany)
NationalityGerman
Political partyCSU

Hans Michelbach (born 3 May 1949) is a German politician of the Christian Social Union (CSU) who has been serving as a member of the Bundestag from the state of Bavaria since 1994.

He represents Coburg.

Political career

Michelbach became a member of the Bundestag in the 1994 German federal election, representing Coburg.[1] He has since been a member of the Finance Committee.[2] From 1994 until 1998, he also served on the Budget Committee. In this capacity, he was also the party's main spokesman on budgetary matters.[3]

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of the Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) following the 2013 federal elections, Michelbach was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on economic policy, led by Ilse Aigner and Hubertus Heil. In the negotiations to form Merkel’s fourth coalition government following the 2017 federal elections, he was part of the working group on financial policies and taxes, led by Peter Altmaier, Andreas Scheuer and Olaf Scholz.

In October 2020, Michelbach announced that he would not stand in the 2021 federal elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.[4]

Political positions

In June 2017, Michelbach was one of only seven CSU members who voted in favor of Germany’s introduction of same-sex marriage.[5]

Within the German Parliament, Michelbach was a high-profile critic of Mario Draghi’s term as president of the European Central Bank.[6]

When European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni announced plans to re-examine the European Union’s Stability and Growth Pact as part of a European Green Deal in late 2019, Michelbach warned the Commission against any attempt to loosen the EU’s budget rules: “Gentiloni’s plans are an attack on the stabilisation goals under the pretext of protecting the climate.”[7]

References

  1. ^ "Dr. h.c. (Univ Kyiv) Hans Michelbach". CDU/CSU-Fraktion. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  2. ^ "German Bundestag - Finance". German Bundestag. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  3. ^ Sam Fleming and Guy Chazan (December 11, 2019), German politicians warn EU on looser budget rules for green drive Financial Times.
  4. ^ Michelbach tritt nicht mehr für Coburg im Bundestag an, October 2020 (german)
  5. ^ Bastian Brauns (June 30, 2017), Die progressiven Ausreißer der Union Die Zeit.
  6. ^ Martin Arnold (September 13, 2019), Europe quantitative easing: Draghi faces chorus of criticism over fresh stimulus Financial Times.
  7. ^ Sam Fleming and Guy Chazan (December 11, 2019), German politicians warn EU on looser budget rules for green drive Financial Times.