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Günther Beckstein

also known as Günther Beckstein

Lawyer , politician

Günther Beckstein is a Bavarian CSU politician and wasthe Minister-President of Bavaria from 9 October 2007 to 27 October 2008. He is well known for his outspoken views on law and order.


BECKSTEIN, Dr. Gunther was born on November 23, 1943 in Hersbruck.


In 1975, he wrote his dissertation Der Gewissenstäter im Strafrecht und Strafprozessrecht (The Delinquent of Conscience in Criminal Law and Trial Law) which lead to his Ph.D.


Member of Landtag Bavaria, since 1974. Chairman, Security Council Landtag Bavaria, 1978-1988. Member of Press Council.

Member of Bundesrat, since 1988. Deputy Chairman, Christlich Soziale Union (Christian Social Union) Diet Section, Jul.- October 1988. Deputy Chairman, Christlich Soziale Union (Christian Social Union) Nümberg-Fürth. and Nürnberg-Nord.

Member of Christlich Soziale Union (Christian Social Union) Executive Committee. Secretary of State for the Interior, Bavaria, Munich, October since 1988.


Beckstein is an outspoken critic of the Church of Scientology.

He has warned repeatedly of the dangers arising from Islamist extremists in Germany and has asked for greater powers for government security departments to deal with those. He was criticized for this by members of the SPD and German Muslims.

He is a staunch supporter of Israel and has warned in the past of the danger of right-wing extremism and antisemitism.


  • The Christian Social Union of Bavaria , Germany


Marga Beckstein