Member European Parliament, Germany, since 1999. Member Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats. Member committee on agriculture and rural development, committee on budgets.
Substitute delegation to the European Union-Slovenia Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Christian Democratic Union, Democratic Farmers" Party of Germany.
He is a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, part of the European People"s Party. In 1990 he was elected as a member of the People"s Chamber of the German Democratic Republic, representing the Democratic Farmers" Party of Germany (DBD), which later merged with the Christian Democratic Union.