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Carstens, Karl Walter (Karl)

Born: 1914 AD
Died: 1992 AD, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Politician


1914 - He was born in Bremen on the 14th of December.

1933-1936 - Carstens studied law and political science at the universities of Frankfurt, Dijon, Munich, Königsberg, and Hamburg.

1940 - Carstens joined the NSDAP, reportedly to avoid detrimental treatment when he was a law clerk.

1949 - He received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Yale Law School.

1955 - He entered the CDU.

1960 - In July, Carstens entered government service as a secretary of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1966 - He first served as secretary of state in the Ministry of Defence.

1968 - He served as Director of the Chancellor's Office.

1972 - Carstens was first elected into the Bundestag.

1973-1976 - He was the chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

1979 - On the 23rd of May, Carstens was elected as the fifth President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

1983 - On the 7th of January, President Carstens nonetheless dissolved the Bundestag and called for new elections.

         - In February, Carstens' decision was approved by the Federal Constitutional Court so that general elections could take place.

1984 - He decided not to seek a second term on account of his age and left office on the 30th of June.

1992 - He died on the 30th of May.


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