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Carstens, Karl Walter

Born: 1914 AD
Died: 1992 AD
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.