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Dagmar Wöhrl

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Dagmar Wöhrl
Wöhrl in 2012
Member of the Bundestag
In office
Personal details
Dagmar Gabriele Winkler

(1954-05-05) 5 May 1954 (age 70)
Stein, Bavaria, West Germany
Political partyChristian Social Union (CSU)
SpouseHans Rudolf Wöhrl
Alma materUniversity of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Dagmar Gabriele Wöhrl (née Winkler; born 5 May 1954) is a German politician of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU). She has served as Chairwoman of the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Bundestag. She was also a member of the 'Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Arabic-Speaking States' in the Middle East.

Wöhrl is the member of UNICEF National Committee of Germany.

Early life and career


Born in Stein, Bavaria, Wöhrl represented Germany in various beauty pageants: the 1973 Miss Universe beauty pageant where she did not place; the Miss International 1977 beauty pageant where she placed as first runner-up; the Miss World 1977[1] beauty pageant (after she won the Miss Germany beauty pageant 1977) where she placed as second runner-up; and the 1977 Miss Europe beauty pageant (held in March 1978 having been postponed in 1977, yet still called Miss Europe 1977) where she placed as first runner-up.

Political career

Wöhrl (right) with members of her party at the Germany federal election

In 1994, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2009 and 2013, Wöhrl was elected to the German Bundestag, representing Nuremberg North. In the first government of Chancellor Angela Merkel between 2005 and 2009, she served as Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology under ministers Michael Glos (2005–2009) and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (2009).

In the negotiations to form a coalition government following the 2009 federal elections, Wöhrl was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on economic affairs and energy policy, led by Guttenberg and Rainer Brüderle. She later served as Chairwoman of the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Bundestag.[2] She was also a member of the 'Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Arabic-Speaking States' in the Middle East, which is in charge of maintaining inter-parliamentary relations with Bahrain, Irak, Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and the Palestinian territories.

From 2009, Wöhrl also served on the Committee on Cultural and Media Affairs, where she was her parliamentary group's rapporteur on creative industries.

In March 2015, Wöhrl accompanied German President Joachim Gauck on a state visit to Peru. In addition, she joined the delegations of Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller to Nigeria (2014), Ghana (2015), Liberia (2015) and the Central African Republic (2015).

In April 2016, Wöhrl announced that she would not stand in the 2017 federal elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.[3]

Political positions

Wöhrl in 2008

Development policy


When several Western countries froze their official development assistance for Uganda in response to the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act in 2014, Wöhrl warned that "stopping all the aid would only hit the poorest of poor once again."[4]

Peace-keeping on the African continent


During her time in parliament, Wöhrl voted in favor of German participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions as well as in United Nations-mandated European Union peacekeeping missions on the African continent, such as in Somalia – both Operation Atalanta and EUTM Somalia – (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), Darfur/Sudan (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), South Sudan (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), Mali – both EUTM Mali and MINUSMA – (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), the Central African Republic (2014), and Liberia (2015). She abstained from the vote on extending the mandate for Operation Atalanta in 2011.

European integration


On 27 February 2015, Wöhrl voted against the Merkel government's proposal for a four-month extension of Greece's bailout; in doing so, she joined a record number of 29 dissenters from the CDU/CSU parliamentary group who expressed skepticism about whether the Greek government under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras could be trusted to deliver on its reform pledges.[5] On 17 July, she voted against the government's proposal to negotiate a third bailout for Greece.[6]

Other activities


Television appearances


By early 2017, media reported that Wöhrl would be joining the jury of Die Höhle der Löwen, a VOX reality television format featuring entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas in order to secure investment finance from a panel of venture capitalists.[7]

Corporate boards (selection)

  • Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Member of the Supervisory Board[8][9]
  • DORMERO Hotel AG, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Nürnberger Krankenversicherung, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • Nürnberger Lebensversicherung, Member of the Supervisory Board
  • GIZ, Member of the Supervisory Board (–2017)
  • Deutschlandradio, Member of the Supervisory Board (–2017)
  • German Federal Film Board (FFA), Member of the Supervisory Board (–2017)
  • German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG), Member of the Supervisory Board (2005–2009)
  • Bank Sarasin AG, Frankfurt/Main, Member of the Advisory Board (2009–2013)
  • Nürnberger Allgemeine Versicherungs-AG, Member of the Supervisory Board (2009–2011)

Non-profit organizations (selection)


Personal life

Wöhrl with her husband in 2013

Wöhrl is married to the German CEO Hans Rudolf Wöhrl. In 2001, she was subject of much media coverage after her younger son Emanuel died because of an accident.[citation needed] Her older son Marcus ran for the European Parliament in 2004.


  1. ^ The Guardian view on Miss World: nasty, but not as nasty as reality TV The Guardian, 25 November 2014.
  2. ^ Stephan Wallace (29 April 2014), Commentary: Bundestag Committees American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS).
  3. ^ Wöhrl verabschiedet sich mit Adele aus der Politik Die Welt, 8 April 2016.
  4. ^ Philipp Sandner (27 February 2014), [German aid for Uganda as yet unchanged] Deutsche Welle.
  5. ^ Stephen Brown (27 February 2015), Germany backs Greek extension but bailout fatigue grows Reuters.
  6. ^ Paul Carrel (17 July 2015), German lawmakers back Greek bailout despite rebellion; Tsipras sacks dissenters Reuters.
  7. ^ 1John Puthenpurackal (6 January 2017), Hammer bei "Die Höhle der Löwen": Politikerin geht in TV-Jury Bild.
  8. ^ Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd new Board of Directors announced, press release of 12 June 2013.
  9. ^ Karsten Kammholz (23 March 2014), Der pikante Nebenjob der CSU-Politikerin Wöhrl Die Welt.
  10. ^ General Assembly of Members UNICEF Deutschland.