Michael Glos

Michael Glos (born 14 December 1944) is a German politician of the Christian Social Union (CDU) who served as Minister for Economics and Technology in the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel from 22 November 2005 until 10 February 2009.

Michael Glos
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Federal Minister for Economics and Technology
In office
22 November 2005 – 10 February 2009
ChancellorAngela Merkel
Preceded byWolfgang Clement
Succeeded byKarl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
First Deputy Leader of the CDU/CSU Group in the Bundestag
In office
22 January 1993 – 21 November 2005
LeaderWolfgang Schäuble
Friedrich Merz
Angela Merkel
Preceded byWolfgang Bötsch
Succeeded byPeter Ramsauer
Personal details
Born (1944-12-14) 14 December 1944 (age 76)
Brünnau, Germany
Political partyChristian Social Union

Early life and careerEdit

After the secondary school level, Glos made an apprenticeship as miller[1] and became master in 1967. Starting 1968, he managed his parents' flour mill in Prichsenstadt.

Political careerEdit

Career in local politicsEdit

Glos joined the CSU in 1970. In 1972 he was the first chairman of the CSU-chapter of his hometown Prichsenstadt. From 1975 to 1993, he was chairman of the CSU chapter of Kitzingen. From 1976 he was part of the executive board of the CSU in Lower Franconia. From then he was also part of the CSU leadership. From 1972 to 1978, Glos was member of the district council of Prichsenstadt and, from 1975 to 1993, member of the council of the district (Kreistag) of Kitzingen.

Career in national politicsEdit

Glos first became a member of the Bundestag in the 1976 elections, representing the Schweinfurt district. From 1993 to 2005 he was chairman of the CSU parliamentary group and deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group.

Following the 2005 elections, Glos was appointed as Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Technology at short notice when CSU leader Edmund Stoiber rejected it.[2] Merkel had reportedly wanted to appoint him as Federal Minister of Defence.[3]

During his time in government, Glos was widely considered one of the weakest members of Chancellor Merkel's cabinet and had often seemed to struggle with his portfolio.[4] Among other projects, he led efforts on a 2008 law that allows the government to block moves by foreign investors to take large stakes in German companies, if it concludes that they endanger the country's interests.[5]

On 7 February 2009 Glos offered his resignation as minister, which was first denied by Horst Seehofer,[6][7] but later accepted.[8][9] He justified his resignation with his age and the need for renewal in the CSU after Seehofer's election as CSU chairman.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Glos is married and father of two children. His third child died in a car accident near Munich in 1997.


  1. ^ Dave Graham (February 9, 2009), Merkel loses Economy Minister ahead of election Reuters.
  2. ^ Dave Graham (February 9, 2009), Merkel loses Economy Minister ahead of election Reuters.
  3. ^ Judy Dempsey (October 18, 2005), Merkel Appoints 6 Conservatives to Join a Shaky German Cabinet New York Times.
  4. ^ Bertrand Benoit and Ralph Atkins (February 9, 2009), Merkel ponders successor as Glos quits Financial Times.
  5. ^ Germany approves law against some foreign investor actions International Herald Tribune, August 20, 2008.
  6. ^ "Wirtschaftsminister Michael Glos bietet Rücktritt an" (in German). Reuters Deutschland. 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
  7. ^ "Seehofer lehnt Glos' Rücktrittsgesuch ab" (in German). Spiegel Online. 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
  8. ^ "Merkel und Seehofer akzeptieren Glos-Rücktritt" (in German). 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
  9. ^ "German economics minister resigns". The Telegraph. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
  10. ^ Bertrand Benoit and Ralph Atkins (February 9, 2009), Merkel ponders successor as Glos quits Financial Times.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wolfgang Clement
Federal Minister for Economics and Technology
Succeeded by
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg