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(Christian Social Union) (Germany)

A Bavarian conservative sister party of the CDU, which does not exist outside Bavaria. Founded in 1945, it has always formed the state's government except for the period 1954–7. It tends to be more conservative than the CDU, and has stood for federalism, the protection of the family, and high standards in education. As a coalition partner of the CDU at the national level, the CSU has had considerable influence on national politics, especially in the Ministries of the Interior and Agriculture, providing successive ministers during its years in government. The CSU has been particularly influential in national politics under the leadership of the controversial Strauss (1961–88) and Edmund Stoiber (1993–2007). Priding itself on being Europe's most successful democratic party, the CSU has won an absolute majority in the state parliament since 1962, while in 2003 it even obtained a two-thirds majority in parliament, with over 60 per cent of the popular vote.http://www.csu.de.The official website of the CSU.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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