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Bernhard Vogel at the Landesparteitag 2008 for the CDU in Thüringen

Bernhard Vogel (born December 19, 1932) is a Germanmarker politician (CDU).

Vogel was born in Göttingenmarker. He was Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinatemarker from 1976 to 1988, where he was succeeded by Carl-Ludwig Wagner, and of Thuringiamarker from February 5, 1992 to June 5, 2003, where he was succeeded by Dieter Althaus. He is the only person to have been premier of two different German federal states and is the longest governing Minister-President of Germany. His brother is the SPD politician Hans-Jochen Vogel. He twice served as President of the Bundesratmarker in 1976/77 and 1987/88.

From 1965 to 1967, Vogel was a member of the German Bundestagmarker, a position from which he resigned to assume the job of Minister of Culture and Education in Rhineland-Palatinate under Premier Peter Altmeier. He continued in the same cabinet position under Altmeier's successor in 1969, Helmut Kohl. In 1973, when Kohl became chair of the national CDU, Vogel succeeded him as state party chair in Rhineland-Palatinate. His failure to be re-elected to this party office in 1988 led to his resignation as premier in a famous speech which he ended with the often-quoted phrase: "May God protect Rhineland-Palatinate!", an unusual display of public piety for German standards. Vogel is a devout Roman Catholic.


During this premiership in Thuringia he earned the nicknamed Vogelbernie (Vogel translates to bird in English) and therefore his office, the Staatskanzlei Erfurt, got nicknamed Vogelkäfig, which translates to "birdcage" in English.

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