Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) – Leading state politicians of the green-black government coalition have paid tribute to the CDU politician and former minister Hermann Schaufler, who died at the age of 75. The CDU state chairman and Interior Minister Thomas Strobl called the native of Tübingen a “special politician who always acted courageously and forward-looking”. Schaufler died on Thursday, as a spokeswoman for the CDU Baden-Württemberg announced on Saturday in Stuttgart.
Strobl explained that Schaufler, who, among other things, headed the state government’s transport department in the 1990s, was a pioneer and mastermind of modern mobility policy. Schaufler resigned in 1998 as part of a donation scandal.
Transport Minister Winfried Hermann (Greens) also emphasized Schaufler’s merits. The lawyer paved the way for the expansion of local public transport in the country and promoted the regionalization of the railways. He also campaigned for the reactivation of closed railway lines such as the Ermstalbahn and the Ammertalbahn and helped push the Baden-Württemberg local transport company. The construction of the Karlsruhe light rail network would not have been possible without the support of Schaufler, Hermann said. With him, the country is losing a pugnacious, but always fair, long-standing parliamentarian, explained the Green politician.
“The loss of Hermann Schaufler affects my colleagues in the CDU parliamentary group and I very much,” said parliamentary group leader Manuel Hagel. “Hermann Schaufler was a thoroughbred politician who always gave everything for his homeland and the people of Baden-Württemberg.” He was a mainstay of the state government and an eloquent member of parliament who kept his feet on the ground, said Hagel.
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