Welcome Friends of the CDU/CSU

We are friends of the CDU/CSU in London. Our active network of conservative minded British, German or international expats likes to discuss topics on global and German current affairs to Brexit.

We organise regular meetings and invite German, British or European politicians when they are visiting London. Our club is a great opportunity to connect with the German and European community in London.

Interested in networking or meeting friends of the CDU/CSU in London? Sign up and join us at one of our next meetings in London.

Meet the Executives

Juergen Schuhmacher


Juergen has been working in international finance and capital markets in the City of London.

Martin Roeger

Deputy Chairman 

Martin works as a researcher for a British university.

Felix Dane

Council Member – Politics

Felix is the Director of a think tank in London.

Matthias Barner

Council Member by Office

Matthias is the Director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for the UK and Ireland. 

Stefan Wachsmuth

Council Member – Treasury

Stefan works as a banker in London and he serves as treasurer since 2016.

Felix Strasser

Council Member – IT

Felix works for a big IT company in London.


The Friends of the CDU group was founded in June 1991 by 3 members of the CDU in London Dr Bernd Atenstaedt (Federation of German Industry), Hans Murmann (Metallgesellschaft) and Helmut Wegener (German Embassy) to take an active part in the work of the CDU.

Some 30 senior executives of German manufacturing companies and financial institutions in the UK became members.

They had many meetings, lunches and dinners at their homes and in the Reform Club in London SW1 with German and British politicians over the years.

to mention but a few:

Peter Altmaier MdB                                       Hugh Dykes MP

Patrick Döring MdB                                       Stephen Dorrell MP

Peter Hintze MdB                                           Paul Farrelly MP

Hermann Gröhe MdB                                     Greg Hands MP

Manfred Grund MdB

Stephan Mayer MdB

Dr Thomas de Maiziere MdB

David McAllister MdL

Günther Öttinger MdL

Katherina Reiche MdB

Christian Schmidt MdB

Dr Norbert Röttgen MdB

Detlef Seif MdB

Arnold Vaatz MdB

Tankred Schipanski MdB

One of the highlights was a meeting organised together with KAS London in June 2003 at the Savoy Hotel in London W1 with Dr Angela Merkel MdB, at the time Chairman of the CDU.

Members also spent many weekends in European capitals; meeting  German ambassadors who were members of the CDU,   in Madrid, Oslo, Paris, Rome and Vienna. They also visited Berlin and Dresden soon after Reunification and met  with the General Secretary of the CDU and the  Prime Minister of Saxony Dr Georg Milbradt MdL.

Dr Atenstaedt looked after the Friends of the CDU for more than 20 years having been elected chairman in 1991 and every year afterwards. He was very much supported over the years by Hans Murmann, Manfred Graf von Roon and Roger Wolf. He retired in 2012 and became honorary chairman.  Claudia Crawford (KAS London) previously MdB and Member of the German Government  took over from him followed by Jürgen Schuhmacher in 2013 when Claudia was posted to KAS Moscow.

In early 2020 we were honoured to welcome our Party-Chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as our guest.