Paul Kirchhof

Politician

1943 –

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Who is Paul Kirchhof?

Paul Kirchhof is a German jurist and tax law expert. He is also a professor of law, member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and a former judge in the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, the highest court in Germany.

Kirchhof obtained a doctorate at the early age of 25 having studied law in Freiburg and Munich. He then became director of the Institute for Tax Law at the University of Münster. In 1987 he was finally appointed to the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in Karlsruhe, where he remained a judge until 1999. He then assumed the position of professor at the University of Heidelberg School of Law.

During the 2005 federal election campaign, Angela Merkel, leader of the CDU/CSU, announced that Kirchhof would serve as minister of finance if she formed a government. Kirchhof proposed a graduated income tax rate of 15, 20 and 25%. Chancellor Gerhard Schröder successfully mocked Kirchhof during the SPD's campaign, calling him "that professor from Heidelberg", implying Kirchhof an ivory-towered point of view.

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Born
Feb 21, 1943
Osnabrück
Also known as
  • Judge Paul Kirchhof
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • University of Freiburg
Employment
  • Heidelberg University
  • Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
Lived in
  • Osnabrück
  • Heidelberg

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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