If two withdraw, the third is happy: Because the CDU MPs Monika Grütters and Monika Widmann-Mauz, who previously acted for the office as Vice-Presidents of the Bundestag, had renounced their candidacy, the executive board of the Union parliamentary group nominated the Saxon politician Yvonne Magwas.

Stefan Locke

Correspondent for Saxony and Thuringia based in Dresden.

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Fractional leader Ralph Brinkhaus justified the candidacy of the 41-year-old Vogtlander among other things with the fact that she was both an experienced parliamentarian and a comparatively young member of the parliamentary group.

In addition, as the mother of one child, she is in the middle of life.

This sets Magwas apart from its predominantly male and comparatively old faction majority.

She now holds one of the few important offices that the CDU and CSU still have to assign.

In 2013, Magwas moved into the Bundestag for the first time via the state list.

In 2017 she went to Berlin as a directly elected member of her home, the Saxon Vogtland.

In September she defended her direct mandate - as one of only four CDU candidates in Saxony and the only one in a rural constituency.

The other ten electoral districts of Saxony brought AfD candidates with some clear lead over the Union, which until then had almost always secured all mandates.

Magwas, born in 1979, began politics in the city council of Auerbach and in the district council of the Vogtland district.

After the change of government to red-green in 1998, she demonstratively joined the Junge Union and three years later the CDU.

But politics initially remained a sideline for her, while she studied sociology, psychology and business administration at the Technical University of Chemnitz and graduated in 2006 with a degree in sociology.

At that time she founded a company with fellow students to arrange internships, but switched to politics after completing her studies and went to Berlin as the office manager of the then Vogtland member of the Bundestag.

Magwas belongs to the progressive part of the sometimes very conservative Saxon CDU.

In 2018 she became chairwoman of the group of women in the Union parliamentary group and moved up to the board.

She is in a relationship with her parliamentary group colleague Marco Wanderwitz, who was previously the federal government's commissioner for Eastern Europe.

In 2019 they became parents of one child.

With her election as Vice President of the Bundestag, she is not only treading another path on the political career ladder, but is also sending a signal to the East Germans that their interests are visibly represented at the CDU in Berlin.

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