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Annette Schavan

Assumed office 
November 22, 2005
Preceded by Edelgard Bulmahn

Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of Baden-Württemberg  Germany
In office
July 19, 1995 – October 5, 2005
Preceded by Marianne Schultz-Hector
Succeeded by Helmut Rau

Born June 10, 1955 (1955-06-10) (age 54)
Jüchen, Germany
Nationality  Germany
Political party Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
Alma mater University of Bonn
University of Düsseldorf

About this sound Annette Schavan (born June 10, 1955 in Jüchen) is a German politician (CDU). She has been the Federal Minister of Education and Research since November 22, 2005.

From 1995-2005, she served as the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. During this time, she oversaw school education in Baden-Württemberg, and started a controversy when she disallowed a Muslim teacher to wear a head scarf in school, since that was seen as a religious symbol, while allowing Catholic nuns to wear their traditional habit.

Schavan was under discussion to become the Christian Democrats' candidate for Germany's presidency in 2004, but Horst Köhler was nominated and elected. In 2005 she tried to succeed Erwin Teufel as Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, but she was defeated by her rival Günther Oettinger (also CDU) in the internal elections of the CDU.

In 2006 she received the Else Mayer Award.

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