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Max Streibl

In office
1988 – 1993
Preceded by Franz Josef Strauss
Succeeded by Edmund Stoiber

In office
1970 – 1977

In office
1977 – 1988

Born January 6, 1932(1932-01-06)
Died December 11, 1998
Nationality German
Political party CSU
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Catholic

Max Streibl (January 6, 1932 in Oberammergau - December 11, 1998 in Munich) was a German politician of the CSU party and former Minister President of Bavaria.



Max Streibel was born in Oberammergau in 1932, where his parents owned a hotel business. He married his wife Irmingard in 1960 and they had one daughter and two sons.

After going to school in Ettal, he studied law in Munich, graduating in 1955. He worked in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and later, at the German Bundesrat in Bonn and joint the local government of the region of Upper Bavaria in 1960. From 1961, he worked for the state government and also began to rise in the ranks of the CSU. From 1961 to 1967, he lead the Junge Union, the Young Union, an organisation of his party aimed at young, new members.

He became a member of the Bavarian Landtag in 1962, a position he held until 1994, when he retired. He was then the General Secretary of the party from 1967 to 1970.

Max Streibl served as Bavarian Minister for the Environment (1970-1977), a newly formed ministry, and for Finance (1977-1988). After the sudden death of Franz Josef Strauß in 1988, Max Streibl succeeded him as prime minister (Ministerpräsident) of Bavaria on 19 October 1988. Max Streibl was deeply rooted in Catholicism, but soon became unpopular because of alleged bribery (he was paid holiday trips by Burkhart Grob, the chairman of an aircraft producing company[1]). Because of this so-called "amigo-affair"[2], coming to the surface in January 1993, he was forced to resign on 27 May 1993 and Edmund Stoiber took office, despite the later being involved in the affair, too[3]. The affair did result in a policy change in Bavaria, aimed at untangeling the connections between politics and business[4].

Streibl's defiant final words upon his resignation, with a tears in his eyes, were "Adios Amigos!"[5][6].

He retired from politics shortly after and died in December 1998 in Munich.


Further reading

  • Max Streibl, Bayerischer Ministerpräsident, (in German) author: Max Streibl, Gerhard A. Friedl, publisher: Carl Gerber Verlag, 1989, ISBN: 3872491334
  • Modell Bayern. Ein Weg in die Zukunft, (in German) author: Max Streibl, publisher: Carl Gerber Verlag, 1985, ISBN 387249094



  1. ^ GERMANS CANCEL BIG U.S. PURCHASE The New York Times, 4 February 1993, accessed: 10 May 2008
  2. ^ Germany-Government and Politics Encyclopædia Britannica online, accessed: 10 May 2008
  3. ^ Democracy and Corruption in Europe google book review, author: Donatella Della Porta, Yves Mény, publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group, page 89-90, accessed: 10 May 2008
  4. ^ Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship Policy google book review, author: David B. Audretsch, Isabel Grilo, A. Roy Thurik, publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing, page 204, accessed: 10 May 2008
  5. ^ Gerster ist unschuldig! (in German), author: Hagen Reimer, free lance journalist, accessed: 10 May 2008
  6. ^ Vom Vater hat sie nicht nur die Gestik geerbt (in German) Berliner Zeitung online, 22 September 1999, accessed: 10 May 2008
Preceded by
Franz Josef Strauss
Prime Minister of Bavaria
1988 – 1993
Succeeded by
Edmund Stoiber


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