The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, wants to become the head of the CDU. Now his family claims to have made an explosive discovery: they believe they are directly related to Emperor Charlemagne.
The family of North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (59) thinks they are descended directly from Charlemagne. Laschet’s brother Patrick had compiled detailed family trees and made a list that led a total of 40 steps from Charlemagne (747 / 748-814) to Laschet and his brothers.
Journalists Tobias Blasius and Moritz Küpper write this in their Laschet biography “Der Machtmenschliche”, which will be published on Friday. Charlemagne was the most powerful emperor of the Middle Ages – and Aachen his favorite Palatinate.
“The chance has been given”
Born in Aachen, Laschet admires Charlemagne and has a golden bust of Charlemagne hanging in his office in the State Chancellery of Düsseldorf. “As a resident of Öcher (Aachen) you would of course want to be descended from Charlemagne, and the opportunity has been given,” the authors quote Laschet’s brother Patrick.
Like the Frankish ruler, Laschet also strives for higher things. The politician applies for the federal presidency of the CDU and is considered a possible candidate for chancellor.