Rolf Schlierer (* 21. Februar 1955 in Stuttgart) ist ein deutscher Politiker. Er ist seit 1994 Bundesvorsitzender der Republikaner.
Sein politischer Werdegang beginnt mit dem Vorsitz des Hochschulpolitischen Ausschusses der Deutschen Burschenschaft (1975/76) als Mitglied der Gießener Burschenschaft Germania. Von 1976 bis 1979 engagierte er sich hochschulpolitisch im RCDS; kurzzeitig war er auch Mitglied des „Nationaldemokratischen Hochschulbundes“ (Hochschulverband der NPD). Von 1982 bis 1985 war er Pressereferent der Deutschen Burschenschaft.
Von 1985 bis 1989 war er Mitglied im Präsidium des der CDU nahestehenden Studienzentrums Weikersheim. Diese „Denkfabrik“ verließ er wieder nach einem unter Druck der Presse zustande gekommenen Vier-Augen-Gespräch mit Hans Filbinger, der als ehemaliger Ministerpräsident das Zentrum mitinitiiert hatte.
Ziel des Gesprächs war, dass Schlierer im Studienzentrum bleiben und bei den Republikanern wieder austreten sollte. Das Ergebnis des Gesprächs war umgekehrt: Schlierer trat aus dem Studienzentrum aus und blieb bei den Republikanern.
Er war Stadtrat und Fraktionsvorsitzender der Republikaner im Stuttgarter Gemeinderat von 1989 bis 1992. Von 1992 bis 2001 war Schlierer Mitglied des Landtags von Baden-Württemberg und war in dieser Zeit auch Fraktionsvorsitzender seiner Partei. Seit 2004 ist er erneut Mitglied des Stuttgarter Gemeinderates.
Rolf Schlierer (born February 21, 1955 in Stuttgart) is a German physician, lawyer and politician and the current leader of the small right-wing party The Republicans (REP).
Schlierer first came to prominence as chairman of the university political committee of the Deutsche Burschenschaft between 1975 and 1976 and he remained associated with this organisation until 1985. Schlierer became associated with REP sometime after this, although he left the party in 1988 due to the increasing radicalisation under leader Franz Schönhuber.
He then rejoined REP in 1989 and soon became deputy chairman of the party in Baden-Württemberg as well as party leader in Stuttgart.
Schlierer succeeded Schönhuber as party chairman on December 17, 1994. As a leader Schlierer has been described as "nondescript", although he lacks the links to Nazism that Schönhuber, a member of the Nazi Party and Waffen SS, had. This was especially important as Schlierer sought to make REP more moderate in order to attract the support of the middle classes. The early stages of his leadership were rocky as internal struggles between his own moderate and the radical wing under Schönhuber threatened to destabilise the party. However, in spite of these problems, his vision was endorsed initially by the electorate as REP won 9.1% of the vote and 14 seats in Baden-Württemberg in 1996 to, at least temporarily, put the internal struggles on hold. Following this election Schlierer was re-elected as chairman at the party's conference by 77% of the delegates in attendance.
Eschewing the possibility of any alliances with more right wing groups such as the German People's Union and the National Democratic Party of Germany, Schlierer took instead as his model Jörg Haider, although he lacked the oratorial talent and charisma of his Austrian counterpart. As part of his admiration for Haider Schlierer even organised a "Solidarity with Austria" campaign during Haider's time in government and told his supporters to holiday in Haider's home state of Carinthia.
Although the Baden-Württemberg result had secured his position, Schlierer would soon find himself facing renewed criticism from the extremists within the party as subsequent election results proved disappointing. As a consequence he faced a leadership challenge in 1998 from Christian Käs. Ultimately Käs withdrew his candidacy at the last minute and so Schlierer continued as leader, although the contest further exposed the divisions between the party's two wings. Käs remained as one of the party's vice-chairmen, and continued to be a critical voice against the leadership, whilst Schlierer was forced into a climbdown when he met representatives of the German People's Union, whom he had previously dismissed as a "paper party" that had little existence beyond leader Gerhard Frey, and agreed that the two parties should call a series of local electoral truces in their main areas of activities.
y, as part of his drive for moderation in REP, he has also sought to forge links with the Christian Democratic Union over the issue of maintaining rigidity in German nationality law.
17 Oktober 2012