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In the political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group since 25/01/2021
  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group from 01/08/2017 to 24/01/2021
  • Member: Socialist Group from 25/01/2010 to 31/07/2017

In the Assembly

  • since 22/01/2018 Representative - Germany
  • from 25/01/2010 to 21/01/2018 Substitute - Germany

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (since 21/01/2019)
  • Full Member: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 22/01/2018)
  • Full Member: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 23/01/2012 to 09/03/2012)
  • Member: (Former) Committee on Culture, Science and Education (from 25/01/2010 to 23/01/2012)
  • Member (Co-rapporteur on the Russian Federation): Sub-Committee on Conflicts concerning Council of Europe Member States (from 13/11/2019 to 16/03/2022)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Education, Youth and Sport (from 25/01/2018 to 12/04/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on relations with the OECD and the EBRD (from 25/01/2018 to 22/01/2019)
  • Alternate of Mr Armin LASCHET (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (since 24/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Ms Doris BARNETT (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 22/01/2018 to 23/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Holger ORTEL (Member): (Former) Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs (from 25/01/2010 to 23/01/2012)
  • Alternate of Ms Nicole HÖCHST (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Education, Youth and Sport (since 25/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Konstantin KUHLE (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Education, Youth and Sport (from 12/04/2021 to 23/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Jürgen HARDT (Full Member): Sub-Committee on External Relations (from 25/01/2018 to 23/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Ms Sybille BENNING (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (from 25/01/2018 to 23/01/2022)


Last speeches

15/03/2022 | 11:34:19 Madam President, Dear Colleagues, Dear Citizens of Ukraine, Dear People of Donetsk, It is terrible to see war in Europe again. That is why it is imperative to exclude Russia from the Council of Europe today. At the same time, it is hopeful that such a large majority of democratic politicians here in the Parliamentary Assembly are united in this historic hour. United for peace. I would like to say something about my partner city Donetsk, with which Bochum has been connected for over 30 years... 26/01/2022 | 11:17:31 Okay, yes. Mister President, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you also from my side to Lord George FOULKES and to Mr Gianni INFANTINO both for the report and for the open debate that we are having here. I want to focus this on three points. One is soccer and values. It is sometimes a difficult balancing act that we have to walk. On the one hand, that sport is not political in the classical sense. On the other hand, that human right is indivisible. That's why it's important for me that we support... 01/10/2019 | 11:25:09 Madam President, Dear Colleagues, In fact, we are talking about something self-evident in this important report, namely on the perception of citizenship rights. But in reality, we also talk about one attitude, namely, moral courage. Bertolt Brecht once said: "A lot is won if someone gets up and says 'no'". We have many examples, my colleagues, previous speakers have already named them individually, where you could personally understand what has succeeded, what has failed, and also under what... 10/04/2019 | 18:17:21 We are talking about the future and even the existence of this Parliamentary Assembly. We need to be frank and open, not tactical. We are facing an unprecedented question: can we go on? How far can we go? I would like to speak to this issue not only as a socialist but as a German. I represent Bochum. Our partner city is Donetsk. I say this to the previous speakers from Ukraine: you have my sympathy. I was an election observer for the OSCE during the Maidan revolution. My heart bleeds because... 09/04/2019 | 16:09:55 The report addresses the relationship between our institution – the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly – and the European Parliament, with its much greater budgetary powers. The important thing in it is that we keep the right spirit. I thank the rapporteur and all those who were involved in drawing up the report. In the Council of Europe and the European Union, we have created a form of multilateralism or supranationalism that is unique in the world. It is worth defending, every...