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Mr Axel SCHÄFER (Germany, SOC)


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 (from 25/01/2022 to 22/01/2023)
  • 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

10/10/2023 | 19:05:21 Dear colleagues, Monitoring is quite difficult to translate into German and means supervision and has quite a negative connotation. In fact, what we are doing here is discussing how the obligations and commitments of the individual member states are being met. And that's why I'm taking the liberty of saying something a bit fundamental at this point, because the question of which countries are under which monitoring is always a matter of discussion in all the groups. The crucial thing is that... 10/10/2023 | 17:52:50 Madam President Ladies and gentlemen For me as a German, this report is of course of particular importance. After all, in 1933, the extreme-right Nazis, with majority support in Parliament from all democratic parties, were handed power and brought about unspeakable suffering to their own country, to Europe and to the entire world. For me personally, this has an additional meaning. One of my predecessors as a member of parliament, a Social Democrat in Bochum, was killed by the Nazis in the... 25/04/2023 | 16:49:14 Madam President, Dear colleagues, The Road to Reykjavík is the destination, and the goal that this summit takes place is a success for us as members of parliament in a special way. That is why it is also our task as members of parliament to put Reykjavík up for discussion in our 46 national parliaments. That is why it is also our duty as members of parliament to name what successes have been achieved and not just primarily to lament what has not yet been achieved. That is why it is our duty... 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...