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Membership of political groups

  • Chairperson: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

Assembly Member

  • since 27/01/2014 Representative-Germany
  • from 25/11/2011 to 27/01/2014 Substitute-Germany

MP's role(s) in Committee(s) and Sub-Committee(s)

  • Chairperson of Political Group: Standing Committee
  • Chairperson of Political Group: Bureau of the Assembly
  • Chairperson of Political Group: Presidential Committee
  • Ex officio (Rule 19.5 of the Rules of Procedure - Chairpersons of Political Groups): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
  • Ex officio (Rule 19.5 of the Rules of Procedure - Chairpersons of Political Groups): Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs
  • Ex officio (Rule 19.5 of the Rules of Procedure - Chairpersons of Political Groups): Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee)
  • Ex officio (Rule 19.5 of the Rules of Procedure - Chairpersons of Political Groups): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
  • Chairperson of Political Group: Sub-Committee on Conflicts between Council of Europe Member States


Last speeches

29/01/2020 | 18:38:08 Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, With the decision we took earlier, we have indeed embarked on a new path, and I would like to thank our colleagues from the PPE-DE for these wise and balanced words. I think, with all the differences we have, with all the difficulties there are and in very different positions; we should try — at least in the spirit of this new way of doing things, from this idea — to work together. Of course, that makes no sense if we were to end the path we took last year, by... 29/01/2020 | 17:50:25 Merci, Monsieur le President. Vielen Dank and thank you very much. For sure, I would like to thank all of you who contributed to the discussion for all your comments. Maybe I'm not allowed to say it, because it was on camera, but nobody acted against the recommendation of the Venice Commission because Mr VARAIKIS mentioned it. I just wanted to clarify that. For sure, we are not in easy times and what you describe is the reality of Europe and the reality we have to face. And we are in a situation... 29/01/2020 | 16:33:32 Distinguished President, Ladies and gentlemen, It is not easy if you sit there to reach this area here, but I'm here. The Council of Europe faces a lot of challenges, but it's not the Council of Europe alone. There are a lot of international organisations who have a lot of problems due to what we call a crisis of multilateralism. I think what we should always know is that it's not a crisis of the institutions. It's a crisis of some countries who would like to be members of an institution but don... 28/01/2020 | 10:30:57 Thank you very much, Mister President. Dear colleagues, first, it's interesting to recognise we now speak in the name of the very honorable and traditional group of European Conservatives to defend the government of Poland. I would like to thank the rapporteurs for this important report, which we've had to wait a very long time for. It's not you but there were others who failed to present a report in time to act. We always have a discussion about the question of who's more responsible for human ... 03/10/2019 | 12:10:28 Madam President, Secretary-General, Dear judges, Human rights defenders, Staff of this great organisation, Dear Colleagues. "It happened, therefore it can happen again." This is a quote from Primo Levi, an Italian writer and survivor of the Holocaust. "It happened, therefore it can happen again." That was the motivation for a project of school pupils in my constituency, Waltrop. The title of the project was "Alertness Project." When I sat there and was introduced to the project, I realised once ...