Franziska Brantner

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Franziska Brantner, 2014

Franziska Katharina Brantner (born August 24, 1979 in Lörrach ) is a German political scientist , social scientist and politician ( Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen ). She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2013 .


Brantner grew up in Neuchâtel on the Rhine and graduated from the German-French high school in Freiburg im Breisgau . After graduating from high school, she worked for a year in the offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Tel Aviv and then in Washington, DC . She then studied political science with a focus on international relations and European politics at the Sciences Po administration college in Paris and at Columbia University 's School of Public and International Affairs (SIPA) in New York with a master's and diploma degree in 2004. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Mannheim with a thesis on the ability to reform political institutions of the example of the United Nations doctorate . During this time she worked as a research assistant at Thomas König's Chair for Political Science II in Mannheim and was given a teaching position for international politics. From 2006 to 2007 she was a research fellow at the European Studies Center at St Antony's College , Oxford.

During the conference “Beijing + 5” of the UN General Assembly in 2000 (a follow -up conference to the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995) and until 2005, Brantner was co-chair of the “Youth Caucus” of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. For the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the UN women's rights organization, she worked as a consultant and co-ordinated in Brussels a joint project with the French EU Presidency in 2008 , the European Framework for Resolution 1325 of the UN Security developed . For the European Council on Foreign Relations she was co-author of a study on EU human rights policy in the United Nations. She worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation in Brussels on the subject of European foreign policy and European responses to the financial and economic crisis .

Brantner is also a trained mediator according to the guidelines of the Federal Mediation Association . She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Brantner was in a relationship with the mayor of Tübingen , Boris Palmer , with whom she has a daughter who was born in May 2010. She lives in Heidelberg and Berlin .


Franziska Brantner, 2019 in the German Bundestag

Brantner joined the Green Youth in 1996 , became a member of their Baden-Württemberg state board (1996–1997) and the national board (1997–1999). During her studies at Sciences Po in Paris, she founded a green university group and was one of the organizers of the first “European Student Convention” there in 2001/2002.

She was a member of the Federal Party's Peace and Security Commission and was a member of the team of authors for the party's manifesto for the 2009 European elections .

In the European elections in 2009 she ran for 11th place on the federal list of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen as a joint candidate of the Greens of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and thus won one of a total of 14 seats in the European Parliament achieved by the German Greens . She belonged to the Greens / EFA group and was the group’s foreign policy spokesperson and standing rapporteur for the EU stability instrument for conflict resolution and crisis response. She also led the negotiations on the establishment and reform of the European External Action Service for the Greens / EFA . She was a permanent member and green coordinator in the Committee on Foreign Affairs and an alternate member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defense , the Women's Rights and Equal Opportunities Committee, and the Budget Committee . Brantner was a member of the Europa-Union parliamentary group European Parliament and one of four vice-chairs of the European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics (EPPSP), a forum for members of the European Parliament and civil society. In 2010 she supported the Spinelli Group Initiative for more Europe. During the euro crisis in 2012, she pleaded for a community of liability.

In 2012 she was nominated to succeed Fritz Kuhn from the Greens in the Heidelberg constituency for the 2013 federal election and was elected via the state list. With her entry into the Bundestag she resigned her mandate in the European Parliament on October 21, 2013. In the 2013–2017 legislative period, she was spokeswoman for the Green parliamentary group on family policy . She also chaired the Civil Crisis Prevention Subcommittee and was a deputy member of the Committee on European Union Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs .

In September 2017 Brantner was able to defend her mandate in the Bundestag. In the current legislative period (2017-2021) she is the European policy spokeswoman for the Bundestag parliamentary group Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen . She sits as chairwoman of the European Committee and is a deputy member of the Foreign Affairs Committee . She is also the parliamentary director of her group.

Regarding a potential German involvement in a “retaliatory strike” for a possible chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government during the recapture of the Idlib region , Brantner said in an interview with Bild in September 2018 : “The goal must be to protect the people of Idlib. Then all options have to be checked. ” Several media reported that in addition to the CDU, CSU and FDP, the Greens would also be open to a military strike in Syria .

Franziska Brantner has been on the board of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly since 2019 .


Brantner is a member of the non-partisan European Union Germany , which advocates a federal Europe and the European unification process.

Web links

Commons : Franziska Brantner  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Contrary to some reports, they were never married, see Gernot Stegert: Boris Palmer wants to run again in the May 2014 election. In: October 1, 2013, accessed January 18, 2019 .
  2. Last working day of the Tübingen mayor before parental leave. (No longer available online.) In: Schwäbisches Tagblatt . August 26, 2010, archived from the original on December 3, 2010 ; Retrieved November 13, 2010 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ^ Ingrid Thoms-Hoffmann: RNZ-Wahlforum: All sat at one table for the first time. Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung , September 20, 2013, accessed on October 2, 2018 .
  4. ^ Ingrid Thoms-Hoffmann: Franziska Brantner made it into the Bundestag. Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, September 24, 2013, accessed on October 1, 2018 .
  5. ^ Alliance for a Secular Europe. , Communication No. 11255 of the Humanist Press Service dated March 9, 2011
  6. Because we are not being honest - DIE ZEIT No. 32, August 2, 2012
  7. Green Heidelberg: Franziska Brantner is a Bundestag candidate for the Heidelberg constituency ( memento of the original from September 27, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. dated July 18, 2012 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. Greens: Brantner celebrates moving back in , Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung RNZ, Holger Buchwald, September 25, 2017, accessed on March 8, 2018.
  9. Syria: German politicians open to military participation , ZEIT ONLINE, September 11, 2018, accessed on September 16, 2018.
  10. ^ Franziska Brantner website of the Europa-Union Deutschland. Retrieved January 11, 2018.