Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann b. Kähn (born January 23, 1955 in Berlin ) is a German politician . She was a member of the European Parliament for the SPD from 2014 to 2019 . From 2017 to 2019, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann was legal policy spokeswoman for the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Social Democrats in the European Parliament .
She was a member of the European Parliament for the PDS or Left Party from 1999 to 2009 and switched to the SPD in 2009. From 1991 to 1994 she was already represented as an observer in the European Parliament.
Life and work
After graduating from high school in East Berlin , Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann began studying Japanese Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 1973 , which she completed in 1979 with a diploma . From 1980 to 1981 she then spent a study period at the Foreign Language University of Osaka and the University of Tokyo and then worked as a research assistant at the Humboldt University in Berlin, specializing in Japanese foreign policy and international relations in East Asia. In 1984 she received her doctorate (dissertation A) as Dr. phil. with the work "Japan - PR China: On the development of the Japanese China policy with special consideration of the years 1972 to 1982" . From 1988 to 1990 she worked at the Institute for International Politics and Economics in Berlin .
Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann is married and has two children.
In 1976 Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann became a member of the SED . Since 1989/1990 she was a member of the PDS and the DIE LINKE party . From 1991 to 2002 she was a member of the PDS executive committee and was responsible for peace, international and European policy. From 1993 to 2000 she was deputy party chairman.
From March to October 1990, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann was a member of the People's Chamber of the GDR. As one of 144 members elected by the People's Chamber, she became a member of the German Bundestag on October 3, 1990 , to which she belonged until the end of the electoral term in December 1990.
In 1991, Kaufmann was sent to the European Parliament as an observer from the former territory of the German Democratic Republic . In the European elections in 1994 , 1999 and 2004 she was the top candidate of the PDS.
In the vote for the federal list of the party Die Linke for the 2009 European elections , Kaufmann lost to Sabine Lösing and Ruth Firmenich the elections for list positions 7 and 13. At the party congress, their work was criticized by the delegates, partly because of their affirmation of the content of the planned EU constitution , which is rejected by the majority of party members and is sometimes viewed as unconstitutional . On May 14, 2009, Kaufmann and Franz Müntefering and Martin Schulz announced their transfer to the SPD at a press conference . As the reason for her change, Kaufmann stated that she had “completely failed” to give her old party a “clear pro-European profile”. In the 2014 European elections , Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann stood as a candidate for the SPD in 10th place on the list and thus returned to the European Parliament as a member of the European Parliament.
Kaufmann was a member of the Europa-Union parliamentary group European Parliament and has been chairwoman of the Europa-Union Berlin since September 2009. Since December 6, 2009 she has been a member of the Presidium of the Federal Association.
From 1991 to 1994 Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann was a member of the European Parliament with observer status . From 1999 to 2009 she was a member of the European Parliament for the Left Party . From 1999 to 2004 and 2007–2009 she was deputy chairwoman of the Confederal Group of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE / NGL) and spokeswoman for the PDS delegation.
From 2004 to 2007 Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann was Vice-President of the European Parliament.
As a MEP, she was a member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs , a member of the Intergroup “European Constitution” and was a member of the delegation for relations with Japan. Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann was a member of the Convention on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in 2000 and of the EU Constitutional Convention from 2002 to 2003 .
Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann has been a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), a member of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) and a deputy member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) since 2014 and since 2017 a deputy member . She is also a member of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with Japan and a deputy member of the delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China .
For the European elections in 2019 it has not raced for more.
On February 3, 2009, Kaufmann was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon for her longstanding commitment to a peaceful, social and democratic Europe .
- The euro trap. Plea for a social Europe. Dietz, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-320-01977-5 .
- (Ed.): Create Peace! With UN weapons? Dietz, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-320-01998-8 .
- (Ed.): Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Members and observers of the Convention report. Europa-Union-Verlag, Bonn 2001, ISBN 3-7713-0598-5 .
- with Jens Wolfram: The EU and its constitution. Left-hand errors and popular misconceptions. Merus-Verlag, Hamburg 2007, ISBN 3-939519-55-3 ; 2nd revised, updated edition with a foreword by Daniel Cohn-Bendit ibid. 2008, ISBN 978-3-939519-55-3 .
- Entry on Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann in the Members' database of the European Parliament
- Literature by and about Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann in the catalog of the German National Library
- Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann's website
- Entry on Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann in the European Parliament 's database of representatives
- KAUFMANN Sylvia-Yvonne | Socialists & Democrats. Retrieved December 19, 2017 .
- Presidium. Retrieved December 19, 2017 .
- The State Executive. Retrieved December 19, 2017 .
- Request by the members of the PDS / Linke Liste dated February 20, 1991 (PDF file); Stenographic report of the Bundestag session on February 21, 1991 , p. 404 (PDF file)
- The daily newspaper : Left quarrel with Europe: The dissident . February 23, 2009
- Spiegel Online : Personal Coup of the SPD: Party change shocks real wing of the left . May 14, 2009
- Süddeutsche Zeitung : Left politician changes to SPD - "European political ghost trip" ( Memento of the original from May 17, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . May 14, 2009
- Press release by Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann on parliament watch.de, May 14, 2009
- cf. http://www.euractiv.de/wahlen-und-macht/artikel/ich-bin-demokratische-sozialistin-002090 and http://www.europa-union-berlin.de/
- Sylvia-Yvonne KAUFMANN | Home | MPs | European Parliament. Retrieved December 19, 2017 .
- Berliner Morgenpost- Berlin: MEP Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann withdraws. April 16, 2018, accessed June 15, 2019 (German).
- Federalfor left-wing MEPs. Press release from Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann. February 3, 2009, accessed May 29, 2015 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Kähn, Sylvia-Yvonne (maiden name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German politician (SPD, Die Linke, PDS, SED), MdV, MdB, MdEP|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 23, 1955|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin|