On this page, you can get to know me a little bit. Please do not hesitate to contact me and my team if you have any questions or comments.
Creating a better world…
… is what all of us are playing an important part in. Be it by lovingly bringing up our children or by caring for the elderly, be it by driving a bus that brings other people to work or by installing solar panels on the roof of our house to provide renewable energy for us and others. Be it in standing up against right-wing xenophobes or working as a volunteer in disaster zones around the world… As a politician, my aim is to build a sustainable framework for all those small and big gestures of togetherness. My motto still is: “We have not inherited this earth from our parents, we have borrowed it from our children.”
Many small people, who in many small places, do many small things, can alter the face of the world. (African proverb)
My background and my affiliation with the greens
From my teenage years on, I was touched by worldwide injustice. I wanted to become an international journalist. Therefore, in addition to studying political science and public law in Hamburg I did several traineeships in public media and wrote for the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung before completing a LL.M of public international law at London School of Economics (LSE). In 2009 I started a Ph.D. in public international law at the Freie Universität Berlin.
However, the more I got involved with politics during my studies and traineeships at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the European Parliament and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the more I wanted to not only write about injustice but to do something against it. I started to work for the Green Member of the European Parliament from Brandenburg, Elisabeth Schroedter, in Brussels and Potsdam from 2005 to 2008. Subsequently, I worked as a policy advisor on issues of foreign and security policy for the parliamentary group of Alliance 90/The Greens in the German Bundestag.
During the campaigns for the European elections in 2004, I did not only meet my present-day husband with whom I have two wonderful daughters, but also found a political home with Alliance 90/The Greens in Brandenburg. I joined the party in 2005 and became its chairwoman in Brandenburg from 2009 to 2013. At the same time, I acted as spokesperson of the Party’s Working Group on European affairs for five years and served as member of the board of the European Green Party from 2009 to 2012.
End of 2012, I was elected member of the Green party council and in 2013 the German voters made me one of the 631 Members of the German Bundestag.
English articles by me and featuring me and my topics:
Emission trading and steel industry
Emissions trading should not be a scapegoat for steel industry (euractiv, 04.05.2016)
Tens of thousands of steel workers are demonstrating for the future of their jobs. And rightly so. The steel industry has come under pressure due to a massive global oversupply. Steel companies, along with the German Minister for Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel, were quick to find a culprit for the crisis: the European emissions trading system.
The European steel industry has suffered from surplus capacities for years. The situation has recently become increasingly dire for the sector, as the faltering economies in Russia and China have started to flood the global market with their subsidised steel at prices that are far below the manufacturing costs and impossible to compete with for European industries… [read more]
Renewable Energy and security
Renewable energy could offer security as global tensions rise (CNBC, 11.10.2016)
On 11 October 2016, CNBC released the article „Renewable energy could offer security as global tensions rise“ including a short video on the German Energiewende including interviews with Hans-Jochen Fell and myself:
„It’s already a well-established fact that renewable sources of energy are clean and increasingly cost effective. But with parts of the world gripped by geopolitical tensions and armed conflict, clean energy can offer something extra: The potential of energy independence and security.
„When the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine started, we had a big debate about energy independence,“ Annalena Baerbock, a Green Party MP in Germany, told CNBC’s Energy Future…
My work as a politician in the Bundestag
As a Member of Parliament, I focus on climate, energy and European policies. As a member of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy, my work focuses on making the German Government to finally acknowledge its international responsibility as one of the largest economies in the world and to lead the German “energy transition”, the so-called “Energiewende”, to success. For that, phasing out of coal-fired power plants and fossil fuels plays an important role and is at the core of my efforts.
In addition to being a member of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy, I am a member of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union, too. I am furthermore a deputy member of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, member of the German-Polish Parliamentary Friendship Group as well as the Berlin-Taipei Parliamentary Circle of Friends and member of GLOBE Europe.
Within the state of Brandenburg, where I live, I fight for the state government to open its eyes to the catastrophic consequences of lignite mining. Together with many local initiatives and dedicated citizens I fight for a ban on nighttime flying at the airports and for continuing train service in all of Brandenburg. Being a passionate European, I furthermore strive to contribute to closing the gap between rich and poor within Germany, within Europe and all over the world.