Cem Özdemir

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Cem Özdemir
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Özdemir in the political talk show hart aber fair, 2020
Leader of Alliance 90/The Greens
In office
15 November 2008 – 27 January 2018
Serving with Claudia Roth and Simone Peter
Preceded byReinhard Bütikofer
Succeeded byRobert Habeck
Member of the Bundestag for Baden-Württemberg
Assumed office
22 October 2013
ConstituencyAlliance 90/The Greens List
In office
16 October 1994 – 22 September 2002
ConstituencyAlliance 90/The Greens List
Member of the European Parliament for Germany
In office
13 June 2004 – 7 June 2009
ConstituencyAlliance 90/The Greens List
Personal details
Born (1965-12-21) 21 December 1965 (age 55)
Bad Urach, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Political partyAlliance 90/The Greens

Cem Özdemir (German: [ˌdʒɛm ˈʔœzdɛmiːɐ̯], Turkish: [dʒæm ˈœzdemiɾ]; born 21 December 1965) is a German politician of the party Alliance 90/The Greens.

Between 2008 and 2018, Özdemir was one of two main persons of the Green Party, together with Claudia Roth and later Simone Peter. He has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 2013. He was a Member of the German Bundestag in 1994–2002 too. He was a member of the European Parliament in 2004–2009 too.[1] He was a one of two main Greens candidates for the 2017 German federal election.[2] Since 2018, he has been the Leader of the Committee on Transport.

On December 16, 2020, he undertook support for Katsyaryna Barysevich, Belarusian political prisoner.[3] On May 31, 2021, he undertook support for Roman Protasevich, Belarusian political prisoner.[4][5]

Awards[change | change source]

  • 2018 – Ramer Award for Courage in the Defense of Democracy[6]
  • 2011 – Foreign Policy List of Top Global Thinkers[7]
  • 2009 – Honorary doctorate of the Tunceli University
  • 1996 – Theodor Heuss Medal

Books[change | change source]

  • Currywurst und Döner – Integration in Deutschland ISBN 3785709463
  • Ich bin Inländer (autobiography) ISBN 3423361506
  • Die Türkei: Politik, Religion, Kultur ISBN 3407753438

References[change | change source]

  1. "Biography". Oezdemir.de. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  2. "Grüne Urwahl: Die Mitglieder entscheiden" [Green Primary: The Members Decide]. Alliance 90/The Greens (in German). Berlin, Germany. Archived from the original on 4 August 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  3. "100 Paten für politische Gefangene in Belarus: Cem Özdemir wird Pate der Journalistin Katsiaryna Barysevich" (in German). Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights. 16 December 2020. Archived from the original on 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021. Es ist von unschätzbarem Wert, dass mutige Journalist*innen wie Katsiaryna Barysevich die Wahrheit ans Licht bringen. ... Katsiaryna Barysevich ist eine von vielen beeindruckenden Frauen, die den Wandel in Belarus vorangetrieben haben.
  4. "Cem Özdemir is committed to the release of Raman Pratasevich". Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights. 31 May 2021. Archived from the original on 31 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  5. Демидова, Ольга (31 May 2021). "Один из лидеров "зеленых" Германии взял шефство над Романом Протасевичем" (in Russian). Deutsche Welle. Archived from the original on 1 June 2021. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  6. Elisabeth Binder (12 October 2018), American Jewish Committee in Berlin: Kritische Fragen zum Geburtstag Der Tagesspiegel.
  7. "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. Archived from the original on 1 December 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011.

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