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Reinhard Bütikofer

Reinhard Bütikofer
Bütikofer on a Green Party Convention in 2006
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1953-01-26) January 26, 1953
Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg
Nationality German
Political party Alliance 90/The Greens
Alma mater University of Heidelberg (did not graduate)

Reinhard Hans Bütikofer (born January 26, 1953) is a German politician for the Alliance 90/The Greens party and was from 8 December 2002 till 16 November 2008 party leader, together with Claudia Roth. 10 November 2012 Bütikofer was chosen co-spokesperson for the European Green Party.[1]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Political career 2
    • Early beginnings 2.1
    • Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present 2.2
  • Political views 3
    • On the Green Party and the German political system 3.1
    • On public safety and civil liberties 3.2
    • On natural resources 3.3
    • On China 3.4
    • On Russia 3.5
  • Other activities 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Bütikofer was born in Mannheim and grew up in Speyer. He studied philosophy, sinology and history in Heidelberg, but did not finish his studies.

Political career

Early beginnings

Bütikofer was active in the student's movement and one of the "K groups", the Maoist Communist League of West Germany (Kommunistischer Bund Westdeutschland; KBW). From the 1980s onwards, he became active in Heidelberg municipal politics for the Green-Alternative List.

In 1984, he was elected into the town council of Heidelberg and became a member of the Green Party, the starting point of his political career with Alliance 90/The Greens. In 1988, he was elected in the Landtag of Baden-Württemberg. He was Member of the Landtag until 1996.

After a year of parental leave, in 1997 Bütikofer became co-chairman of the Baden-Württembergian Green Party. Two years later he was elected secretary general of the federal party. In December, 2002 he became co-chairman of the federal party (alongside Angelika Beer) and was reelected in 2004 and 2006 (alongside Claudia Roth). On 3 March 2008 he announced not to stand again as a party chairman and to run for European Parliament in 2009, to which he was elected.

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present

Since 2009, Bütikofer is a MEP for the German Green Party. He is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), and a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defense (SEDE). As shadow rapporteur, he has authored reports on the evaluation of the European Endowment for Democracy (2015), on the impact of developments in European defence markets on the security and defence capabilities in Europe (2015) and on green growth opportunities for SMEs (2015).

In addition, Bütikofer is a member of the Delegation for Relations with the United States and the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue and a substitute member of the Delegation for Relations with China.[2]

Bütikofer is the Green Group's spokesperson on industrial policy, and speaker of the delegation from the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) to the European Parliament.

Political views

On the Green Party and the German political system

In 2005, Bütikofer complained that because Germany has no

  • Reinhard Bütikofer's website, both German and English articles
  • Reinhard Bütikofer's channel on YouTube with comments and plenary speeches
  • Reinhard Bütikofer's parliamentary activities

External links

  1. ^ [2]Website of The Greens / EFA]: Article on EGP board election, 12 November 2012
  2. ^ Reinhard Bütikofer's profile on the EP website: Memberships of committees and delegations in the European Parliament, 22 July 2013.
  3. ^ Richard Bernstein (April 29, 2005), Europa: German 'second front' against Joschka Fischer International Herald Tribune.
  4. ^ Judy Dempsey (September 29, 2010), Greens in Germany Choose Path of Protest, Not Compromise International Herald Tribune.
  5. ^ Richard Bernstein (May 5, 2004), German Security Plan Falters as Qaeda Suspect Faces Trial New York Times.
  6. ^ Judy Dempsey (September 29, 2010), E.U. Seeks Strategy to Reduce Reliance on China for Rare Earths New York Times.
  7. ^ Richard Bernstein (April 1, 2005), Schröder adamant on Chinese embargo International Herald Tribune.
  8. ^ Judy Dempsey (October 8, 2008), From Germany, a call to press Russia on rights International Herald Tribune.


Bütikofer's father was a post office worker and his mother was a housewife. He has fathered three daughters with Henriette Katzenstein. In 2001, he married Renee Krebs.

Personal life

In addition, Bütikofer served on the board of Europa-Union Deutschland, the German branch of the Union of European Federalists (UEF), Aspen Institute Berlin, and German-Chinese Dialogue Forum. He is a member of the Green European Foundation, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the German Council for Foreign Relations, the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), and the German trade union ver.di.

Other activities

Following the assassination of journalist and human rights activits [8]

On Russia

When German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder announced his intentions to lift an arms embargo on China that had been in place since the crackdown on student-led opposition demonstrators near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989, Bütikofer opposed the plan and instead called for a joint approach together with the United States.[7]

On China

When the European Commission issued a strategy paper in 2010 which proposed pursuing more bilateral trade agreements and investing in infrastructure in Africa as a means to increase alternative sources of rare earth metals, hoping to break China’s dominance of the market for the strategic minerals, Bütikofer demanded an “innovative industrial policy that reduces the use of resources” instead.[6]

On natural resources

Under Bütikofer’s leadership, a two-year-long effort to negotiate a revised immigration law was abandoned by the Green Party in 2004, citing concerns about, among other things, that any regulations allowing easier detentions or expulsions of terror suspects would subvert Germany's civil rights protections.[5]

On public safety and civil liberties


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