Capital: € 3 million
Age: 64
Born: May 15, 1955
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Entrepreneurs, politicians
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

Claudia Benedikta Roth (born May 15, 1955 in Ulm) is a German Greens politician. From 2004 to 2013 she was one of the two party leaders and is currently one of the vice-presidents of the Bundestag.

Early life

Claudia Roth began her artistic work, which she always viewed as political, in the 1970s as a trained artistic director at a theater in Memmingen. Subsequently, she worked at the Dortmund City Theater and the Hoffmanns Comic Theater, and until 1985 she worked as a manager for the political rock band “Ton Steine Scherben”. She came into contact with the Greens on election campaign tours. In 1985 she became press spokeswoman for the Greens’ parliamentary group.


In the 1989 European elections in West Germany, Roth was elected for the first time as a member of the European Parliament for the Greens. Roth was a member of the new Committee on Civil Liberties and Internal Affairs, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Human Rights. She was also a member of two European Parliament inquiry committees, the Racism and Xenophobia Inquiry Committee, the Organized Crime and Drugs Investigation Committee and the EC-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee.

From 1989 to 1990, Roth was temporarily deputy chairman of the Green Group in the European Parliament. In the 1994 European elections, Roth was again elected as the top candidate of Alliance 90 / The Greens in the European Parliament. Until 1998 she was the chairman of the Green Group in the European Parliament, initially alongside co-chair Alexander Langer (1994-1995) and later Magda Aelvoet (1995-1998). During this second term as MEP, she was again a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament, the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the EC-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, where she became Vice-Chair. She also remained a substitute member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Claudia Roth ended her work as a MEP when she became a member of the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group in the Bundestag after the 1998 Bundestag elections. She became a member of the Committee on Affairs of the European Union and deputy member of the Committee on Internal Affairs of the German Bundestag. She was also elected to chair the newly established Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Committee.

On March 9, 2001, Roth was elected federal chairman of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen at the party congress in Stuttgart and subsequently resigned from the Bundestag at the end of March 2001. At the same time, she was spokeswoman for Alliance 90 / The Greens on women’s issues.

In the 2002 federal elections, Roth was elected to the Bundestag as the top Bavarian candidate for Alliance 90 / The Greens. Since then she has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag and the Committee on Culture and the Media. She is also culture spokeswoman for the Bundestag parliamentary group Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and chair of the German-Turkish parliamentary friendship group.

From March 2003 to October 2004, Roth worked in the second cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder as the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office. Roth became Federal President of Alliance 90 / The Greens again in October 2004 and was re-elected several times, most recently in November 2010. In 2012, she could not assert herself as number one in the election campaign for the 2013 federal elections. After this defeat, she was not sure whether she would run again for the position of party leader. Party friend Volker Beck started a support campaign for her on social networks and called her Candystorm. The party members then re-elected Roth with 88.5 percent support.

Roth was Vice-Chair of the German-Iranian Parliamentary Friendship Group from 2005 to 2009 and held the same position in the German-Turkish Friendship Group from 2005 to 2013.

Career highlights

Roth was elected Vice President of the German Bundestag on October 22, 2013. In addition, she is a member of the Council of Elders of the Parliament, which, among other things, sets the daily agenda items and assigns committee chairs based on the party representation. She is also a member of the Economic Cooperation and Development Committee and the Subcommittee on Cultural Relations and Education Policy. She is also a member of the Art Advisory Board of the German Bundestag.

Roth was part of the negotiations for the formation of a coalition government with the Christian Democrats – both the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) – and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) after the 2017 federal elections 14-member delegation of the Greens.

Shortly after the United States launched military operations in Afghanistan in October 2001, Roth criticized the use of anti-personnel cluster bombs as “inappropriate”. When the Greens later opposed their pacifist roots and largely voted to send German soldiers to Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led ISAF security mission, Roth claimed that “[the Greens] are and will remain an anti-war party. But I think under certain circumstances it must be possible to act militarily to stop violence. ”

In 2010, Roth publicly called for “tighter controls and stricter criteria for arms exports”. In 2014, she filed a complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court, along with Greens MEPs Katja Keul and Hans-Christian Ströbele, arguing that it would be unconstitutional for the government to keep the Bundestag in the dark about planned arms deals because this would prevent Parliament from doing so Fulfill the task of keeping the government in check. The court ruled that while the government is not required to disclose information about planned arms exports, it is required to provide details to the Bundestag upon request once certain arms deals have been approved.


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