Alexander Graf Lambsdorff

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Graf Lambsdorff

Alexander Sebastian Léonce von der Wenge Graf Lambsdorff (born on 5 November 1966 in Cologne) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament with the Free Democratic Party of Germany, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

Early life and education[edit]

Lambsdorff coat of arms

Lambsdorff grew up in Hamburg, Brussels, and Bonn. His father, Hagen von der Wenge Graf Lambsdorff, is a former German ambassador to the Czech Republic and Latvia. He is a nephew of German politician and former cabinet member Otto Graf Lambsdorff. He graduated from the Catholic academic high school Aloisiuskolleg at Bonn-Bad Godesberg in 1985, then attended the University of Bonn. From 1991 until 1993 Lambsdorff attended Georgetown University on a Fulbright Scholarship graduating as a MA in History and an MS in Foreign Service (1993). After diplomatic training, he served in the policy planning staff (together with Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, his exact contemporary and fellow FDP MEP) and then managed the Bundestag office of Klaus Kinkel, a former foreign minister, after the FDP left the government in 1998.[1]

Diplomatic career[edit]

Political career[edit]

Lambsdorff was first elected into the European Parliament in 2004 and re-elected for a second term in 2009. In 2009, he was widely seen as a possible successor to Graham Watson as leader of the Liberals and Democrats Group in Parliament; the post went instead to Guy Verhofstadt, a former prime minister of Belgium. [2] Since 2011, Lambsdorff has been chairing the 12-member German FDP delegation in the European Parliament.

Lambsdorff serves as member of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China. He is a substitute for the Committee on Culture and Education and for the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee DACP as well as the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Lambsdorff has headed election observer missions numerous times. As head of the EU Election Observation Mission in during the 2007–08 Kenyan crisis, he described the presidential elections as "flawed".[3] Other elections he observed have included the Bangladeshi general election in 2008[4] and the first free Guinean presidential elections in 2010.[5] As member of the European Parliament, he steered efforts to create a single EU market for defence and security-related equipment as the Parliament's rapporteur on the dossier in 2009.[6]

At a FDP convention in Bonn in January 2014, 86.2% of the party's delegates voted for Lambsdorff to be the party's top candidate in the European Parliament elections.[7]


  • 2004: Election to the European Parliament
  • 2007: Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission in Bangladesh
  • 2008: Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission in Kenia
  • 2009: Re-election to the European Parliament and appointment as Vice Chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
  • 2009: Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission in Bangladesh
  • 2010: Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission in Guinea
  • 2011: Appointment as Chair of the German FDP delegation in the European Parliament
  • 2012: Chief of the EU Election Assessment Mission in Libya


See also: European Parliament election, 2004 (Germany) European Parliament election, 2009 (Germany)


Regarding personal names: Graf is a title, translated as Count, not a first or middle name. The female form is Gräfin.


  1. ^ Toby Vogel (October 31, 2012), Unflappable Liberal European Voice.
  2. ^ Toby Vogel (October 31, 2012), Unflappable Liberal European Voice.
  3. ^ Jeffrey Gettleman (December 31, 2007), Disputed Vote Plunges Kenya Into Bloodshed New York Times.
  4. ^ Bangladesh election seen as fair, though loser disputes result New York Times, November 30, 2008.
  5. ^ Adam Nossiter (June 26, 2010), Guineans Revel in Prospect of First Free Vote New York Times.
  6. ^ Zoë Casey (January 14, 2009), Parliament backs single defence market European Voice.
  7. ^ Dave Keating (January 22, 2014), Germany's FDP launches pragmatic Europe campaign EurActiv.

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