Early life and career
Brantner grew up in Neuenburg/Rhein. After graduating from the bilingual "Deutsch-Französisches Gymnasium" in Freiburg im Breisgau and gathering her first international experiences working at the offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Tel Aviv and Washington D.C. she studied political science with focus on International Affairs and European Policy at the Sciences Po in Paris and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in New York City, where she graduated in 2004.
In 2010, she defended her PhD thesis "The reformability of the United Nations" at the University of Mannheim where she used to be a research associate at the department for Political Science II of Prof. Dr. Thomas König with a lectureship for International Policy. From 2006 to 2007, she worked as a research associate at the European Studies Centre of St Antony's College, Oxford.
During the conference "Peking+5" of the UN Plenum in 2000 (following the UN World Women Conference of Peking in 1995) and until 2005 Brantner was Vice President of the "Youth Caucus" belonging to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Women’s Rights Organisation of the UN. In Brussels she coordinated a project in cooperation with the French EU Presidency of 2008, which developed the European master plan for the resolution 1325 of the UN Security Council.
In 2010, Branter was (along with Richard Gowan) co-author of a study concerning the EU Human Rights Policy on behalf of the European Council on Foreign Relations. According to the study, 127 out of the 192 members of the United Nations General Assembly voted against EU stances on human rights, up from 117 last year; only half of democratic countries outside the Union voted with it most of the time. For the Bertelsmann Foundation, she worked in Brussels on the subjects of European Foreign Affairs and European answers to the banking crisis.
Brantner speaks fluent French, English and Spanish and is able to communicate in Hebrew.
In 1996, Brantner became a member of the Green Party Youth at the age of 17. She then was part of the Green Party's local administration in Baden-Württemberg and their Federal Board. During her studies at Sciences Po in Paris she founded a Green university group and was co-organiser of the first "European Students Convent" in 2001/2002.
She is a member of the General Assembly of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, was member of the Peace and Security Commission of the Green national party and was one of the authors of the party’s manifesto for the European election in 2009.
Member of the European Parliament, 2009-2013
In the 2009 election Brantener obtained one of the 14 mandates of the German Green Party in the European Parliament. She was member of the Greens–European Free Alliance group. She served spokeswoman for foreign affairs of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and Parliament’s standing rapporteur for the Instrument for Stability. She also was her group’s chief negotiator for the establishment of the European External Action Service, the EU’s new foreign ministry. She served as Member and coordinator on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and as substitute member on the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and on the Committee on Budgets.
In 2010 she supported the Spinelli Group initiative for more Europe.
Member of the German Bundestag, 2013-
In 2012, Brantner was elected candidate to the German Parliament for Alliance '90/The Greens, representing the 274th district Heidelberg. Since 2014, she has served as chairwoman of the parliamentary Sub-Committee for Civilian Crisis Prevention and as member of the Committee on Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. She is also a Deputy Chairwoman of the German-Egyptian Parliamentary Friendship Group.
- Judy Dempsey (13 October 2010), For Europe, a Challenge to Make Its Voice Resonate New York Times.
- Because we are not honest ZEIT No. 32 2 August 2012