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Frithjof Schmidt (born 17 April 1953 in Bad Harzburg) is a German politician and member of the Alliance '90/The Greens group in the Bundestag. Between 2004 and 2009, he served as Member of the European Parliament for Alliance '90/The Greens, part of the European Greens.
Early life and career
Between 2006 and 2012, he was publisher-editor of German weekly newspaper Der Freitag.
Member of the European Parliament, 2004-2009
Througout his tenure, Schmidt was a member of the Committee on Development, which he became the vice-chairman of in 2007. From 2005, he also served as a member of the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
During his time in the European Parliament, Schmidt served as rapporteur on parliamentary resolutions on fair trade and development (2006) as well as on policy coherence for development and the effects of the EU’s exploitation of certain biological natural resources on development in West Africa (2008).
Member of the Bundestag, 2009-
In his first term between 2009 and 2013, Schmidt was part of his parliamentary group’s leadership around co-chairs Renate Künast and Jürgen Trittin, in charge of foreign policy issues. He was re-elected to that position in 2013, this time under the leadership of Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Anton Hofreiter.
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