Jürgen Trittin

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Jürgen Trittin
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Trittin in January 2013
Chairman of Parliamentary Group of Alliance '90/The Greens
with Renate Künast
Assumed office
6 October 2009
President Horst Köhler
Christian Wulff
Joachim Gauck
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Fritz Kuhn
Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
In office
27 October 1998 – 22 November 2005
President Roman Herzog
Johannes Rau
Horst Köhler
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder
Preceded by Angela Merkel
Succeeded by Sigmar Gabriel
Minister for Federal and European Affairs, Lower Saxony, Germany
In office
Prime Minister Gerhard Schröder
Preceded by Heinrich Jürgens
Succeeded by vacant
Personal details
Born (1954-07-25) 25 July 1954 (age 60)
Bremen, West Germany
Nationality German
Political party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Alma mater University of Göttingen
Website www.juergentrittin.de

Jürgen Trittin (born 25 July 1954) is a German Green politician.[1][2] He was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 1998 to 2005 in Germany.

Early life and education[edit]

Trittin was born in Bremen. He earned a university degree in social economy in Göttingen and worked as journalist.


Trittin's political career started in 1982 as Secretary of the Alternative-Greens-Initiative List (AGIL) Group in the Göttingen City Council (until 1984). From 1984 to 1985, he worked as Press Spokesman for the Greens Group in the Lower Saxony State Assembly, which he joined in 1985 as member of the state parliament.

From 1990 to 1994, Jürgen Trittin was the Lower Saxony Minister for Federal and European Affairs and the Head of the Lower Saxony State Mission to the Federal Government in a coalition cabinet with the SPD, led by then minister president of Lower Saxony Gerhard Schröder (SPD).

After Schröder's SPD won an absolute majority in the state elections in 1994, the coalition with the Greens was ended. Trittin now worked as Member of the Lower Saxony State Assembly and as Deputy Chairman of the Alliance 90/The Greens group in that parliament. In 1994, he became Spokesman (Chairman) of the national Green Party.

In 1998, Trittin was elected as Member of the federal parliament (Bundestag). At the same time he discontinued his work as Spokesman, because party statutes do not allow concurrently being a member of parliament and a member of the party executive.

In the federal red–green coalition cabinet, he was appointed Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, a role which he held from October 1998 until the Grand coalition took power in 2005. In this position he was responsible for the decision to abandon the use of nuclear power by 2020, called the nuclear power phase-out (see Nuclear power in Germany).

Between 2005 and 2009 Trittin was vice-chairman of the Green Party’s parliamentary group, in charge of foreign, security and European policy.[3]

In August 2005, he responded to a question on how best to react to the 2005 petrol prices crisis with "leave the car at home from time to time." The media, in particular Bild, attacked these comments.

At the time of Hurricane Katrina in August/September 2005, Trittin wrote an opinion piece in the newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau associating the US failure to sign the Kyoto protocol with the hurricane and its devastation.

In 2010 he attended an event to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Free Republic of Wendland in Hannover where someone threw a pie at him during a panel discussion.[4]

Other activities[edit]

  • Foundation for Reusable Systems (SIM), Member of the Board of Trustees
  • German Energy Agency (DENA), Member of the Supervisory Board (1998-2005)
  • KfW, ex-officio Member of the Board of Supervisory Directors (1998-2005)


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