From 1976 to 1998 he was a member of the German parliament.
From 1999 to 2010, he served as the "Coordinator of German-North American Cooperation" at the Foreign Office of Germany. He is a board member of the Atlantik-Brücke, an association which promotes German-American understanding.
From 1960–1969 Voigt studied history, German, and Scandinavian languages and literatures the at universities in Hamburg, Copenhagen, and Frankfurt. From 1969–1972 he was chairman of the Jusos. In 1976 Voigt was elected to the Bundestag for the first time. In 1983, the SPD caucus made him their foreign policy spokesman; he held this office until leaving the parliament in 1998.
- Official biography
- Interview with Mr. Voigt about a United Germany from the Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Karsten Voigt at the Internet Movie Database
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