Niels Annen

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Niels Annen

Niels Annen (born 6 April 1973) is a German politician and member of the SPD. Annen served as national chairman of the SPD's youth wing[1] from 2001 to 2004.[2] Annen was elected to the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, at the 2005 election, representing Hamburg Eimsbüttel.[2] In parliament, he served on the foreign affairs committee.[2] He was deselected for the 2009 election, losing a selection convention by 45 votes to 44 to Danial Ilkhanipour,[2] who lost the seat at the 2009 election to the CDU candidate Rüdiger Kruse.

Annen had been criticised as "a perpetual student in the Bundestag", after dropping out of a History degree course which he had been studying for 14 years.[3] After 2009 he obtained a bachelor's degree in history from the Humboldt University of Berlin, with a thesis on the resettlement of Baltic Germans during World War 2[4] and a master's degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in the United States in 2011.[3] He returned to the Bundestag at the 2013 election, regaining the Hamburg Eimsbüttel district from the CDU.

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