Reinhard Bütikofer

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Reinhard Bütikofer
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Bütikofer on a Green Party Convention in 2006
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1953-01-26) January 26, 1953 (age 61)
Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg
Nationality German
Political party Alliance 90/The Greens
Alma mater University of Heidelberg (did not graduate)

Reinhard Hans Bütikofer (born January 26, 1953) is a German politician for the Alliance 90/The Greens party and was from 8 December 2002 till 16 November 2008 party leader, together with Claudia Roth. 10 November 2012 Bütikofer was chosen co-spokesperson for the European Green Party.[1]

Bütikofer was born in Mannheim and grew up in Speyer. He studied philosophy, sinology and history in Heidelberg, but did not finish his studies. He was engaged in the student's movement and one of the "K groups", the Maoist Communist League of West Germany (Kommunistischer Bund Westdeutschland; KBW). From the 1980s onwards, he became active in Heidelberg municipal politics for the Green-Alternative List.

In 1984, he was elected into the town council of Heidelberg and became a member of the Green party, the starting point of his political career with Alliance 90/The Greens. In 1988, he was elected in the Landtag (state parliament) of Baden-Württemberg. He was Member of the Landtag until 1996.

After a "family year", in 1997 Bütikofer became co-chairman of the Baden-Württembergian Green party. Two years later he was elected secretary general of the federal party. In December, 2002 he became co-chairman of the federal party and was reelected in 2004 and 2006. On 3 March 2008 he announced not to stand again as a party chairman and to run for European Parliament in 2009, to which he was elected.

Since 2009, Bütikofer is a MEP for the German Green Party. Bütikofer is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), and a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defense (SEDE). He is a member of the Delegation for Relations with the United States and the Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue and a substitute member of the Delegation for Relations with China.[2]

He is the Green Group's spokesperson on industrial policy, and speaker of the delegation from the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) to the European Parliament.

Bütikofer is a member of the advisory board of the American Jewish Committee’s Ramer Institute Berlin and of the Europe/transatlantic advisory board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. He served on the board of Europa-Union Deutschland, the German branch of the Union of European Federalists (UEF), Aspen Institute Berlin, and German-Chinese Dialogue Forum. He is a member of the Green European Foundation, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the German Council for Foreign Relations, the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), and the German trade union ver.di.

Bütikofer's father was a post office worker and his mother was a housewife. He has fathered three daughters with Henriette Katzenstein. In 2001, he married Renee Krebs.


  1. ^ Website of The Greens / EFA: Article on EGP board election, 12 November 2012
  2. ^ Reinhard Bütikofer's profile on the EP website: Memberships of committees and delegations in the European Parliament, 22 July 2013.

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