Sevim Dağdelen

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Sevim Dağdelen
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Sevim Dağdelen in 2013.
Personal details
Born (1975-09-04) September 4, 1975 (age 39)
Duisburg, Germany
Citizenship German
Political party Left Party
Alma mater
Occupation Politician
Profession Jurist, journalist
Religion Islam

Sevim Dağdelen (born 4 September 1975) is a German politician of Turkish origin and a member of the Left Party (die Linkspartei).

Early years[edit]

Born in Duisburg, Sevim Dağdelen finished the high school in 1997, and studied law first at the University of Marburg and then at the Adelaide University, Australia and later at the University of Cologne.[1] She never finished her law studies and subsequently dropped out to pursue her political career.[2]

She worked as a journalist for the Turkish newspaper Evrensel and German publications Tatsachen and Junge Stimme. She was also active as a translator.[1]


After joining the Left Party, Dağdelen became a member of the regional-level party council of North Rhine-Westphalia and the federal student agency from 1996-1998. From 1993-2001, she was a member of the federal youth commission. Since 2005, she has been a member of the German Bundestag. She is also a member of Democratic Workers' Clubs Federation (Demokratik Isci Dernekleri Federasyonu DIDF - Föderation Demokratischer Arbeitervereine).[1]

Dağdelen participated in the State dinner with Angela Merkel at the White House.[3]

In 2012 Dağdelen faced criticism for signing a controversial pamphlet accusing the U.S. of preparing war against Syria and Iran. Dağdelen is also the only politician to have visitied Julian Assange where he remains at the Embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom[4]

Dağdelen was re-elected into the Bundestag for the third time following the 2013 election. She is one of the eleven politicians of Turkish descent, including seven women, who won a seat in the federal parliament.[1]

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