Bernd Lucke

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Bernd Lucke
MEP a. D.
Bernd Lucke (2014).jpg
Leader of the Alternative for Germany
In office
14 April 2013 – 5 July 2015
Serving with Frauke Petry, Konrad Adam
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJörg Meuthen
Leader of the Liberal Conservative Reformers
In office
10 November 2018 – 28 September 2019
Preceded byStephanie Tsomakaeva (interim)
Succeeded byJürgen Joost
In office
19 July 2015 – 4 June 2016
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byUlrike Trebesius
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014 – 2 July 2019
Preceded bymulti-member district
Succeeded bymulti-member district
Personal details
Bernd Lucke

(1962-08-19) 19 August 1962 (age 59)
West Berlin, West Germany (now Germany)
Political partyLKR (2015–present)
Other political
CDU (1978–2011)
AfD (2013–2015)
Spouse(s)Dorothea Lucke
Residence(s)Winsen (Luhe)
Alma mater

Bernd Lucke (born 19 August 1962) is a German economist and politician. Lucke was elected a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in 2014. He failed to win reelection in 2019.[1]

He is a professor of economics at the University of Hamburg, a co-founder of Wahlalternative 2013 ("Electoral Alternative 2013"), and a founder of the party Alternative for Germany (AfD). Lucke lost the leadership of the AfD to Frauke Petry in July 2015. Petry's election was considered a shift of the party to extremist positions; Lucke subsequently left the party. In July 2015 he and other former AfD members founded the political party Liberal-Konservative Reformer[2][3][4] (formerly Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch,[5] "Alliance for progress and renewal", abbreviated ALFA).


From 1982 to 1984, Lucke studied economics, history, and philosophy at the University of Bonn; he undertook graduate studies in economics at the University of Bonn and UC Berkeley from 1984 to 1987. He completed his doctorate in 1991 with a dissertation on price stabilization in world agricultural markets under Jürgen Wolters at Free University of Berlin.[6] After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he worked in the Council of Economic Experts of the East German Government and, after the German reunification, as an assistant to the Senate of Berlin. Lucke's research interests include sovereign default, news-driven business cycles, growth in developing countries, dynamic CGE models, and applied econometrics.[6]

Lucke has been an advisor to the World Bank and a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.[7] He is a frequent guest on political talk shows in Germany. He is married and has five children.[7][8][9]

During a campaign speech in Bremen on 24 August 2013, Lucke was attacked with pepper spray by two members of Anti-fascist Action. Several people in the audience were treated for irritation of the eyes and throat.[10]

On 4 July 2015, Lucke was displaced as leader of the party Alternative for Germany (AfD) by his former deputy, Frauke Petry, after several months of infighting.[11] On 9 July 2015, Lucke left the Alternative for Germany, saying that the party had "fallen irretrievably into the wrong hands" after Petry's election, and on 19 July, he and other former members of the AfD founded a new party, the Alliance for Progress and Renewal (ALFA).[12] ALFA has since been renamed Liberal-Konservative Reformer ("Liberal-conservative reformers").[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Beaudry, Paul; ——— (2009). "Letting Different Views about Business Cycles Compete". NBER Macroeconomics Annual. 24 (1): 413–456. CiteSeerX doi:10.1086/648305. S2CID 7585799.
  • ———; Lütkepohl, Helmut (2004). "On Unit Root Tests in the Presence of Transitional Growth". Economics Letters. 84 (3): 323–327. doi:10.1016/j.econlet.2004.02.012.
  • ——— (2003). "Are Technical Trading Rules Profitable? Evidence for Head-and-shoulder Rules". Applied Economics. 35 (1): 33–40. CiteSeerX doi:10.1080/00036840210150884. S2CID 11699815.
  • ——— (1998). "Productivity shocks in a sectoral real business cycle model for West Germany". European Economic Review. 42 (2): 311–327. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/S0014-2921(97)00067-6. S2CID 154180554.
  • ——— (1997). Theorie und Empirie realer Konjunkturzyklen. Studies in Contemporary Economics (in German). Heidelberg: Physica. ISBN 978-3-7908-1148-3.


  1. ^ "Europawahl 2019: Vorläufiges amtliches Ergebnis - der Bundeswahlleiter".
  2. ^ "Ex-chief of German anti-euro party starts new eurosceptic group". Yahoo News. 19 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Germany's ex-AfD leader sets up new eurosceptic party". Reuters UK. Archived from the original on 21 August 2015.
  4. ^ SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg, Germany (19 July 2015). "ALFA: AfD-Gründer Bernd Lucke gründet neue Partei". SPIEGEL ONLINE.
  5. ^ a b GmbH, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (13 November 2016). "Partei um Bernd Lucke: Alfa findet einen neuen Namen". FAZ.NET (in German). Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b Curriculum Vitae Archived 21 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine, University of Hamburg, last updated 26 January 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  7. ^ a b (de) von Petersdorff, Winand, "Wer ist der Anti-Euro-Professor Bernd Lucke?", Frankfurter Allgemeine, 24 March 2013.
  8. ^ Vasagar, Jeevan, and Harriet Alexander, "Bernd Lucke: Merkel’s new rival and Germany’s first serious Euroskeptic"[permanent dead link], London Daily Telegraph via Ottawa Citizen, 11 April 2013. Similar, earlier story also: Alexander, Harriet, and Jeevan Vasagar in Berlin, "Bernd Lucke interview: 'Why Germany has had enough of the euro'", The Telegraph, 7 Apr 2013.
  9. ^ Interview: Volkswirtschaftler über die konservative „Wahlalternative 2013“ (in German) Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine, 4 October 2012, retrieved 24 August 2013
  10. ^ "Angriff im Wahlkampf gegen Bernd Lucke". Tagesspiegel. 24 August 2013.
  11. ^ "AfD ditches Lucke as party swings to right". 5 July 2015.
  12. ^ "AfD founder resigns over 'xenophobic' power grab". 9 July 2015.

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