Bernd Lucke

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Bernd Lucke
Bernd Lucke (2014).jpg
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency Germany
Personal details
Born Bernd Lucke
(1962-08-19) 19 August 1962 (age 55)
Berlin, Germany
Political party  German
Liberal Conservative Reformers
European Conservatives and Reformists
Spouse(s) Dorothea Lucke
Children 5
Alma mater

Bernd Lucke (born 19 August 1962) is a German economist and politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany. He is a member of the Liberal Conservative Reformers, part of the European Conservatives and Reformists.

He is a professor of macroeconomics at the University of Hamburg, a co-founder of "Wahlalternative 2013" (translated: "Electoral Alternative 2013"), and a founding member of the Alternative for Germany. Lucke lost out on the leadership of the AfD against Frauke Petry in July 2015, which was considered a shift of the party to extremist positions; he subsequently left the party. In July 2015 he and other former AfD members founded the political party Liberal-Konservative Reformer[1][2][3] (formerly ALFA[4]).


Between 1982 and 1984, Lucke read economics, history, and philosophy at the University of Bonn and attended graduate studies in economics at the universities of Bonn and Berkeley between 1984 and 1987. He finished his doctorate with a thesis on price-stabilization on world agricultural markets under supervision of Jürgen Wolters at the Free University of Berlin in 1991.[5] After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he worked in the Council of Economic Experts of the East German Government and, after reunification, as an assistant to the Senate of Berlin. His research interests include sovereign default, news driven business cycles, growth in developing countries, dynamic CGE models, and applied econometrics.[5]

Lucke was an advisor to the World Bank and a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.[6] Lucke is a frequent guest in German political talk shows. He is married and has five children.[6][7][8]

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.[9]

On 4 July 2015, he was displaced as leader of the Alternative for Germany by his former deputy, Frauke Petry, after several months of factional infighting within the party.[10] 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 established a new party, the Alliance for Progress and Renewal (ALFA).[11] ALFA has since been renamed Liberal-Konservative Reformer (Liberal Conservative Reformers).[4]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Ex-chief of German anti-euro party starts new eurosceptic group". Yahoo News. 19 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Germany's ex-AfD leader sets up new eurosceptic party". Reuters UK. 
  3. ^ SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg, Germany (19 July 2015). "ALFA: AfD-Gründer Bernd Lucke gründet neue Partei". SPIEGEL ONLINE. 
  4. ^ a b GmbH, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (2016-11-13). "Partei um Bernd Lucke: Alfa findet einen neuen Namen". FAZ.NET (in German). Retrieved 2016-11-13. 
  5. ^ a b Curriculum Vitae Archived 21 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine., University of Hamburg, last updated 26 January 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b (de) von Petersdorff, Winand, "Wer ist der Anti-Euro-Professor Bernd Lucke?", Frankfurter Allgemeine, 24 March 2013.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Interview: Volkswirtschaftler über die konservative „Wahlalternative 2013“ (in German) Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine, 4 October 2012, retrieved 24 August 2013
  9. ^ "Angriff im Wahlkampf gegen Bernd Lucke". Tagesspiegel. 24 August 2013. 
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