Ekin Deligöz, 2014
April 21, 1971 |
|Political party||Alliance '90/The Greens|
Born in Tokat, Turkey, Ekin's family moved to West Germany in 1979. She attended school in Weißenhorn and afterwards partook in Administrative Studies in Konstanz and Vienna earning a degree in 1998. In February 1997, she acquired German citizenship.
Deligöz joined the Greens as a student member and belonged to the Bavaria chapter of the Greens' youth organization. She entered the Bundestag in 1998, and was re-elected in 2002, 2005 and 2009. Deligöz was re-elected for the fourth time into the federal parliament following the 2013 election. She is one of the eleven politicians of Turkish descent who won a seat in the federal parliament, including seven women.
Between 2002 and 2005, Deligöz served as Chief Whip of the Green Party’s parliamentary group. From 2009 until 2013, she was one of the group’s deputy spokespersons. A member of the Budget Committee and as deputy chairwoman of the Audit Committee, she currently serves as her parliamentary group's rapporteur on the budgets of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and the Office of the Federal President.
- Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie, Member of the Board
- German Association for Public and Private Welfare
- German Committee for UNICEF, Member of the Board
When Deligöz voted in a favor of a symbolic resolution in 2016 that labels the 1915 killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces "genocide", a description that Turkey strongly rejects, she became one of eleven MPs of Turkish origin who received increased police protection and further security measures for both their professional and private activities. Also, Germany's foreign ministry warned her against travelling to Turkey because her safety could not be guaranteed after statements by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan suggesting that German lawmakers of Turkish origin had "tainted blood".
Ekin Deligöz is married with two children.
- Melissa Eddy (February 22, 2012), Relatives Seek Closure After Killings Tied to Neo-Nazi Ring New York Times.
- "Türk kökenli vekillerin yükselişi". Dünya (in Turkish). 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
- Travel warning for German MPs of Turkish origin Al Jazeera, June 12, 2016.
- Death threats amid Germany-Turkey 'genocide' row BBC News, June 6, 2016.
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