Ekin Deligöz

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Ekin Deligöz
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Ekin Deligöz, 2014
Personal details
Born (1971-04-21) April 21, 1971 (age 45)
Tokat, Turkey
Citizenship German
Political party Alliance '90/The Greens
Children Two
Alma mater
Occupation Politician
Website ekin-deligoez.de
Video statement (2014)

Ekin Deligöz (born 21 April 1971 in Tokat, Turkey) is a Turkish-German politician, member of Alliance '90/The Greens. She currently serves as a member of the German Bundestag.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Political career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[2] 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.

Other activities[edit]

Controversy[edit]

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.[3] 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".[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ekin Deligöz is married with two children.[citation needed]

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