Fabio De Masi

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Fabio De Masi
Member of the Bundestag
for Hamburg
In office
24 October 2017 – 26 October 2021
Preceded byJan van Aken
ConstituencyThe Left Party List
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
In office
1 July 2014 – 23 October 2017
Succeeded byMartin Schirdewan
Personal details
Born (1980-03-07) 7 March 1980 (age 43)
Groß-Gerau, West Germany
CitizenshipGermany • Italy
Political partyWagenknecht Group (since 2024)
Other political
The Left (before 2022)
Independent (2022–2024)
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town

Fabio Valeriano Lanfranco De Masi (born 7 March 1980) is a German-Italian politician. He was a member of the German Bundestag from 2017 to 2021 and was a member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany from 1 July 2014 to 23 October 2017. Until September 2022 he was a member of The Left Party, part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left.[1]

He joined populist party "Bündnis Sahra Wagenknecht", BSW on 8 January 2024.

Political career[edit]

Member of the European Parliament, 2014–2017[edit]

In the 2014 European elections, De Masi became a Member of the European Parliament. During his time in office, he served on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2).[2][3] In addition to his committee assignments, he was part of the Parliament's delegation for relations with South Africa.

Member of the German Parliament, 2017–2021[edit]

De Masi was a member of the German Bundestag since the 2017 elections, representing Hamburg. In parliament, he was serving on the Finance Committee. In addition to his committee assignments, he was part of the German-British Parliamentary Friendship Group, the German-Italian Parliamentary Friendship Group, and the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the Southern African States. Since 2019, he was also a member of the German delegation to the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly. In March 2021 De Masi said that he will not run for the Bundestag in the 2021 German federal election.[4]

Di Masi has long been a companion of the political figure Sahra Wagenknecht. He founded the “Get Up” ("Aufstehen") movement together with Wagenknecht in 2018.[5]

On 13 September 2022, De Masi announced that he left The Left Party, stating that he would not want anymore to be taken into responsibility for the blatant failure of the relevant actors in this party.“[6][7]

Engagement in BSW[edit]

He joined the new populist party of his former boss Sahra Wagenknecht. De Masi appeared at the newly formed party's press conference on January 8, 2024, and indicated that he was seeking political office with the BSW at 2024 European Parliament election.[5][8] Together with Thomas Geisel, he wants to become the party's top candidate.[9]

Other activities[edit]


  1. ^ "Home | MEPs | European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  2. ^ Jim Brunsden (September 16, 2015), Juncker set to avoid tough grilling on Luxembourg tax deals Financial Times.
  3. ^ Quentin Ariès (January 14, 2016), MEPs launch legal challenge on access to documents Politico Europe.
  4. ^ Tagesspiegel.de: Abgang mit Knalleffekt (german)
  5. ^ a b "Wagenknecht-Partei findet wohl neue prominente Mitglieder". www.t-online.de (in German). 2024-01-04. Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  6. ^ Höhne, Valerie (2022-09-13). "Nach Wagenknechts umstrittener Bundestagsrede: Linken-Politiker Fabio de Masi verlässt die Partei". Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 2022-09-13.
  7. ^ "Linke: Finanzexperte Fabio De Masi verlässt die Partei". Spiegel Online (in German). 2022-09-13. Retrieved 2022-09-13.
  8. ^ "Fabio De Masi: Ex-Linkenpolitiker schließt sich Partei von Sahra Wagenknecht an". Der Spiegel (in German). 2024-01-04. ISSN 2195-1349. Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  9. ^ Schäfers, Manfred (2024-01-08). "Fabio De Masi: Einst Kloputzer, nun Spitzenkandidat". FAZ.NET (in German). ISSN 0174-4909. Retrieved 2024-01-08.
  10. ^ Berliner Steuergespräche: Beirat Berliner Steuergespräche.