Hermann Tertsch

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Hermann Tertsch
(Hermann Tertsch) Isabel Díaz Ayuso acude a la Fundación Villacisneros. (46925692681) (cropped).jpg
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Personal details
Born (1958-04-09) 9 April 1958 (age 62)
Madrid, Spain
Political partyPCE-EPK
OccupationJournalist, opinion writer, TV host, politician, correspondent

Hermann Leopold Tertsch del Valle-Lersundi (born 9 April 1958) is a Spanish journalist and politician. He is a Member of the European Parliament since 2019, integrated within the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) political group.


Born in Madrid on 9 April 1958,[1] he is son to Ekkehard Tertsch [es], an Austrian-German diplomat and journalist who was a Nazi and a close collaborator of Josef Hans Lazar [es] in Madrid during World War II.[2] Through his mother Felisa he is cousin of Loyola de Palacio and Ana de Palacio.[3] He was a member of the Communist Party of the Basque Country in his youth.[4]

Based in Vienna, Tertsch became a correspondent for the Agencia EFE in 1982, covering Central and Eastern Europe.[5] Soon after, in 1983, he began to work for the center-left newspaper El País as correspondent to Bonn.[5] He chronicled the Yugoslav Wars, featuring a marked anti-Serbian point of view.[6] He became a regular columnist and served for a time as the newspaper's op-ed editor.[5] During the years he became a regular radio guest for the Cadena SER, Radio Nacional de España and Onda Cero.[7]

He left El País in 2007, becoming a political opinion writer for the conservative newspaper ABC soon after.[7] He was also hired by Telemadrid, and became the host of the early-morning Diario de la noche [es] in 2008, replacing Fernando Sánchez Dragó.[8][9] After some weeks of convalescence, as he suffered wounds in what the policial investigation termed as a "bar fight" in a piano-bar in Madrid (the Toni 2) in December 2009,[n. 1] he left the role of host.[9][10]

In April 2019, Tertsch announced his intention to run for the 2019 European Parliament election in Spain with the Vox party. As the party won 3 seats in the election, he was elected MEP.[11] He joined the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), as well as the Delegation to the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee (D-MX) and the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (DLAT), serving as vice-chair in the later body.[1]

After the announcement of the prospective government formation in Spain under Pedro Sánchez in January 2020 after the November 2019 general election, Terstch, just returned from Bolivia, asked for a military intervention in the country to abort what he framed as an "obvious putschist process seeking the demolition of Spain as a nation".[12][13]



Informational notes
  1. ^ He argued he had been the victim of a premeditated beating committed by "professionals".[10]
  1. ^ a b "Hermann Tertsch". European Parliament.
  2. ^ Pons, Marc (19 April 2019). "El régimen franquista pasea al dirigente nazi Thomsen por Barcelona". Elnacional.cat.
  3. ^ Terstch, Hermann (2007). "Loyola, la valiente" (PDF). Memoria de Actividades. Fundación para el Análisis y los Estudios Sociales. p. 86.
  4. ^ "Vox ficha al periodista Hermann Tertsch para las elecciones europeas". La Vanguardia. 21 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "El periodista y escritor Hermann Tertsch presentará desde hoy 'Diario de la noche' de Telemadrid". europapress.es. Europa Press. 18 June 2008.
  6. ^ Quintero Pizarroso, Alejandro (2005). Nuevas guerras, vieja propaganda: de Vietnam a Irak (in Spanish). Universitat de València. ISBN 9788437622705.
  7. ^ a b "El periodista y escritor Hermann Tertsch presentará desde hoy 'Diario de la noche' de Telemadrid". El Economista. 18 June 2008.
  8. ^ Forcada, D. (28 March 2016). "Telemadrid despolitiza su informativo de autor 'Diario de la noche'". elconfidencial.com. El Confidencial.
  9. ^ a b "Hermann Tertsch se queda sin la dirección de 'Diario de la Noche'". 20minutos.es. 15 March 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Tertsch asegura que fue una paliza; la investigación, que fue una "pelea de bar"". 20minutos.es. 14 December 2009.
  11. ^ "Lista de los 54 eurodiputados elegidos este domingo en España". La Vanguardia. 27 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Hermann Tertsch pide la intervención del Ejército y Espinosa no lo desautoriza". El Plural. 5 January 2019.
  13. ^ Faber, Sebastiaan; Seguín, Bécquer (7 January 2020). "Spain Just Formed Its First Left Coalition Government in More Than 80 Years". The Nation. ISSN 0027-8378. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  14. ^ Martín, Aurelio (13 May 1990). "Hermann Tertsch, de El País, premio Cirilo Rodríguez" [Hermann Tertsch, of El País, Cirilo Rodríguez Award]. El País (in Spanish). Segovia. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Hermann Tertsch, condecorado con la Cruz de Oro al Mérito de Hungría". ABC. 12 June 2019.