Hermann Tertsch

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Hermann Tertsch
Hermann Tertsch CPAC 2022-3.jpg
Co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists
Head of the Vox Delegation to the European Parliament
Assumed office
Serving alongsideRaffaele Fitto
Jorge Buxadé
Ryszard Legutko
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Personal details
Born (1958-04-09) 9 April 1958 (age 64)
Madrid, Spain
Political partyPCE-EPK (formerly)
Vox (currently)
Parent(s)Ekkehard Tertsch
Felisa Maria de Iciar del Valle Lersundi y del Valle
OccupationJournalist, opinion writer, TV host, politician, correspondent

Hermann Leopold Tertsch del Valle-Lersundi (born 9 April 1958) is a Spanish far right journalist and politician. He has been a member of the European Parliament for the Vox party since 2019, integrated within the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).


Tertsch was born in Madrid on 9 April 1958,[1] the son of Ekkehard Tertsch (1906–1989), an Austrian-German diplomat and journalist who was a close collaborator of Josef Hans Lazar [es], also an Austrian diplomat and journalist and the chief Nazi propagandist in Spain during World War II.[2] Through his mother Felisa del Valle-Lersundi he is a 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 coup 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.
  16. ^ "PLenEspana". Twitter. Retrieved 13 January 2022.