Kühnert in 2019
|Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic Party|
|Assumed office |
6 December 2019
|Leader||Saskia Esken |
|Preceded by||Olaf Scholz|
|Chairman of the Jusos|
|Assumed office |
24 November 2017
|Preceded by||Johanna Uekermann|
|Born||1 July 1989|
West Berlin, West Germany
Kevin Kühnert (born 1 July 1989) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
Since 24 November 2017, Kühnert has been Federal Chairman of the Jusos. Previously, he served as deputy chairman.
Early life and career
Kühnert was born in West Berlin. His father is a tax clerk while his mother works in a job center. He obtained his school leaving exam in 2008 at the Beethoven-Gymnasium in Lankwitz, where he also served as pupil's spokesman. He then completed a voluntary social year (German: Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr) in a Berlin-based organization for children and young people.
Kühnert initially worked for over three years in a call center, then studying journalism and communication science at the Free University Berlin, although he never graduated. In 2016, he enrolled for a degree in political science at the Fernuniversität Hagen, but suspended his studies on becoming Juso chairman. In 2014, he began working in the Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin, first for Dilek Kolat, subsequently for Melanie Kühnemann.
Kühnert joined the SPD in 2005 and chaired the Jusos in Berlin from 2012 to 2015. Since 2015, he acted as deputy Jusos Federal Chairman and was responsible for tax policy, pension policy, structural policy, right-wing extremism and migration policy as well as for social media work. When Johanna Uekermann did not run as a candidate again, the Juso federal congress in Saarbrücken in November 2017 elected Kühnert as chairman of the Jusos, with 225 of 297 votes.
In terms of local politics, Kühnert is active in the district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg as a member of the district council.
During the campaign for the SPD party member vote on the 2018 coalition agreement of Germany Kühnert, along with the #NoGroKo (No Grand Coalition) initiative, promoted the No campaign. At a SPD national convention in 2019, he was elected as one of the five deputies of the party’s co-chairs Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, alongside Klara Geywitz, Hubertus Heil, Serpil Midyatli and Anke Rehlinger.
- Education and Science Workers' Union (GEW), member
- Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem (WBC), member
- German Youth Hostel Association (DJH), member
- Tennis Borussia Berlin, Member of the Supervisory Board (2013–2017)
In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit in May 2019, Kühnert described himself as being a democratic socialist, promoting the communisation of large firms and the expropriation of owners from companies like BMW and people who own more than one house or apartment. In his opinion, real democratic socialism has never been tried.
In May 2018, Kühnert was chosen as a "Next Generation Leader" by Time because of the resistance he launched against the grand coalition that nearly managed to topple Chancellor Angela Merkel and led to a national debate about the future of the SPD and the future of German politics in general.
- Die SPD hat entschieden, FAZ.net
- Heiße Diskussionen mit dem Juso-Vorsitzenden, FAZ.net
- SPD-Vizechefs: Kevin Kühnert bekommt mehr Stimmen als Hubertus Heil Der Spiegel, December 6, 2019.
- "Life of the Party". 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
- Christian Arnold (2018-03-05). "SPD am Scheideweg: Juso-Chef Kevin Kühnert im Interview". Siegessäule (in German). Retrieved 2018-03-06.
- "Kevin Kühnert spricht erstmals über seine Homosexualität". welt.de (in German). 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
- Carolin Wollschied (2018-03-08). "Reaktionen auf Coming-Out: „Damit Erika Steinbach sich ärgern kann"". FAZ.net (in German). Retrieved 2018-03-12.
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