Paul Rosenmöller

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Paul Rosenmöller
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Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
In office
6 September 1989 – 15 May 2002
Personal details
Born (1956-05-11) 11 May 1956 (age 62)
Den Helder, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party GroenLinks ('GreenLeft')
Occupation Politician, broadcaster
Paul Rosenmöller (1987)

Paul Rosenmöller (born 11 May 1956 in Den Helder) is a Dutch television presenter and former politician and trade unionist. Between 1989 and 2003, he was member of the Dutch House of Representatives for GroenLinks ('GreenLeft')[1] and was party leader from 1994.


Rosenmöller was born in 1956; his father was CEO of Vroom and Dreesmann. After finishing atheneum-b in Haarlem in 1974, Rosenmöller studied sociology.[1] During his study Rosenmöller became associated with radical socialist, maoist groups.[2] He stopped studying in 1978 to work in the harbour of Rotterdam. He works as for the shipping company Müller Thomson. In 1985 he became a member of the board of the Transportation branch of the Rotterdam FNV labour union.[1] He negotiated with VNO-NCW and is spokesperson during several strikes. Rosenmöller got national fame because of his radical position in these negotiations and strikes. He was a member of Group of Marxist-Leninists/Red Dawn from 1976 to 1982.

Member of Parliament[edit]

In 1989, he became member of the newly founded party GroenLinks. GroenLinks was formed by four other parties, but Rosenmöller joined as an independent. In the 1989 election, he was the sixth on the list of the GroenLinks and the first independent; he was narrowly elected to the House of Representatives. In 1993 he was candidate party leader together with Leonie Sipkes, but they lost the internal elections to Mohammed Rabbae and Ina Brouwer. After the defeat of the GroenLinks in the 1994 election, Rosenmöller became the party leader.[1]

As party leader he provided opposition against the first and second cabinets of Wim Kok. In 2002, however, the political climate had changed. Rosenmöller participated in the opposition against the rise of Pim Fortuyn. At a party congress, he described Fortuyn's political position as "not just right but extreme right".[3] He lost the 2002 elections after the death of Fortuyn. In the hardened political climate after the murder of Fortuyn, serious threats against Rosenmöller's life and family were made. Because of this, Rosenmöller left politics.[1] His successor as leader of the GroenLinks party was Femke Halsema.

As member of parliament, Rosenmöller showed interest in the situation of the Netherlands Antilles and social participation of immigrants.[1]


In 2003, after leaving politics, Rosenmöller became a TV presenter for the IKON, which was an oecumenical broadcasting organisation. He also chairs Participatie van Vrouwen uit Etnische Minderheden (nl) (PAVEM), a government advisory committee on the position of migrant women, in which Princess Máxima has a seat.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Paul Rosenmöller is married and has five children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "P. Rosenmöller" (in Dutch). Parlement en Politiek. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Een oud-maoist versus Ina, van 't gebreide kader" (in Dutch). Trouw. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Hans Wansink (24 October 2003). "Iets te aardig" (in Dutch). Volkskrant. Retrieved 15 December 2010.