Terry Reintke

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Terry Reintke
Reintke in 2023
Leader of the Greens–European Free Alliance in the European Parliament
Assumed office
12 October 2022
Serving with Philippe Lamberts
Preceded bySka Keller
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Personal details
Theresa Reintke

(1987-05-09) 9 May 1987 (age 36)
Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
Political party German
Alliance 90/The Greens
The Greens–European Free Alliance
Alma materFree University of Berlin

Theresa Reintke (born 9 May 1987) is a German politician who has been serving as a member of the European Parliament from Germany since 2014. She is co-president of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. She is a member of the Alliance 90/The Greens, part of The Greens–European Free Alliance. From 2011 to 2013 she was the spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens.

Early life and education[edit]

Reintke was born and raised in Gelsenkirchen.[1][2] She studied political science at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of the Free University of Berlin, where her thesis was on "Local NGOs and sexualised violence in the Balkan conflicts".[3] She also worked as a legislative advisor at the Bundestag for representative Ulrich Schneider [de].[1][4]

Political career[edit]

Reintke was a member of the executive board of German Green Youth from 2008 to 2009,[1] and from 2011 to 2013 was the spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens.[1][5]

Elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 European election, Reintke served as member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Regional Development during her first term. In 2019, she moved to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. In this capacity, she is her parliamentary group’s shadow rapporteur on Poland.[6]

In addition to her committee assignments, Reintke co-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.[7] She is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Anti-Corruption[8] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Trade Unions.[9]

Following the 2019 elections, Reintke was part of a cross-party working group in charge of drafting the European Parliament's work program on rule of law, borders and migration.[10] She has since been serving as deputy chairwoman of the Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) group, under the leadership of co-chairs Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts.[11]

Since 2021, Reintke has been part of the Parliament's delegation to the EU-UK Parliamentary Assembly, which provides parliamentary oversight over the implementation of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.[12]

In the negotiations to form a so-called traffic light coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) following the 2021 German elections, Reintke was part of her party's delegation in the working group on European affairs, co-chaired by Udo Bullmann, Franziska Brantner and Nicola Beer.[13]

In the negotiations to form a coalition government under the leadership of Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia Hendrik Wüst following the 2022 state elections, Reintke was part of her party’s delegation.[14][15]

In early 2024, the European Green Party chose Reintke and Bas Eickhout to steer its campaign for the 2024 European Parliament election.[16]

Other activities[edit]

Political positions[edit]

In 2021, Reintke joined forces with David McAllister and Radosław Sikorski in initiating a letter of 145 member of the European Parliament to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Education Commissioner Mariya Gabriel in which they called for allowing Scotland and Wales to rejoin the European Union’s Erasmus+ mobility scheme.[18]

Following the protests in Germany against the AfD party in January 2024, Reintke told EU Scream that she wants the European Parliament to launch an inquiry into the Identity and Democracy party, which regroups far-right extremists at the EU level, including Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National party. The inquiry could lead to excluding the ID party from receiving EU finds or even to banning the ID party, if it can be proven that the far-right party does not respect the democratic values of the EU enunciated in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union.[19]


In 2014, Reintke reported on her first week as a Member of the European Parliament in a widely discussed YouTube video with fellow Green representatives Jan Philipp Albrecht and Ska Keller,[20] which led to criticism of her ability to work with opponents.[21]

Along with Volker Beck, Felix Banaszak and Max Lucks, Reintke was temporarily detained when Beck wanted to speak publicly at Istanbul Pride in June 2016.[22][23]


In December 2017, Reintke was featured in TIME magazine's coverage of their Person of the Year issue, as part of the "Silence Breakers" honoured for speaking out against sexual abuse and harassment.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Reintke is in a relationship with Mélanie Vogel. They live in Brussels.[25]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biographie: Terry Reintke", Hart aber fair, Das Erste, 22 October 2012 (in German).
  2. ^ "Interview mit Terry Reintke: 'Eine Trennung von Patriotismus und Nationalismus ist sehr schwierig'", Grüne Jugend, 29 June 2012 (in German)
  3. ^ "Verzeichnis der Absolventinnen und Absolventen und ihrer Diplomarbeitsthemen: Abschluss Wintersemester 2011/2012", OSI Club, retrieved 10 August 2014 (Microsoft Word) (in German)
  4. ^ Ulrich Schneider personal website, retrieved 10 August 2014 (in German)
  5. ^ "Executive Committee 2011", Federation of Young European Greens, archived at the Wayback Machine, 28 March 2012.
  6. ^ Monika Scislowska (October 7, 2021), Court rules Polish Constitution has primacy over EU laws Associated Press.
  7. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights.
  8. ^ Intergroup on Anti-Corruption European Parliament.
  9. ^ Intergroup on Trade Unions European Parliament.
  10. ^ Florian Eder (June 13, 2019), POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Google: Madrid’s moment — Parliament working groups sneak peak — Happy birthday, GDPR Politico Europe.
  11. ^ Greens/EFA group positions elected Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), press release of June 12, 2019.
  12. ^ Hans von der Burchard and Maïa de La Baume (October 5, 2021), European Parliament approves new joint EU-UK Brexit assembly Politico Europe.
  13. ^ Britt-Marie Lakämper (October 21, 2021), SPD, Grüne, FDP: Diese Politiker verhandeln die Ampel-Koalition Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.
  14. ^ Martin Teigeler (23 May 2022), Nach NRW-Wahl: Sondierungen beginnen am Dienstag Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
  15. ^ Maximilian Plück and Sina Zehrfeld (23 May 2022), Nach der Landtagswahl in NRW: CDU und Grüne starten Sondierungsgespräche – in der SPD ist man gespannt Rheinische Post.
  16. ^ Louise Guillot (3 February 2024), Greens pick veteran MEP duo to lead EU campaign Politico Europe.
  17. ^ Advisory Board on Participation, Gender Democracy and Anti-Discrimination Heinrich Böll Foundation.
  18. ^ Cristina Gallardo (January 22, 2021), MEPs ask if Scotland, Wales can rejoin Erasmus student program Politico Europe.
  19. ^ Kanter, James (28 January 2024). Terry Reintke, Looking to Ban ID, Article 2, AfD and Le Pen (podcast). Brussels: EU Scream.
  20. ^ Sebastian Kempkens, "Grüne Europaabgeordnete auf YouTube: Juhuuuu, Terry", Der Spiegel, 7 July 2014 (in German)
  21. ^ Jochen Bittner, "Auf der grünen Meinungsinsel", Editorial, Die Zeit, 10 July 2014 (in German)
  22. ^ Carolin Skiba (28 June 2016), Duisburg: Grünen-Politiker in Türkei festgenommen Rheinische Post.
  23. ^ German lawmaker temporarily detained at Istanbul gay parade Associated Press, 26 June 2016.
  24. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie; Dockterman, Eliana; Sweetland Edwards, Haley (6 December 2017). "TIME Person of the Year 2017". time.com. TIME magazine. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  25. ^ Marceau Taburet (27 September 2021), Révolution? Mélanie Vogel, la nouvelle élue écologiste qui espère bousculer le Sénat Libération.

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