Udo Bullmann

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Udo Bullmann

Udo Bullmann (2014).jpg
Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
In office
20 March 2018 – 1 July 2019
Preceded byMaria João Rodrigues (Acting)
Succeeded byIratxe García
In office
31 January 2018 – 7 March 2018
Preceded byGianni Pittella
Succeeded byMaria João Rodrigues (Acting)
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
Assumed office
1 July 1999
Personal details
Born (1956-06-08) 8 June 1956 (age 63)
Giessen, West Germany (now Germany)
Political partySocial Democratic Party
EducationUniversity of Giessen
WebsiteOfficial website

Udo Bullmann (born 8 June 1956) is a German politician and member of the European Parliament from Germany. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, part of the Party of European Socialists.

Personal life[edit]

Udo Bullmann was born on 8 June 1956 in Giessen, Germany.

Academic career[edit]

Bullmann studied political science, sociology, public law, as well as economy. In 1982 he received a M.A. in political science and 1988 the doctorate in social science. From 1989 to 1996 he was a Research Assistant at the University of Giessen. He was a scholarship of the German Research Council from 1994 to 1997 and, from 1994 to 1998 a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Government at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. The year before being elected to the European Parliament in 1999, he was a university lecturer and Jean Monnet Professor for Studies in European integration at the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen.

Political career[edit]

Since his entry into the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in 1979, Bullmann was mostly engaged with the Young-Socialists branch. He was the chairman of the Hesse regional association of the Young-Socialists.

Member of the European Parliament, 1999–present[edit]

In 1999 Bullmann was elected to the European Parliament. He has been deputy chairman of the SPD group in the European Parliament since May 2003.

Bullmann's political work focuses on economy and employment, the Lisbon Strategy, the European financial service sector, as well as development politics and regional policy. Since 1999, he has been a member of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Between 1999 and 2014, he was also a member of Joint Parliamentary Assembly of the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific states and an alternate member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. In addition to his committee assignments, Bullmann serves as member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.[1]

In early 2014, the SPD chose Bullmann to be the party list’s number 3 for the 2014 European elections, following Martin Schulz and Birgit Sippel.[2] He also led the German delegation within the S&D Group until 2018.

In March 2018, the S&D Group chose Bullmann as their new leader; he received 86 votes, while his competitor Kathleen Van Brempt got 61 votes.[3][4] Following the bad result of his own party in the 2019 elections, Bullmann decided not to run again for the leadership; instead, the position went to Iratxe García.[5] Bullmann subsequently became a member of the Committee on Development.

Role in national politics[edit]

In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU together with the Bavarian CSU) and the SPD following the 2013 German elections, Bullmann was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on banking regulation and the Eurozone, led by Herbert Reul and Martin Schulz. He also participated in similar negotiations following the 2017 elections.[6]

Other activities[edit]

See also: 2004 European Parliament election in Germany


  1. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.
  2. ^ Dave Keating (January 27, 2014), German parties select European Parliament candidates European Voice.
  3. ^ Maïa de La Baume (March 20, 2018), Socialists pick Germany’s Udo Bullmann as leader Politico Europe.
  4. ^ Maïa de La Baume (June 6, 2019), Udo Bullmann and Iratxe García to run for socialist group leadership Politico Europe.
  5. ^ David M. Herszenhorn, Lili Bayer and Maïa de La Baume (June 17, 2019), Bullmann concedes race to lead Socialist group Politico Europe.
  6. ^ Die große Hauptverhandlungsrunde von CDU, CSU und SPD Die Zeit, February 2, 2018.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Gianni Pittella
Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

Succeeded by
Maria João Rodrigues
Preceded by
Maria João Rodrigues
Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Succeeded by
Iratxe García