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Michael Roth (politician)
German politician, member of Bundestag

Michael Roth (politician)

Michael Roth (politician)
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Intro German politician, member of Bundestag
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From Germany
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Birth 24 August 1970, Heringen
Age 52 years
Michael Roth (politician)
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Michael Roth (born 24 August 1970 in Heringen) is a German politician and a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Since 17 December 2013, he has been Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office in the third Merkel Cabinet. Since January 2014, he has also been Federal Government Commissioner for Franco German Cooperation.

Personal life and academic career

Roth obtained his Abitur (higher education entrance qualification) at the Werratal secondary school in Heringen in 1990. After completing non military national service, he began studying political science, public law, sociology, and German language and literature at the Johann Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main in 1991. He was awarded a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and graduated with a degree in political science in 1997. He worked as a tutor at the Center for North American Studies and in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main until 1998 and as a lecturer at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin from 2000 to 2002.

Political career

Roth joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) as a pupil in 1987. In his party he served as Deputy Federal Chairperson of the Young Socialists (youth section of the SPD) from 1993 to 1995, has been a member of the executive committee of the North Hesse district branch of the SPD since 1996, was Chairman of the Hersfeld-Rotenburg subdistrict branch of the SPD from 2001 to 2011 and Secretary-General of the Hesse Land branch of the SPD under the leadership of Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel from 2009 to 2014.

Member of the German Bundestag, 1998-present

Roth became a Member of the German Bundestag for the first time in 1998, entering as the directly elected representative of the Hersfeld constituency with 51.7 percent of the first vote. In 2002 he was re elected to the Bundestag with 54.9 percent of the first vote of the newly merged constituency of Werra-Meißner – Hersfeld-Rotenburg. In subsequent elections he received 51.7 percent (2005) and 40.4 percent (2009) of the first vote.

From the beginning of his parliamentary work, Roth served on the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union. In addition, he was a member of the German delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe between 2003 and 2005.

From 2010 to 2013 Roth served as spokesperson on European policy for the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag under the leadership of Frank-Walter Steinmeier. From 2009 to 2014 he chaired the group of SPD parliamentarians from Hesse in the Bundestag. Between 2009 and 2013, he was also chairman of the German-Hungarian Parliamentary Friendship Group as well as a full member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the Baltic States.

Roth was elected as lead candidate for the Social Democrats in Hesse for the 2013 elections on 9 March 2013 at a SPD party conference in Hanau, where he gained 89 percent of the votes. In the 2013 federal elections, Roth won 43.1 percent of the first vote in the Werra-Meißner – Hersfeld-Rotenburg constituency. In the ensuing negotiations to form a coalition government he was a member of the joint CDU, CSU and SPD working group on foreign affairs, defence and development cooperation, led by Thomas de Maizière and Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Minister of State for Europe, 2013-present

On 17 December 2013, Roth was appointed Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office in the third Merkel Cabinet, alongside Maria Böhmer. Since January 2014 he has also been Federal Government Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation.

As Minister of State for Europe, Roth is deputy to Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Besides EU, Eastern European and Russian affairs, his main responsibilities lie in foreign and security policy, disarmament and arms control, as well as bilateral relationships with the United States, Canada, the Middle East, the Maghreb and East Asia. As chairman of the State Secretaries Committee for European Affairs, Roth participates in the Federal Government's Cabinet meetings. He also represents the Federal Government on the EU’s General Affairs Council. Roth’s main focus is the reinforcement of basic values and the rule of law within the EU. In his speeches he also emphasises the importance of enhancing social cohesion within the EU in order to counter citizens’ loss of confidence in the Union.

As Germany’s official representative, Roth took part in the memorial on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Yerevan on 24 April 2015.

Political positions

On the sidelines of an informal U.N. General Assembly meeting on the rising threat of antisemitism in January 2015, Roth joined his French counterpart Harlem Désir in appealing for U.N. member states to work together on an international legal framework that would make social network providers share responsibility for the use of their platforms to spread messages promoting violence; the French call for a radical shift in the way governments treat social networking companies such as Facebook and Twitter came two weeks after the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris.

In late 2014, Roth publicly announced that Germany would back political or economic “sanctions” over the erosion of democracy in Hungary under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, supporting instead “a political mechanism” in the European Union, short of suspending Hungary’s voting rights in the bloc or tying grants to the country to meeting democratic norms.

Amid the Greek government-debt crisis, Roth visited Greece six times within his first year in office. On the occasion of the first visit to the country by a German minister after Greeks elected the radical left-wing government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in early 2015, Roth publicly warned the new government of risking its isolation in the European Union by threatening to break ranks on the EU sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis and ditch its bailout deal. He also urged Greece to end its prolonged spat with the European Central Bank, saying ECB President Mario Draghi is an ally in the country’s struggle for funding and that both Europe and the Greek government need to avoid letting the standoff drift to a point of a Greek exit by accident. He has repeatedly pointed out that keeping Greece in the euro “is the focus of all of our efforts, though it’s up to the Greek government first and foremost to do its part.”

Other activities

  • Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF), ex-officio Chairman of the Supervisory Board
  • Deutsche Welle, Member of the Broadcasting Board
  • Franco-German Institute Ludwigsburg, ex-officio Member of the Executive Committee
  • Institute for European Politics (IEP), Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • German Foundation for Peace Research, ex-officio Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees (since 1998)
  • Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate-Waldeck, Member of the Synod
  • Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Member of the Chamber for Public Responsibility
  • Sparkasse Bad Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Member of the Supervisory Board (2009-2011)
  • Europa-Union Deutschland, Member of the Executive Board (2002-2009)
  • Bund Deutscher Bergmanns-, Hütten- und Knappenvereine, Member of the Advisory Board (1998-2005)
  • German-Hungarian Society, Member
  • Europa Union cross party group in the German Bundestag, Member
  • National Association for Workers’ Welfare (AWO), Member
  • Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE), Member
  • Young European Federalists, Member
  • Amnesty International, Member
  • German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Member

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