Alexander Graf Lambsdorff

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Alexander Graf Lambsdorff.

Alexander Sebastian Léonce von der Wenge Graf Lambsdorff (born on 5 November 1966 in Cologne) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament with the Free Democratic Party of Germany, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

Early life and education

Lambsdorff grew up in Hamburg, Brussels, and Bonn. His father, Hagen von der Wenge Graf Lambsdorff, is a former German ambassador to the Czech Republic and Latvia. He is a nephew of German politician and former cabinet member Otto Graf Lambsdorff. He graduated from the Catholic academic high school Aloisiuskolleg at Bonn-Bad Godesberg in 1985, then attended the University of Bonn. From 1991 until 1993 Lambsdorff attended Georgetown University on a Fulbright Scholarship and acquired a MA in History and a MS degree in Foreign Service (1993).

Diplomatic career

Political career

Lambsdorff was first elected into the European Parliament in 2004 and re-elected for a second term in 2009. Since 2011, he has been chairing the 12-member German FDP delegation in the European Parliament.

Lambsdorff serves as member of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China. He is a substitute for the Committee on Culture and Education and for the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee DACP as well as the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

As head of the EU Election Observation Mission in during the 2007–08 Kenyan crisis, he described the presidential elections as "flawed".1

At a FDP convention in Bonn in January 2014, 86.2% of the party's delegates voted for Lambsdorff to be the party's top candidate in the European Parliament elections.2

Timeline

  • 2004: Election to the European Parliament
  • 2007: Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission in Bangladesh
  • 2008: Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission in Kenia
  • 2009: Re-election to the European Parliament and appointment as Vice Chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
  • 2009: Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission in Bangladesh
  • 2010: Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission in Guinea
  • 2011: Appointment as Chair of the German FDP delegation in the European Parliament
  • 2012: Chief of the EU Election Assessment Mission in Libya

Memberships

See also: European Parliament election, 2004 (Germany) European Parliament election, 2009 (Germany)

Notes

Regarding personal names: Graf is a title, translated as Count, not a first or middle name. The female form is Gräfin.

References

  1. ^ Jeffrey Gettleman (December 31, 2007), Disputed Vote Plunges Kenya Into Bloodshed New York Times.
  2. ^ Germany's FDP launches pragmatic Europe campaign EurActiv, January 22, 2014.

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