Anton Hofreiter

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Anton Hofreiter
Anton Hofreiter
Anton Hofreiter
Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of Alliance '90/The Greens
with Katrin Göring-Eckardt (2013-present)
Assumed office
2013
President Joachim Gauck
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Jürgen Trittin
Member of the Bundestag
Assumed office
2005
Personal details
Born (1970-02-02) 2 February 1970 (age 52)
Munich, Bavaria (then part of West Germany)
Nationality German
Political party Alliance '90/The Greens
Alma mater Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Profession Politician, Biologist
Website Official Website (German)

Anton "Toni" Hofreiter (born 2 February 1970 in Munich) is a German biologist and politician.

Political career

A member of Alliance '90/The Greens, Hofreiter has been a member of the Bundestag since the 2005 elections. Between 2005 and 2013, he served as member of the Committee on Transport, Building and Urban Development; he served as chairman of the committee from 2011 until 2013. He was also member of the German-Austrian Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Hofreiter has been co-chair of the Green Party's parliamentary group, together with Katrin Göring-Eckardt, since October 2013.[1] He was elected unopposed as the sole candidate of the group’s left faction.[2]

Political positions

Human rights

Following 2012 reports by Spiegel Online according to which a luxury Boeing 767 belonging to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was refitted by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg with expensive accoutrement to further accommodate the dictator's expensive tastes, Hofreiter criticized the company for cooperating with a "dictator who gives orders for the death penalty and violently destroys the opposition."[3]

In January 2015, Hofreiter criticized a decision by police in the eastern city of Dresden to ban an anti-Islam march after death threats toward an organizer, slamming the move as a worrying restriction on freedom of speech.[4] In the ongoing european migration crisis 2015 Hofreiter is an outspoken proponent of a liberal migration policy. [5]

European integration

In a 2014 debate on a reform of the voting rules in the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, Hofreiter strongly criticized calls for a power of veto. "Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann is not Germany's vicegerent in the ECB Council," he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.[6]

Other activities

  • Denkwerk Demokratie, Member of the Advisory Board

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