German members of the Council

ECFR has brought together a distinguished Council of over 330 Members – serving politicians, decision-makers, thinkers and business leaders from across the EU – which meets once a year as a full body.  Through geographical and thematic task forces, members provide ECFR staff with advice and feedback on policy ideas and contribute to ECFR’s activities in their own countries.

ECFR’s German Council Members include:

  • Niels Annen – Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office; Member of the Bundestag
  • Annalena Baerbock – Chairwoman, Green Party of Germany (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) and Member of the German Bundestag
  • Thomas Bagger – Ambassador, Director-General for Foreign Affairs, Office of the Federal President of Germany
  • Franziska Brantner – Member of the Bundestag; spokeswoman for European policy and parliamentary whip for the Buendnis90/Die Gruenen
  • Harald Braun –  former Ambassador of Germany to the UN; former State Secretary of the German Foreign Office
  • Sandra Breka – Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Julia De Clerck-Sachsse – Project leader, European Studies Centre, Oxford University
  • Joschka Fischer – Emeritus Chair, ECFR; former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Vice-Chancellor
  • Sigmar Gabriel – Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke e.V.; former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany
  • Christine Graeff – Director General of Communications, European Central Bank
  • Alexander Graf Lambsdorff – Member of the Bundestag; Deputy Chairman of the FDP
  • Ulrike Guérot – Founder and Director, European Democracy Lab; Professor, Danube University Krems
  • Sylvia Hartleif – Principal Advisor, European Political Strategy Center, European Commission
  • Anna Herrhausen – Executive Director, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
  • Ina Heusgen – Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations
  • Wolfgang Ischinger – Ambassador Chairman, Munich Security Conference
  • Roderich Kiesewetter – Member of the Bundestag
  • Stefan Kornelius – Foreign Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Martina Krogmann – CEO, ipc; Senior Adviser GDW
  • Sergey Lagodinsky – Member of the European Parliament
  • David McAllister – Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament
  • Michelle Müntefering – Minister of State, Federal Foreign Office; Member of the Bundestag
  • Matthias Nass – Chief International Correspondent, DIE ZEIT
  • Dietmar Nietan – Member of the Bundestag; treasurer of the SPD
  • Omid Nouripour – Member of the Bundestag, Green party spokesman on foreign affairs
  • Cem Özdemir – Member of the Bundestag
  • Ruprecht Polenz – former Chairman of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Norbert Röttgen – Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Bundestag
  • Nikolaus Röttger – Managing Partner, FutureStory
  • Klaus Scharioth – Dean of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs; former Ambassador of Germany to the United States
  • Michael Schwarz – Executive Director, Stiftung Mercator
  • Daniela Schwarzer – Director, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
  • Volker Stanzel – former Ambassador of Germany to China and Japan
  • Christoph Steck – Director Public Policy and Internet, Telefonica
  • Sabine Stricker-Kellerer – Lawyer, SSK Asia
  • Michael Stürmer – Chief Correspondent, Die Welt
  • Eckart von Klaeden – Head of External Affairs, Daimler AG; Former Minister of State at the Federal Chancellery
  • Johann Wadephul – Member of the Bundestag; Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU 
  • Andre Wilkens – Director, European Cultural Foundation; Co-Founder; Die Offene Gesellschaft