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Franziska Brantner

Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Biography

Franziska Brantner has been a member of the Bundestag since 2013 and was appointed parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in 2021. She was previously the spokesperson for European policy and parliamentary secretary of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. Prior to joining the Bundestag, she was a member of the European Parliament, where she served as foreign policy spokesperson for the Green/EFA Group. She has also worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation in Brussels, consulting on EU foreign policy issues.

The true value of European sovereignty

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has underlined the importance of European sovereignty. The EU should now invest boldly in its military capabilities, cyber-defences, energy independence, and economic resilience.

We need to pull our own weight

European strategic sovereignty means the capacity to preserve and foster human rights, liberal democracy, multilateralism, and a social and green market economy in an interdependent and complex world

Europe must end its silence on Syria

ECFR Council members call for European states to provide emergency airlift services in Aleppo and implement additional sanctions on Russia for its complicity in war crimes

The Libyan context of the migration crisis

Merely attacking smugglers’ boats will not help; instead, the EU must address the civil war that lies behind the traffickers’ actions

The IKEA guide to Lisbon

Implementing the Lisbon Treaty is the bureaucratic equivalent of putting together an IKEA flat-pack table. First step: read the instructions.

A new world of diplomacy

We need diplomats to liaise with cities and regions

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The true value of European sovereignty

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has underlined the importance of European sovereignty. The EU should now invest boldly in its military capabilities, cyber-defences, energy independence, and economic resilience.

We need to pull our own weight

European strategic sovereignty means the capacity to preserve and foster human rights, liberal democracy, multilateralism, and a social and green market economy in an interdependent and complex world

Europe must end its silence on Syria

ECFR Council members call for European states to provide emergency airlift services in Aleppo and implement additional sanctions on Russia for its complicity in war crimes

The Libyan context of the migration crisis

Merely attacking smugglers’ boats will not help; instead, the EU must address the civil war that lies behind the traffickers’ actions

The IKEA guide to Lisbon

Implementing the Lisbon Treaty is the bureaucratic equivalent of putting together an IKEA flat-pack table. First step: read the instructions.

A new world of diplomacy

We need diplomats to liaise with cities and regions

Backsliding on human rights

The EU and their allies have to get their act together on human rights. Lives are at risk.

A confused EU cannot fight racism

The debacle in the UN could be the precursor of more clashes over human rights, with Europe as a target

Europe’s UN human rights problem

There are clear signs that the EU’s influence at the UN is declining in one of the areas on which it is most united: human rights

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