Germany’s federal election last September led to a new three-party governing coalition led by the Social Democrats together with the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats, as well as the formation of the 20th German Bundestag. Not even 100 days into office, the executive and legislative branches of government face a host of domestic and foreign policy challenges – ranging from the pandemic response and economic recovery to tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
Join the American Council on Germany for a discussion with three Bundestag members about how the government and the parliament work together and their priorities for the coming years. We will be joined by Dorothee Martin (SPD), Frank Müller-Rosentritt (FDP), and Dr. Konstantin von Notz (Greens).
Dorothee Martin has been a member of the Bundestag since 2020, representing the Hamburg Nord electoral district. Since the 2021 election, she has served as the Social Democratic Party’s Spokesperson on Transportation. She joined the SPD in 1998 and was a member of the Hamburg Parliament from 2011 until 2020. Originally from Kaiserslautern, Ms. Martin studied Political Science and Law at the University of Hamburg.
Frank Müller-Rosentritt has been a member of the Bundestag from the State of Saxony since 2017. He serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Sub-Committee on Cultural Relations and Education Policy. In this capacity, he serves as the Free Democrats rapporteur on relations with Asia. From 2019 to 2021, Mr. Müller-Rosentritt served as chairman of the FDP in Saxony. Before entering parliament, he worked for Deutsche Bank in New York, Baden-Baden, and Dresden. He studied Business Administration at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart.
Dr. Konstantin von Notz is a member of the Alliance 90/The Greens in the German Bundestag, where he has served since 2009. Since the 19th term of the Bundestag, he has been the Deputy Chairman of the Alliance 90/the Greens Parliamentary Group. He is a member of the Committee of Inquiry on the 2016 Christmas Market Attack (“Breitscheidplatz”) and Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Control Panel. During his time in the Bundestag, Dr. von Notz has held a number of committee assignments with central importance for issues involving technology, the internet, and privacy. He has been his party’s spokesman for the Committee on Political Strategy for the Internet, and during the 18 terms of the Bundestag, he was the spokesman for the Committee of Inquiry on NSA Surveillance. During the 17th term of the Bundestag, Dr. von Notz served as spokesman of the Study Commission on the Internet and Digital Society. Prior to entering the German Parliament, he studied law, earning his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg. He then practiced law as an attorney in Mölln, Schleswig-Holstein.