Influence Index 2020: Most Influential German MEPs

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 27 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons check out the full study.

The analysis uses data and insights from the one-year period up to August 2020. There have since been some changes in European parliamentary seats and leadership positions. 


1) Manfred Weber (Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern e.V., EPP) is highly influential as the Chair of the EPP parliamentary group and Vice-President of the EPP party. He is well known for his position as “spitzenkandidat” of the Christian Democrats during the parliamentary elections. Weber is a true old hand in parliament, currently serving his 4th term. In previous terms, Weber served as Chair or Vice-Chair of the EPP. He has worked on human rights issues, and led a file on third-country nationals who stay in the EU illegally. Weber has always made a strong case for further EU integration, for example, he created a petition to distribute free train tickets for EU citizens on their 18th birthday.

2) Markus Ferber (Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern e.V., EPP) is the second most influential German MEP. He is the Coordinator of the influential Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs for the EPP. He certainly is one of the most experienced MEPs as he made his first appearance in 1994 and he is currently serving his 6th term. He is specialised on issues concerning finance, the EU budget and tax avoidance. Indeed, former positions include Vice-Chair of Economy and Monetary Affairs and member of the Bureau of EPP. He was also previously part of  the parliamentary committee that investigated the Panama Papers revelations. As Markus Ferber has a leadership position in the biggest political family in the Parliament, his performance scores are high. He is currently working on a report on international road passenger transport services.

3) Sven Giegold (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Greens/EFA) is coming in third for Germany. He is Vice-Chair of Delegation for Northern Cooperation and for Relations with Switzerland and Norway and to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee. Given his background in economics, Giegold’s particular focus is on taxation. He is the Co-Chair of the Social economy intergroup, a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and was the rapporteur for a piece of legislation on the exchange of tax information. 

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Read our overall assessment on the most politically influential MEPs in the European Parliament and the most politically influential MEPs on different policy areas.

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