Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.
The most influential MEP in our overall ranking also occupies the first position in the list of the most influential German MEPs. Martin Schulz, member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, has been President of the European Parliament for almost five years, although he is now close to the end of his second mandate, which will expire at the end of the year. Whether Schulz will be reelected for an unprecedented third term or not, he will still have a considerable amount of clout on the legislative assembly, given his long political experience in the institution. Before starting his political career, he first worked as bookseller and then as a bookshop owner for more than ten years. He is now one of the most longstanding MEP as he was first elected in 1994. Schulz was the chair of S&D group (which is the second largest group in the EP) for 12 years before being elected President of the institution.
The chair of the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber, occupies the second position in our list. As with Schulz, he also worked in the private sector before becoming a politician, as he founded a consultancy firm in 1996. After a stint in the Bavarian Parliament, he was elected with the Christian Social Union to the European Parliament in 2007. Since the very beginning, he held positions of powers within the EPP: firstly as a member of the Bureau, then as the vice-chair of the group and, since 2014, he has been the chair of the largest group in the EP.
Finally, another member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Bernd Lange, closes our overview on the most influential German MEPs. He is also a longstanding member of the institution, which he first joined in 1994. Before then, Lange worked as a high school teacher for more than 10 years. He is now the head of the Committee on International Trade, which is now one of the busiest committees in the European Parliament. Furthermore, he also drafted a few reports about trade over the last two years and a half, such as the recommendations to the European Commission on the Negotiations on TTIP, a resolution on the negotiation for a EU-Tunisia Free Trade Agreement and a resolution of the state of play of the Doha Development Agenda.
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