Member of the German Bundestag; former Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Franziska Brantner has been Member of the German Bundestag and the Greens group in the Bundestag (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) from Heidelberg since October 2013. Prior to this, she was Member of the European Parliament for four years. She was spokeswoman for foreign affairs of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and Parliament's standing rapporteur for the Instrument for Stability for conflict resolution and crisis response. She has also been her group's chief negotiator for the establishment and review of the European External Action Service. She served as Member and her political group's coordinator on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and as substitute member on the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and on the Committee on Budgets.
Franziska Brantner graduated in 2004 with a dual degree (M.A. and diplôme) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York and Sciences Po in Paris, where she graduated top of her class. In 2010, she received a Doctorate (magna cum laude) from the University of Mannheim for her research on the reformability of the United Nations.
Before joining the European Parliament, Franziska Brantner worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation consulting on EU foreign policy issues. As a consultant for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), she helped design a European action plan for the UN Security Resolution 1325, the first resolution ever passed by the Security Council that specifically addressed the impact of war on women, and women's contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. In 2007-08, Franziska co-authored with Richard Gowan a study for the European Council on Foreign Relations on EU Human Rights Policies at the United Nations and she was a member of the Peace and Security Commission of the German Greens. Living today in Heidelberg and Brussels, Franziska Brantner studied and worked in Freiburg, Tel Aviv, Washington, D. C., Paris, New York and Berlin. She was born in Lörrach in southwest Germany.