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Sven Giegold moves from Brussels to Berlin (nd current)

Sven Giegold was for the Greens in the European Parliament for twelve years until he is now moving to Berlin.

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One thing was probably important to Sven Giegold, to make it clear again: “Contrary to what some headings suggest, I am of course not changing directly from Attac to government,” wrote the Green politician in his email newsletter at the end of last week. It had previously become known that the designated Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Change Robert Habeck was bringing him to Berlin as State Secretary.

Thus – at least in the second row – one of the most prominent financial and European politicians of the Greens will be part of the new federal government. Born in Gran Canaria, Giegold studied economics in Bremen after graduating from high school in Hanover. One of his most important professors there was the co-founder of the Alternative Economic Policy working group, Jörg Huffschmid, who died in 2009 and to whom the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation has dedicated a prize for young scientists. In 2000 Giegold was a founding member of the globalization-critical network Attac Germany. During the financial crisis, the move from movement to parliament followed. In 2008, the North Rhine-Westphalian Greens put him up as a candidate for the European Parliament. Giegold became a party member and ended his involvement with Attac “so as not to endanger Attac’s party-political neutrality.”

Before moving to Berlin, Giegold can look back on twelve years in the European Parliament, during which he campaigned against tax evasion and avoidance, among other things. As a result, the 52-year-old, who is also a co-founder of the red-red-green think tank Institute Solidarity Modern, makes no secret of the fact that he is dissatisfied with the tax policy decisions of the traffic light coalition. “For me personally, it is a great disappointment that the social inequality, which rose again in the Corona crisis, is not being comprehensively addressed,” writes Giegold. “We were unable to implement the necessary redistribution projects such as the introduction of a wealth tax, which is understandable because the definition of” no tax increases “was central to the FDP.”

However, Giegold must not be too upset about the coalition agreement. After all, he helped to work out. For the Greens, he was a member of the core negotiation team and the finance and budget working group at the coalition negotiations.

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