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Renate Künast

Renate Künast
Renate Künast
Member of the Bundestag of Germany
Assumed office
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
In office
12 January 2001 – 4 October 2005
Preceded by Karl-Heinz Funke
Succeeded by Jürgen Trittin (acting)
Horst Seehofer
Member of the Berlin House of Deputies
In office
Personal details
Born (1955-12-15) 15 December 1955
Recklinghausen, Germany
Nationality German
Political party Alliance '90/The Greens
Residence Berlin, Germany
Alma mater Fachhochschule Düsseldorf
Occupation attorney

Renate Künast (born 15 December 1955) is a German politician of Alliance '90/The Greens. She was the Minister of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture from 2001 to 2005 and subsequently served as chairwoman of the her party's parliamentary group in the Bundestag.


  • Personal life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Recognition 3
  • Controversy 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Personal life

Künast was born in Recklinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia. She studied social work in Düsseldorf and worked from 1977 to 1979 in this profession in a jailhouse in Berlin. After that she studied law at the Free University of Berlin until 1985 and worked as lawyer specializing on aliens law and criminal law.

Political career

Since 1979, Künast has been a member of the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), first in the Alternative List in West Berlin. In the 1990s she was member of parliament and chairwoman of the greens in the parliament of Berlin.

From June 2000 to March 2001 she was co-chair of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen on the national level, together with animal welfare.

Künast is also a member of the Mossad front", which she denied.[11][12]


  • Die Dickmacher. Warum die Deutschen immer fetter werden und was wir dagegen tun müssen. Riemann Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-570-50062-4.
  • Klasse statt Masse. Die Erde schätzen, den Verbraucher schützen. Econ Ullstein List Verlag, München 2002.
  • Der Mordfall Schmücker und der Verfassungs„schutz“. Dokumentation seit dem 29. September 1986, vorgelegt von Renate Künast (MdA), Februar 1987. Alternative Liste für Demokratie und Umweltschutz, Fraktion des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin, 1987.


  1. ^ Roger Cohen (January 11, 2001), Two Named to New German Agency in Shuffle Over Beef Disease New York Times.
  2. ^ Beirat der Humanistischen Union
  3. ^ Kuratorium der BAH, Berliner AIDS-Hilfe.
  4. ^ Honorary Members, International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.
  5. ^ Honorary Members, Angelo Roncalli Committee, International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.
  6. ^ "German Green leader to run for Berlin mayor".  
  7. ^ State Election in German Capital: Klaus Wowereit Wins Third Term as Berlin Mayor Spiegel Online, September 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Quentin Peel (September 24, 2013), Centre-left opposition to coalition with Merkel deepens Financial Times.
  9. ^ Quentin Peel (September 17, 2013), Prospects fade for Green - SPD coalition in Germany Financial Times.
  10. ^,30
  11. ^ Benjamin Weinthal (2008-11-09). "German Kristallnacht events marred by reported rise in anti-Semitism".  
  12. ^ Benjamin Weinthal (2009-07-12). "'"German pro-Israel group labeled 'Mossad front. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 

External links

  • Renate Künast, Member of the German Parliament
  • Renate Künast interview in Exberliner magazine
In July 2009 she was accused of antisemitism by the


In 2010, Künast – along with Cécile Duflot, Monica Frassoni, and Marina Silva – was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers,[10] for taking Green mainstream.


Over the course of her career, Künast has regularly dismissed prospects for an alternative coalition between the Greens and Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union on a national level.[9]

After the 2013 federal elections, the resignation of Künast and Jürgen Trittin as co-leaders of the Green Party's group in parliament cleared the way for the election of Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Anton Hofreiter.[8] In 2014, Künast was instead elected chairwoman of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Consumer Protection. Already since 2005, she also been serving on the Committee on the Election of Judges (Wahlausschuss), which is in charge of appointing judges to the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

Künast announced on 5 November 2010 that she we would be the candidate for Governing Mayor of Berlin for Alliance '90/The Greens in the Berlin state election, 2011.[6] Under her leadership, the Green Party came third with 17.6 percent of the vote, up from the 13.1 percent they won in the previous election.[7] However, incumbent Klaus Wowereit from the Social Democrats chose to enter a coalition with the conservative CDU, leaving Künast without any role in Berlin state politics.

After the 2005 federal election, Künast became co-chair of the Green Party's parliamentary group, again together with Fritz Kuhn and later with Jürgen Trittin.


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