Young, ambitious, political

Germany’s youngest members of parliament are eager to help shape politics. What is important to them, and what they want to change.

Gyde Jensen
Gyde Jensen FDP

Germany. Gyde Jensen and Roman Müller-Böhm are the youngest woman and the youngest man in the new Bundestag. These are their aims.

Roman Müller-Böhm, 25, from North Rhine Westphalia
Roman Müller-Böhm
Roman Müller-Böhm Bernhardt Link - Farbtonwerk

“I’m the youngest member of parliament in the new Bundestag. Since I’m currently studying law and computer science, it means I’ll be commuting between where I live in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Berlin. I’m not aiming to become a career politician.

I’m looking forward to giving my first speech in the Bundestag – but the thought of it does make me feel nervous.

Member of parliament Roman Müller-Böhm (25), FDP

When I was 16, I could only take part in the local elections. Even then I felt the urge to be actively involved, and I stood for The Youth Parliament. In 2016 I was asked if I would like to run as a candidate in the German federal election. I’m very interested in digitalization and education as well as the environment and mobility.

I want to make the work of a member of parliament transparent, I want to approach people, rouse an interest in politics and help to shape discussions. I’m looking forward to giving my first speech in the Bundestag – but the thought of it does make me feel nervous.”

Gyde Jensen, 28, from Schleswig-Holstein

“I’ve been a member of the Young Liberals in Schleswig-Holstein since 2010, because while studying political science and international politics I felt the practical side was missing. I received a lot of positive feedback as district chairwoman of the Young Liberals. Political involvement is growing again – especially following the Brexit vote and the strengthening of right-wing populist parties.

All of the democratic parliamentary groups should form a political counterpole against the right.

Member of parliament Gyde Jensen (28), FDP

I want to engage in dialogue with citizens and represent the younger generation. I would like to work in the area of international politics, start-ups or the promotion of young people.

I’m expecting this to be a historical period of legislation, because we now have six parliamentary groups including the AfD in the Bundestag. All of the democratic parliamentary groups should form a political counterpole against the right.”

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