Monday, May 13, 2013, 7 PM
Einsteinhaus, Am Waldrand 15/17, 14548 Caputh

Daniel Cohn-Bendit

Bob and I: The Saga of a Generation

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Daniel Cohn-Bendit, journalist and politician. Born April 4, 1945, in Montauban, France, he went to school in Germany until 1965. He then returned to France, where he used a German “reparations grant” to fund his study of sociology at Nanterre University on the outskirts of Paris. He gained fame as a spokesman and leader of the May Revolution of 1968 in Paris. Following the upheaval of that time, the French government expelled him from France, a ban that was only lifted in 1978. After 1968 he lived in Frankfurt, where, along with future foreign minister Joschka Fischer, he belonged to the Spontis, who squatted in empty houses, engaged in street fights with the police, and campaigned in factories in order to foster social revolution. After 1978 he worked as a journalist, editing and publishing the magazine Pflasterstrand (“Paved Beach”). In 1984, he joined the German Green Party, becoming a member of its Realo, or realist, wing. In 1989, he was appointed director of Frankfurt’s newly created Agency for Multicultural Affairs. He fought for straightforward immigration legislation and generous rules concerning naturalization and citizenship. Later he came out in favor of military intervention to protect Bosnia’s Muslims. Daniel Cohn-Bendit has been a member of the European Parliament since 1994, alternately as a candidate for the German and French Green Parties, and as the top candidate for the European Green Party, which was founded in 2004. He is a co-chair of the Greens / European Free Alliance in the European Parliament, a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee and the Constitutional Affairs committee, as well as a substitute in the Security and Defense subcommittee. Between 1994 and 2003 he hosted a program called Literature Club on the Swiss channel DRS. For Europe!, which he co-authored with Guy Verhofstadt, was simultaneously published in six languages in 2012.

The event will be held in English