Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann

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Field of expertise: Security and defence

Marie-Agnes has more than 20 years of work experience as a publishing representative in sales for the youth book publisher Tessloff. She joined FDP in 1990: as a young mother, she wanted to make a difference on the ground and improve it for her children.

From 2008 to 2014 she broke new ground as the first female mayor of the state capital Düsseldorf, demonstrating practical knowledge on issues directly affecting European citizens, such as infrastructure, transportation and support innovation for local SMEs. She fulfilled this role with passion and tireless commitment. In 2014, as district chairman of the FDP in Düsseldorf, she led the traffic light negotiations, among other things, and pushed through a strong liberal signature.  

She was a member of the council of the state capital Düsseldorf and was committed to the design of her hometown from 2004 to 2023. From 2013 to 2019 she was deputy federal chairwoman of the FDP, which gave her the opportunity to actively participate in the rebuilding of FDP. Since 2017 she is a member of the Bundestag. Between 2017 and 2021 she was a spokesperson for local and defence policy of the FDP parliamentary group. Since 2019 she is in the FDP federal executive committee. 

In 2021 she is re-elected in the German Bundestag, with the best second vote result in North Rhine-Westphalia, winning 2nd place on the state list of the FDP-NRW. She is the chair of the Defence Committee in the German Bundestag since 2021, where she is working for a modern defence policy. At the federal party congress in April 2023, she was nominated as the top candidate for the European elections and she once more became a member of the FDP presidium.  

Marie-Agnes comes with a solid background in defence and security based on experience, which reinforces ALDE Party’s liberal commitment to the safety of the European continent and to support Ukraine at any cost. 

On defence and security policy, Marie-Agnes believes that the Bundeswehr has been criminally neglected for years, and the brutal Russian attack on Ukraine has turned old certainties upside down. The turning point and the special fund for the Bundeswehr are the right signals that must now reach the troops. Respect for the commitment and performance of our soldiers requires maximum protection through the best possible equipment. Germany must take the lead in Europe. 

On the topic of a European army, Marie-Agnes declared that “we should get used to the idea and set out step by step. The issue of security is fundamentally a national responsibility. However, there is already a wide range of bilateral military cooperation. Of course, a European army is not something that can be rushed. She is calling for “an appropriate command structure and joint procurement of military equipment. After the European elections, we should start with a fully-fledged Defence and Security Committee – as well as with a Commissioner to tackle this major issue.” 

On European legislation, Marie-Agnes declared that “for many people, political Europe is very abstract. Most of them are interested in federal politics and, of course, are aware of what is happening right on their doorstep. The European Union seems far removed from everyday life, yet more than 50 percent of all laws and regulations come from Brussels. Many European rules are complicated, bureaucratic and have a direct impact on our lives. It is therefore important who represents the interests of the citizens in Parliament and who is the President of the Commission. That is why European legislation needs to be brought to the attention of the people.” 

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