born 21.7.1958 in Moers, Germany, one daughter
graduated from High school in Moers, studied German, Religion and Education, Psychology in Bremen, 1988 PhD in literary sciences
since 1980 member of the party "Die Grünen"
1987 - 1991 member of the city council of Bremen (Bürgerschaft)
1991 - 1995 Senator for Culture and Integration of foreigners
2003 - 2004 Vice-president of the city council of Bremen
since 2004 Member of the European Parliament
from 2009 to 2014 coordinator of the Committee Budget and Vice-Chair of the Committee Culture and Education since 2009
since 1994 member of the "Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft"
since 2012 member of the advisory board of the research programme of the IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
focus of parliamentary work: culture, education, budget, China and Israel