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Michael Brand
Michael Brand 2013.jpg
Member of the Bundestag
for Fulda
Assumed office
18 October 2005
Preceded byMartin Hohmann
Personal details
Born (1973-11-19) 19 November 1973 (age 48)
Fulda, Hesse, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political party German:
European People's Party
Alma materUniversity of Bonn

Michael Brand (born 19 November 1973) is a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Political career

He is a former election observer at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Brand has been a directly elected member of the Bundestag since 2005, representing Fulda.

Between 2005 and 2013, Brand was a member of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, where he served as the CDU/CSU parliamentary group's rapporteur on recycling and waste regulations. From 2009 until 2017, he also served on the Defence Committee and on the Sub-Committee for Civilian Crisis Prevention.

Since the 2009 federal elections, Brand has been serving on the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, which he chaired from 2014 until 2017. He is also a member of the Committee on Internal Affairs. In addition, he serves as deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and a member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia).

In the negotiations to form a coalition government under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2017 federal elections, Brand was part of the working group on foreign policy, led by Ursula von der Leyen, Gerd Müller and Sigmar Gabriel.

Since 2020, Brand has been serving as co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).[1]

Other activities

Government agencies

Non-profit organizations

Political positions

In April 2015, Brand vigorously criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for refusing to use the word "genocide" to describe the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, arguing that "the German foreign minister is expected on a national and international level to recognize and name a genocide; [...] especially because of the Holocaust a genocide must not be by-passed or withheld due to cowardice."[3]

In 2015, a majority of the Bundestag voted in favor of banning assisted suicides performed by associations, on the basis of a proposal put forward by Brand and fellow parliamentarian Kerstin Griese of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The proposed bill submitted by Brand and Griese had called for "striking a balance" between punishing those who provide suicide assistance and complete deregulation of the process. The parliamentarians voted in favor of one of the proposals irrespective of their parties' policy on the matter.[4] In 2020, the ban was overturned by the Federal Constitutional Court.

In June 2017, Brand voted against Germany's introduction of same-sex marriage.[5]

In September 2020, Brand was one of 15 members of his parliamentary group who joined Norbert Röttgen in writing an open letter to Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer which called on Germany and other EU counties to take in 5000 immigrants who were left without shelter after fires gutted the overcrowded Mória Reception and Identification Centre on the Greek island of Lesbos.[6]