Foreign politician with focus on Eastern and South Eastern Europe and human rights work. Former leader of the first parliamentary group of the German Green Party. 1983–2017 (intermittently), Member of the German Bundestag. 2002–2005, Parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. 1998– 2005, Federal Commissioner for Foreigners' Affairs. Member of the “Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe”. Founded the aid organization “Brücke der Hoffnung.” Chairwoman of the board of the Petersburger Dialog and director for Central/Eastern Europe at the Center for Liberal Modernity. Honors: Federal Cross of Merit, “Ramer Award for Courage in the Defense of Democracy” presented by the American Jewish Committee.