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The First World War marked the end of a world order in which the European nations primarily called the tune, and ushered in a violent “Age of Extremes”. This violence was ended by the achievement of a pan-European democratic perspective, which now experiences a serious challenge. In light of the crisis in Ukraine, which calls into question the territorial integrity of a sovereign state in Europe once again, certain lessons from history need to be re-taught, and some new experiences soberly processed.
Professor Norbert Lammert has served as President of the German Bundestag since October 2005. On 22 October 2013, the Members of the Bundestag re-elected him to the top parliamentary post. In terms of protocol, he ranks second only to the President of the Federal Republic. As President of the Bundestag he ensures that Parliament’s rules are upheld and represents Parliament in the public sphere. He also heads the Bundestag Administration, which has around 2500 members of staff, and the Bundestag police.
Norbert Lammert was born in 1948. After obtaining his Abitur (higher-education entrance qualification) and completing military service, he studied political science, modern history and social economics in Bochum and at Oxford.
He joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in 1966. In 1975, he obtained his doctorate in social science. After holding a range of political posts at local and regional level, he was elected to the Bundestag in 1980. He served as deputy chairman of the Committee for the Scrutiny of Elections, Immunity and the Rules of Procedure from 1983 to 1989, then as a parliamentary state secretary at various federal ministries in the 1990s.