New German Parliament is younger and more female

Berlin: As the German Bundestag meets for the first time on 26 October, IPU data shows that the new lower house has more women MPs and that the number of young MPs has significantly increased compared with the previous legislature elected in 2017.

IPU Parline data shows that out of the 598 seats in the lower house, more than a third are women (34.92 per cent) compared with 31.45 per cent in the outgoing parliament.

This is also above the global average which currently stands at 25.8 per cent. This means Germany has moved up to the 42nd place worldwide according to the IPU monthly rankingcompared with 54th place for the previous legislature.

Two transgender women also sit in the new legislature, both from the Green party: Tessa Ganserer from Nuremberg and Nyke Slawik representing the western city of Leverkusen.

The Bundestag is also now significantly younger than before. In the new legislature, 65 MPs are under 30 compared with none in 2017. Overall, 42 per cent of MPs are under 45 years compared with 23.3 per cent in the last house.

Ulrich Lechte, from the Free Democratic Party and Board Member of the IPU Forum of Young MPs, said “A new era has just begun in the German Parliament with a generational sea change. It’s wonderful to see many new MPs of my own generation or younger. It shows how many younger people have voted for the first time for smaller parties like my own.”

The youngest MP of the Bundestag, Emilia Fester from the Green Party, is a 23-year old theatre director from Hamburg.