Niels Annen (born 6 April 1973 in Hamburg -Eimsbuettel ) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany ( SPD). Since 2013 he is (after 2005-2009 ), again a member of the German Bundestag. In the SPD party executive Annen sitting without interruption since 2003. From 2001 to 2004 he was National Chairman of the Young Socialists, the youth organization of the party. He was 2010 Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington. From 2011 to 2013 Annen worked for the International Policy Analysis Unit of the Friedrich -Ebert -Stiftung in Berlin.
Education and professional experience
After graduation in 1992 at the Peter -Petersen -Gesamtschule in Hamburg Annen made first from his community service. A study of history, geography and Latin American Studies at the University of Hamburg ended Annen in summer 2008 after 28 semesters at first without a degree. 2010 closed Annen his studies in history at the Humboldt University in Berlin with a bachelor's degree. From 2010 to 2011, he earned a Masters in International Public Policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Since 2011 he is a research associate in the Department of International Policy Analysis with responsibility for European foreign policy in the Friedrich- Ebert -Stiftung.
1989 Annen joined the SPD.
Annen was from 2000 to 2001 vice-chairman of the international association of socialist and social democratic youth organizations IUSY and belonged to the Young Socialist Federal Executive. From 2001 to 2004 he was National Chairman of the Young Socialists. 2003 Annen was elected to the SPD Federal Executive, which he had already consulted an advisory because of his Young Socialist presidency.
He is since 2003 Deputy Chairman of the Forum Democratic Left 21 Since August 2006 he has been co-editor of spw - Journal of Socialist politics and business.
Member of Parliament
From 2005 to 2009, Niels Annen with 45.0 % of the primary vote directly elected representative of the constituency Hamburg -Eimsbuettel.
As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag included the German engagement in Afghanistan and the Middle East to its key activities. Within the SPD parliamentary group, he was deputy (along with Christine Lambrecht and Andreas Steppuhn ) spokesman of the parliamentary left. Annen was also deputy chairman of the German - Spanish Parliamentary Group.
On the nomination Conference of the SPD for the choice of direct candidates for the 2009 federal election he was defeated on the 15th of November, 2008 a vote with one voice the Hamburg Young Socialist chairman Danial Ilkhanipour and could not compete as SPD direct candidate for his constituency so. The nomination meeting was preceded by considerable intra-party disputes. In the election on 27 September 2009, Ilkhanipour could not prevail against the CDU candidate Rüdiger Kruse.
On 24 August 2012 Annen announced in a letter to the Eimsbütteler county chairman Milan Pein his candidacy for the next federal election with the words:
" I do not trust to me to win this constituency again for the SPD. "
After Niels Annen had prevailed in a study conducted by the SPD Eimsbuettel member survey, it was officially on 12 December 2012 at the Eimsbüttler constituency Assembly with a majority of around 96 % of the delegates as an official candidate for the parliamentary election in 2013 in the constituency 020 - nominated Eimsbuettel. In the following general election he won the constituency with 37.5 % of votes.