Dr. D.M. (Daniel) Cohn-Bendit
Honorary supervisor Prof. Dr. A.J.A.G. Extra - 1997 – Faculteit der Letteren
Daniel Marc Cohn-Bendit (Montauban, France, 1945) is a French-German publicist and politician of Jewish origin. He studied sociology at the University of Nanterre, where he became one of the leading figures in the student movement.
After the 1968 Paris student uprising ("May '68"), of which Cohn-Bendit was labeled one of the major instigators, he was denied entry into France.
Cohn-Bendit settled in Frankfurt am Main. Here, too, he soon became involved in the left-wing student movement. In 1978, Cohn-Bendit became publisher and editor-in-chief of the magazine Pflasterstrand, a mouthpiece of the anarchist Sponti movement in Frankfurt. During this time, he also became involved in the environmental movement and participated in actions against nuclear power and the expansion of Frankfurt Airport. In 1984, the Sponti movement officially accepted parliamentary democracy and Cohn-Bendit became a member of the German Greens. In 1989, he became deputy mayor of Frankfurt and was in charge of multicultural affairs.
On that subject—which was also central to the awarding of his honorary doctorate—Cohn-Bendit wrote Heimat Babylon: das Wagnis der multikulturellen Demokratie in 1992. Until 2014, he was co-Chair of the Greens/European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament.
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