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Toni Hofreiter suddenly appears SO in the Bundestag – photo causes discussions

06/21/2022 at 11:45 am

The traffic light ministers Habeck, Baerbock, Lindner privately

The traffic light ministers Habeck, Baerbock, Lindner privately

They are the traffic light ministers and part of the government around Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Annalena Baerbock (Greens), Robert Habeck (Greens) and Christian Lindner (FDP). In the current federal government, Baerbock is Foreign Minister, Habeck is Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Lindner is Federal Minister of Finance. But what is known about the private life of the three?

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Tony Hofreiter Reinvents himself: For many years with Merkel, he led the Greens in the opposition together with Katrin Göring-Eckardt. When the Greens finally made it to government participation, he got nothing when it came to the traffic light posts. Although Hofreiter was treated as a hot candidate for the next transport minister, in the end no ministerial office jumped out for him.

Now he is chairman of the Europe Committee. Alongside FDP politician Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, he made it back into the center of events in Berlin with his vehement demands for more arms deliveries to Ukraine. Now a photo is doing the rounds on the net, that Tony Hofreiter from a completely different, private side.

Toni Hofreiter suddenly appears SO in the Bundestag – photo causes discussions

The Bavarian appeared in the Europe Committee with his little son, who was born in spring 2021. After the birth, Hofreiter took a short political break to be there for his family. The compatibility of family and political career is still an issue for Hofreiter.

The junior was now allowed to accompany him to the Bundestag and be present during the committee meeting. The picture causes discussion!


More about Toni Hofreiter:

  • His full name is Anton Gerhard “Toni” Hofreiter.
  • The 52-year-old did his Abitur in Munich and also studied biology there.
  • From 2013 to 2021 he was the parliamentary group leader of the Greens.
  • He is married and father of a son since 2021.
  • His hobby is ink painting.


Toni Hofreiter with a toddler in the Bundestag: modern father or just PR?

Many commentators on Twitter celebrate the photo posted by an editor from They see it as proof that Germany is making progress and is becoming more modern when it comes to equal rights in childcare. After all, nothing like this had ever been seen in the German Bundestag, especially not that a committee chairman with a child on his lap chairs the meeting.


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But there is also criticism. The satirical program extra3 reinforced: “From what age do you actually have the right to your own picture? Questions for the child of a busy politician.” Another commenter also criticized the photo: “Why is the child not professionally cared for during the time and has to endure this event for some PR?”

Is it all just for show? Green politician Katharina Schulze vigorously defended Hofreiter against these allegations: It could be that the care failed at short notice. And anyway: “Where’s the problem? You can also chair meetings with a child,” says Schulze, who became a mother herself last June.

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J. A. Allen

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