Ralf Fücks was born in 1951 in Edenkoben and studied social science, economics and history in Heidelberg and Bremen. He became a member of the Green Party in 1982. He was voted in as National Chairperson of the Greens in 1989 and, from 1991 to 1995 was Senator for Urban Development and Environmental Protection in Bremen as well as Mayor of the city. He has been Chairperson of the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 1996, dealing with subjects such as green economics migration and the future of Europe, among other things. In 2014 he was co-initiator of a public letter to Federal Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier, demanding a strengthening of the European perspective in the Ukraine. Ralf Fücks writes regularly on political and international issues for magazines and newspapers in Germany and abroad. His last book “Intelligent wachsen. Die grüne Revolution” (tr. “Growing Intelligently. The Green Revolution.”) was published by Hanser Verlag in 2013.