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Mr. Bernd Lucke

Wrong Bernd Lucke?

Economics Professor

University of Hamburg

Employment History

  • Full-Time Economics Professor
    University of Hamburg
  • Chairman
  • Economics Professor
    Hamburg University

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
  • Founder


  • undergraduate degree , economics , history and philosophy
    Bonn university
  • PhD , applied microeconomics
    Free University of Berlin
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Daiwa Research Blog, 23 Dec 2014 [cached]
Contrary to the M5S, however, the AfD’s main leader, Bernd Lucke, is not a populist comedian, but an even-tempered 50-year old economics professor at the University of Hamburg. Lucke is also founder and chairman of the “Plenum of Economists�, a German initiative formed in 2010 to challenge the creation of the euro area’s permanent bailout fund, the ESM.
Parallel domestic currencies â€" similar to the introduction of the euro â€" with initially fixed exchange rates, which would subsequently be adjusted to reflect differences in economic strength, seem to be one of the options considered by Lucke and his academic peers.
Led by a softly-spoken 50-year-old ..., 15 April 2013 [cached]
Led by a softly-spoken 50-year-old economics professor, Bernd Lucke, AfD adds further to the fragmentation of German politics.
All the same, by taking away more votes from the right than the left, even if his group wins only 3-4%, Lucke could threaten Merkel's majority in parliament. She at present relies on support from her coalition partner, the liberal Free Democratic Party, which may not be strong enough to enter the Bundestag in the autumn.
Prof. Michael Stürmer, one of Germany's best-known historians and a member of the OMFIF advisory board, says in the daily German newspaper Die Welt today that Lucke is a 'game-spoiler' for Merkel but not a 'game-changer'.
Lucke, a full-time economics professor at the University of Hamburg since 1998, is a clear-thinking, sober-sounding father of five devoid of celebrity appeal. His party apparatus appears populated by down-to-earth German people including a fair share of relatively young women - a combination that may add to grass-roots attraction in a country that has been suspicious of rabble-rousers since the Second World War.
Lucke's academic and political background counters the impression that he represents right-wing radicalism. He was a member of Merkel's CDU for 33 years, initially favoured the euro but changed his mind three years ago with the European bail-out of Greece. He calls for an end to the various rescue packages for euro members, saying the extremely large falls in real wages demanded by austerity is incompatible with democracy and is dividing Europe. He disagrees with Chancellor Merkel's view that 'if the euro fails, Europe will fail' saying that the euro could be phased out without any long-term harm to Europe.
Lucke has an undergraduate degree in economics, history and philosophy from Bonn university, carried out postgraduate studies in economics at Berkeley and has a PhD in applied microeconomics at the Free University of Berlin. Lucke's primary research interests include sovereign default, news-driven business cycles, growth in developing countries, dynamic computable general equilibrium (CGE) models and applied econometrics. In coming months, at least on German TV programmes, he will become a household name.
AfD founder Bernd Lucke, who ..., 27 Jan 2015 [cached]
AfD founder Bernd Lucke, who wants Greece to leave the euro zone, said open debate should make the AfD stronger and united by Sunday's close of the meeting, including a decision on whether to change the rules to pick just one leader by December.
"We have different opinions on the party's direction but we found a compromise and closed ranks," Lucke said, referring to a deal to cut the three-person AfD leadership to two and then to one.
Lucke, an economics professor, quit Merkel's Christian Democrats after 33 years to found the AfD with other frustrated arch conservatives in 2013.
"We all have the same goal of establishing a new party in Germany that's a credible alternative to the old parties," he told delegates.
Lucke has fought a spectacular public battle to demote his two co-leaders, who are popular with the AfD's far-right wing. They called Lucke a "control freak" with a "despot-like style of leadership" while his allies viscerally attacked his naysayers.
"We believe that we're very close ..., 15 July 2013 [cached]
"We believe that we're very close to the 5 percent hurdle," AfD chairman Bernd Lucke said at a press conference in Berlin. Even so, voter awareness that the party exists is "not yet satisfactory," he said.
"The concerns of citizens can clearly be felt," said Lucke, an economics professor at Hamburg University. "This theme will be our main topic on the streets and town squares" as the party gears up for election day, he said.
Italian and Spanish government bonds were little changed today, a sign that investors may be willing to tolerate political unrest in Europe's most-indebted nations. Portuguese 10-year bonds trimmed a three-day decline that was sparked partly by concern the country's government could collapse amid disagreement over austerity.
Southern European countries can't cope with the competitive pressure exerted by the euro and are suffering because they can't devalue the 17-nation single currency, Lucke said May 16 in a Bloomberg Television interview. Countries such as Spain, Greece and Cyprus should quit the common currency to return to economic health, he said.
While short of a comprehensive program, the party has created committees to fill gaps in its platform outside its main area of competence, Lucke said today he said. The AfD will compete in the federal election in all of Germany's 16 states, he said.
The party is also drawing up plans to overhaul Germany's dual health-insurance system, reorganize military procurement and review Germany's foreign military operations outside the North Atlantic Treaty Organization area, Lucke said.
Bernd Lucke (l) is in a ..., 19 May 2015 [cached]
Bernd Lucke (l) is in a conflict with Alexander Gauland (r) for the soul of the AfD.
Party founder and leader Bernd Lucke, along with three close allies, conceded to several German journalists on Tuesday that his party had the potential to develop into an anti-American, Islamophobic German version of the National Front, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.
The extraordinary admission happened in Strasbourg where Lucke and party MEPs Hans-Olaf Henkel, Bernd Kölmel and Joachim Starbatty attempted to clear up confusion about their future in the party.
But in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Lucke assured journalists that setting up Wakeup Call 2015 did not amount to a threat to leave the party, saying the opposite was true. He said he was making a call for moderates to stay in the fold and argued that Wakeup Call 2015 was needed to stop the party from turning into a home for the far right.
"It is an initiative to prevent mass flight from the party," he said.
But the party's success in east Germany also led to the empowerment of a populist right-wing faction which has recently challenged Lucke for control of the party agenda.
Threatening to take on Lucke for the party leadership at the party's June convention, Perty said "the AfD can exist without Mr Lucke in 2015."
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