MEP a. D.
|Leader of Greens–European Free Alliance in the European Parliament|
20 July 2004 – 1 July 2014
Serving with Rebecca Harms
|Preceded by||Paul Lannoye|
|Succeeded by||Philippe Lamberts|
|Member of the European Parliament |
(France; 1999–2004; 2009–2014)
19 July 1994 – 1 July 2014
|Preceded by||multi-member district|
|Succeeded by||multi-member district|
Daniel Marc Cohn-Bendit
4 April 1945
Montauban, Occitania, France
|Political party||Alliance 90/The Greens (1984–)|
Europe Écologie–The Greens (2010–)
|Les Verts (1984–2010)|
|Alma mater||Paris-Sud University (no degree)|
Paris Nanterre University (no degree)
Daniel Marc Cohn-Bendit (French pronunciation: [danjɛl maʁk kɔn bɛndit]; German: [koːn ˈbɛndɪt]; born 4 April 1945) is a French-German politician. He was a student leader during the unrest of May 1968 in France and was also known during that time as Dany le Rouge (French for "Danny the Red", because of both his politics and the colour of his hair). He was co-president of the group European Greens–European Free Alliance in the European Parliament. He co-chairs the Spinelli Group, a European parliament inter-group aiming at relaunching the federalist project in Europe. He was a recipient of the European Parliament's European Initiative Prize in 2016. Cohn-Bendit's 1970s writings on sexuality between adults and children later proved controversial in 2001 and 2013.
He is the co-author, with his brother Gabriel Cohn-Bendit, of Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative (Linksradikalismus: Gewaltkur gegen die Alterskrankheit des Kommunismus, 1968). This book combines an account of the events of May 1968 with a critique of Stalinism, the French Communist Party and the trade union establishment. The authors acknowledged their intellectual debt to the libertarian socialist group Socialisme ou Barbarie, especially Cornelius Castoriadis ("Pierre Chaulieu") and Claude Lefort.
In 2001, it was revealed that Cohn-Bendit had authored a 1976 article in the cultural-political magazine das da, in which he graphically described engaging in sexual activities with children under his care at a Frankfurt kindergarten. Decades later, Cohn-Bendit claimed the described activities were not based on true events and were an "obnoxious provocation".