The German parliament, the Bundestag, will soon vote on a bill that the majority of the coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals promised as an important project during their election campaign: It should be made much easier for trans persons to change their gender entry in official documents.
Wolfgang Stock, CNE.news
Wolfgang Stock was born in 1959 in Hanover, West Germany, as the child of refugees from the Eastern GDR. He studied history and international politics in Würzburg and Oxford, where he also received his doctorate. He is a board member of the German Evangelical Alliance. He worked as a journalist for many years, wrote several political books, including the first biography of Angela Merkel in 2000. He lives in Karlsruhe with his wife. They have five grown-up children and four grandchildren.
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