Robert Schuman Institute
Graduated from teaching college (1965). Taught in primary schools (1965-1974). Senior Adviser in the Ministry of Education Saarland (1983-1985).
Member of Bübingen village council (1967-1974). Member of Saarbrücken city council (1974-1976); Member of the Bundestag (1974-1983 and 1985-1989). Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe(PACE) and of the WEU Assembly (1981-1983 and 1985-1989). Honorary Member of PACE
Member of the European Parliament (EPP Group) 1989-2014. Chairwoman of the Delegation for relations with South-East-Europe 1994-2009, Cordinator EPP Group in Committee on Culture 1992-2009 , its Chairwoman 2009-2014
President EPP Women,
President Robert Schuman Institute- RSI,
Coordinator LUX Price of the European Parliament
Chair-Franco-German Foundation for Cultural Cooperation.
Secretary General DFKR,
President of the Open University association (VHS) Saar.
President of the European children and youth book fair.
Vice-President of the European Movement on the Saar (since 1998);
Federal Order of Merit (1985). Order of Zvonimir (Croatia) (1995). Federal Order of Merit, First Class (1996). French Ordre international de mérite (1996) and Etoile civique en or (2004). Order of the Republic of Albania (2002 and 2015) Austrian Order of Merit (2006). Chevalier de L’ordre national de la Légion d’honneur française (Knight of the French Legion of Honour, 2012) National Award of Romania (2012) Honorary doctorate University of Zadar, Croatia (2007) University of Prishtina, Kosovo (2009), Jean Monnet Award (2011)Honorary Citizen of Kukes and Shengjin (Albania) and Vitia( Kosovo) and HercegNovi (Montenegro)