Outside Income

Last updated on 20/03/2024.

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VG Wort

In 2020, I received €3,338.39 from VG Wort for TV appearances in Germany and Switzerland, all of which took place before my election to the European Parliament. In 2021, I have received an additional €1,470.84 in residual payments for repeat broadcasts.

Calendar of Failure 1

I continue to receive royalties from the Calendar of Failure 1, published in 2018. This has amounted to:

Other things worth mentioning:

Calendar of Failure 2

Royalties are sent directly from the editor to Sea-Watch. I receive no share of the money made from sales of the calendar.


The money raised from the sale of merchandise (whose production I personally financed) were first transferred to my account and then passed on in full to the organisation supported by the respective fundraising campaign. You can find the exact figures here.

"Side jobs"

I don’t have any. Members of the European Parliament definitely don’t need to earn any extra money to make it to the end of the month. We are being showered with cash, and technically speaking, we don't even have to do anything for it (even though most of them are very hard-working, I think). Anyone who takes their mandate seriously shouldn’t have time for another job. And if you are making money from your "side gig" as a consultant or lawyer, you are automatically in a conflict of interest. Who are you working for? Your voters or your client? In other words: this is a case of corruption.