Hermann Tertsch

Hermann Tertsch
Co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists
Head of the Vox Delegation to the European Parliament
Assumed office
Serving alongsideRyszard Legutko
Jorge Buxadé
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Personal details
Born (1958-04-09) 9 April 1958 (age 65)
Madrid, Spain
Political partyPCE-EPK (formerly)
Vox (currently)
Parent(s)Ekkehard Tertsch
Felisa Maria de Iciar del Valle Lersundi y del Valle
OccupationJournalist, opinion writer, TV host, politician, correspondent

Hermann Leopold Tertsch del Valle-Lersundi (born 9 April 1958) is a Spanish journalist, lawyer and politician. He has been a member of the European Parliament for the Vox party since 2019, integrated within the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).


Tertsch was born in Madrid on 9 April 1958, the son of Ekkehard Tertsch (1906–1989), an Austrian-German diplomat and journalist who was a close collaborator of Josef Hans Lazar [es], also an Austrian diplomat and journalist and the chief Nazi propagandist in Spain during World War II. Through his mother Felisa del Valle-Lersundi he is a cousin of Loyola de Palacio and Ana de Palacio. He was a member of the Communist Party of the Basque Country in his youth.

Based in Vienna, Tertsch became a correspondent for the Agencia EFE in 1982, covering Central and Eastern Europe. Soon after, in 1983, he began to work for the newspaper El País as correspondent to Bonn. He chronicled the Yugoslav Wars, featuring a marked anti-Serbian point of view. He became a regular columnist and served for a time as the newspaper's op-ed editor. During the years he became a regular radio guest for the Cadena SER, Radio Nacional de España and Onda Cero.

He left El País in 2007, becoming a political opinion writer for the conservative newspaper ABC soon after. He was also hired by Telemadrid, and became the host of the early-morning Diario de la noche [es] in 2008, replacing Fernando Sánchez Dragó. After some weeks of convalescence, as he suffered wounds in what the policial investigation termed as a "bar fight" in a piano-bar in Madrid (the Toni 2) in December 2009, he left the role of host.

In April 2019, Tertsch announced his intention to run for the 2019 European Parliament election in Spain with the Vox party. As the party won 3 seats in the election, he was elected MEP. He joined the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), as well as the Delegation to the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee (D-MX) and the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (DLAT), serving as vice-chair in the later body.

After the announcement of the prospective government formation in Spain under Pedro Sánchez in January 2020 after the November 2019 general election, Terstch, just returned from Bolivia, asked for a military coup in the country to abort what he framed as an "obvious putschist process seeking the demolition of Spain as a nation".

He is a signer of the Madrid Charter, joining an alliance of right-wing and far-right individuals organized by Vox.


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