Timelines: 1980-2002-EN

Born in Bad Mergentheim, a spa resort in southern Germany, in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg; son of Roland Veith, high school teacher, and Edith Veith, director of the Department of Health of the provincial administration of Tauberbischofsheim; one sister, Nicola (* 1984), press spokesman of a German university, and one brother, Christian (* 1988), high school teacher