European penetration: chancellor against folk decision

According to the green, FDP, PDS and the Bavarian Minister Prosident Stoiber, the SPD lawyers now demand a folk decision on the art for the art.

The yesterday explained the Federal Chairman of the Association of Social Democratic Jurists (ASJ) DR. Klaus Hahnzog, Chairman of the Committee for Catching, Legal and Parliamentary Questions of the Bavarian Landtag:

In the context of the further steps for the EU-commands developed by the European Congress Convention, the question of folk decision at federal level in Germany has become up-to-date in other parties. The parliamentary groups of RED / GRUN should have their bill from 13 as soon as possible. Marz 2002 to introduce the introduction of popular initiative, referendum and referendum to the Basic Law. Immediate democracy has preserved in the German countries and municipalities. It is considered as the order of the parliamentary-representative system.

Previously, the FDP had introduced a corresponding request in the Bundestag and also the – Bavarian Minister Prosident Edmund Stoiber, in the state election campaign, spoke out for a folk decision. This prompted the PDS Bundestag MEP Petra Pau to a call to the participation points:

Now the demand for more democracy has reached the CDU / CSU. The PDS has been planning for a long time for referendums at the federal level. SPD and Grune promised it. The FDP has applied for a youngest. A corresponding legislative initiative of the PDS has been the Bundestag since the previous electoral period. Answer is a two-thirds majority in the Bundestag, as the Basic Law has to be reformed. Suppose, SPD, Grune, FDP and PDS vote 100 percent with yes. Then, among the 248 CDU / CSU MEPs only 47 liberal had to find minded, which also agree. If even Edmund Stoiber can jump over his long shadows, then further Christian Democrats should take their shy away from people in front of people.

But so far came from the SPD predominantly rejection against a burger survey. So also by the Chancellor and SPD chairman. Gerhard Schroder im "Report from Berlin":

I do not think there. I believe that we first have to be amed how our longitudinal situation is. And that does not show such decisions. And before we have made a change in the Basic Law, which has been discussed again and again and again, will be spat. I find this discussion quite interesting. But I think we should now decide on this question in the bodies, which are provided for from the applicable catch. Whether in the process that is now running, that you can use what you call plebiscitar elements, so more direct influence of the people can expand on political decisions, though in principle I query, that will be part of a debate with us his need to be imminent to us.


The Chancellor contains that in connection with the EU-termination a basic language, imminent. This results from a Telepolis newsletter of the SPD Group Chairman Franz Muntefering.. In fact, in the to the Chairman of the other Bundestag fractions – but largely unknown – writing from the 8th faction. July 2003:

Our Basic Law has often preserved in the future and will be the basis and guideline in the future for our democratic and social constitutional state. Nevertheless, the modernization of our community also requires thinking about the modernization of federal order…(…) The goal must be clearer than previously the responsibilities of the federal government and countries..(…) It is also important how the further development of the European Union affects federal order in our country…(…) I propose you named DE SPD parliamentary group, in the fall of this year, to use a commissioning commission for the modernization of the Federal State Order. Such a commission could be based on the model of the Joint Council of the Bundestag and Federal Council at the beginning of the 1990s.

If the Basic Law has to be changed anyway, why not before the adoption of the EU-Final. Concerns, the population could "alienation" Arguments, for example, from Arger to the health care reform, reject the EU force, the SPD lawyers also counter:

The hurden of the bill are fair, but at the same time not for each particular interest rating (necessary, for example, in case of catching questions, a stake of 40 percent and a 2/3 majority of the voting). Therefore, the fear of a folk decision is unfounded Uber the Artical EU Environment. One of the main grounds for this purpose is to create more transparency and strong commitment of the burger for Europe for Europe. For this purpose, a folk decision in Germany with the previous discussion phase is an important means. The EU injection itself also provides for a first step in immediate democracy with the burger requests. It was absurd if in the chain of political levels municipalities, Lander, Bund, Europe direct democracy excluded only at the federal level excluded.

Numerous burger rights organizations also ask the question why Germany in terms of democracy should be shot light in Europe again. Because even if Giscard d’Estaing at the official transfer of the EU commitment to RATPRASIDENT Berlusconi therefore no longer to change the text, he must be appreciated by the heads of government and national parliaments, even by the population of several EU member countries.

Actually, all of them should vote, finds a broad popular movement in this country especially from the club "More democracy e.V." be caught. Funf Lander have already set a referendum with France, Spain, Portugal, Danemark and Ireland. And the people of the Luxembourger will now be questioned. The European farm "More democracy and democracy international" Comes in his study "People’s decision on the EU’s Council" To the result:

In all 25 member and accession cours, a referendum or at least one referendum is possible with a corresponding political will.

In 17 of the 25 member and accession countries, the persistent folk decision presents. Six more countries already passed plebiscites without a strand basis. Only in Germany and the Netherlands it lacks both: the legal requirements and political practice. In addition to the FUF already set countries, according to the study, there are good opportunities for a referendum in Italy and Austria. In the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland, the debate is still open. Only in Sweden, Greece and the Greece Britain, a NO sign up for the referendum.

"But even in these countries the tur is still open. The more states opt for a referendum, the gross prere on the skeptical governments", So Efler, speaker of "More democracy e.V.".

Unclear is the political situation in the 10 candidate policies. There is currently the debate on the EU accession in the foreground. But the positive experiences with the youngest referendists increase the opportunities for a catching decision after the study. The Bundestag is a proposal for a constitutional change, which should also be measured in Germany a long-term referendum. "The initiative of the FDP comes at the right time. Coalition and CDU must seek color now", demanded Effer.

According to the youngest Eurobarometer, 62 percent of Germans involve the EU’s penalty. However, the burgers know little about the content. A broad debate, which in a folk decision Mundet, goods a possible way to anchor the new penalty also in the German population wide.

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