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Questions tagged [germany]

Questions about Federal Republic of Germany politics and policy.

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Who funds the Global Public Policy Initiative?

There's this Berlin-based think tank called the Global Public Policy Initiative (GPPI). Their website says they are an "independent" institute, which in layman's terms means they're trying to ...
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How are leveling seats chosen in Germany's Bundestag chosen?

In Germany's Bundestag half the MPs are elected by First Past The Post and the other half are elected from party lists. Before an election parties submit regional lists in every state. The lists are ...
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What is the most effective way to participate democratically as a regular citizen in a stable parliamentary democracy? [closed]

I live in Germany as a regular citizen. That means, i am not an political activist (at the moment) or otherwise involved in political processes. In my opinion, the German politicians are going in the ...
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Why did the renaming process of the Karl-Marx-Allee street in Berlin back to its prewar name fail?

As one living in a ex-communist state, I remember that after the fall of the Iron Curtain many things that sounded communist related were renamed (e.g. streets, parks, plazas). From Wikipedia we ...
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Why do some German MPs hold cards up whenever there is a vote in the Bundestag?

You can see here for example https://youtu.be/mKn4Pi3qXjU?t=3594 that members of the Bundestag holding cards up during a vote on a bill. Is this a special kind of voting? How does it work?
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Why is Germany not in the New Hanseatic League?

The Bad Weather Coalition, more formally known as the New Hanseatic League, is a group of EU member states Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, which are all “...
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How does the German Bundestag election system work?

Can someone describe for me if this election system is a majoritarian system or a system of proportional representation? And how does it work?
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Is there a “nuclear option” regarding the election of a constitutional judge in Germany?

In Germany, the parliament has just agreed on a successor for one of the judges of the constitutional court. The candidate has to be elected in parliament with 2/3 of the votes as well as the majority ...
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UN criticises Germany on the grounds of basic human rights, what follows?

The latest report from United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner more or less confirms what critics of the German laws, regulations and practices claim for some years now. Critics ...
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What is the point of unlimited terms?

Terms limit is defined by Wikipedia as: A legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office In many countries, the prime ministers are only ...
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Are refugees granted asylum in Germany afforded any rights of citizenship?

Are refugees granted asylum in Germany afforded any rights of citizenship? I understand the citizenship process for Germany takes around eight years. Do they have any rights to travel within the EU ...
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Why did Germany veto an expanded customs union between the EU and Turkey?

From Are relations between Turkey and Germany getting back to normal? Mr Erdogan will arrive in Germany with a long wish-list. He would like to see Germany lift its veto on an expanded customs ...
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Are there any refugees fleeing from Germany?

Refugees coming to Germany is a well known fact. But then, are there currently any German refugees leaving Germany and if yes, for what reasons?
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Why are budget categories often in relation to GDP?

I've just watched "tagesschau" (the most important German news) and saw this: BIP = GDP. It is showing the planned defense budget of Germany. Why are budget categories compared to GDP? Why are they ...
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When and how were the current US and EU tariffs on cars decided?

Trump said in a recent speech in West Virginia that he didn't like the "deal" the US has with the EU on cars. But as far as I know, there's no (separate) US-EU trade agreement on this, except ...
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Did Germany profit from the (third) Greek bailout?

From an article published in June 2018 on thelocal.de: Berlin has been one of the main lenders to Greece during its debt crisis. While conservative parties warned that supporting Greece would come ...
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What's the German or EU view on the definition of currency manipulation?

The US has a statutory definition of currency manipulation; while some US economists don't quite agree with the legal definition, nevertheless the topic is fairly widely discussed in the US in ...
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Did (other) officials from EU countries condemn Trump's tariffs on Turkey?

Assuming this is not fake news: Germany's minister for economic affairs and energy on Sunday lashed out U.S. President Donald Trump over his trade row with Turkey, while accusing him of dictating ...
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What was the reaction of the AfD to the NSU murders?

The NSU was a Nazi terrorist organization in Germany which murdered 10 people in the early 2000s. The case was prominently discussed in Germany not only because of the murders, but also because of ...
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How do you explain the change in population ratio of Germany vs. Switzerland since 1945?

When you read newspapers nowadays, you'd get the opinion that the economy in Germany is doing "great". However, when I plot the population development in Germany vs. Switzerland, I get a very ...
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Why does the U.S. oppose the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?

Why does the U.S. oppose the €9.5 billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?
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Why did Germany and Sweden decide to accept Syrian refugees?

As of 2018, Why did the governments of Germany and Sweden decide to receive refugees from Syria? Were there any strategic/tactical political/economic factors involved?
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Is it normal for the German government to only release a partial name?

The name of the dead suspect for the Münster attack is “Jens R.”, according to ZDF. Is it normal for the German government to only release a partial name for a crime as serious as this? (Assuming ...
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Consequences of the Federal Republic of Germany being declared illegal? [closed]

There is a recent question on Skeptics SE concerning the peace treaty between Germany and the allied powers, the validity of the German constitution, and consequently the existence of the Federal ...
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In the Weimar Republic what was the role of the people sitting on the left side of the speaker?

I know that in the Weimar republic the chancellor and other ministers of government sit in front of the members of parliament on the right side of the speaker but was the role of the people who sit to ...
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In 2013 did an SPD delegate conference vote on a proposed “grand coalition” in Germany, and if so what proportions of delegates voted for and against?

In 2018, the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has proposed a coalition government with the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU), known as a "grand coalition"...
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Power structure of French vs. German federalism [closed]

While Germany is a federation of states, France has chosen to devolve some of the power to its regional governments. How has this affected the development of these countries? Has one system fared ...
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Can foreigners be members in German parties and fully participate in them?

The Bild recently argued against political participation by foreigners in the German party SPD. It seems that one doesn't need to be a German citizen to be a member of the SPD and take part in party ...
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CDU delegates will vote on German coalition proposal; SPD members have started voting; will there be a vote in the CSU too?

A proposal has been made by the leaderships of three German political parties, the CDU (Christian Democratic Union), SPD (Social Democratic Party), and CSU (Christian Social Union - the CDU's sister ...
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What do paternity test restriction laws aim to achieve?

I recently learned that genetic paternity tests are being restricted or even banned in Germany and France (and perhaps in other countries as well). In Germany the law requires consent from both ...
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Why is the German GEZ a fee and not a tax?

In Germany, every household has to pay "Rundfunkbeitrag" (often called GEZ). It is 17,50 Euro per month, which is used to finance public broadcasting. Normally, I would expect public institutions to ...
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Why was the Germany's “Left Party” the only one to abstain from voting to create anti-Semitism commissioner?

According to reports in various media, Germany recently held a near-unanimous vote to create a post of anti-Semitism commissioner. While I'm aware of criticism of the post (mostly, for being a token ...
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How does legalized prostitution affect human trafficking, if at all?

When reading up on prostitution in places like Nevada, Greece, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, et cetera; one reoccurring theme I keep see popping up is that Human Trafficking seems to become a ...
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What is the procedure if the German post-election negotiations fail again?

It has been a month or so since the German elections. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s talks with other parties were inconclusive. According to The Guardian, talks are to be held next year. What is the ...
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Why do we need static coalitions?

By the German constitution, every member of parliament has to adhere to their conscience only. In reality, the parties on the parliament usually vote unanimously for some bill. The parties that are ...
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How to participate in politics? [closed]

I have never participated in politics (apart from voting) and am not looking to make a career in politics. However there are a few issues where I feel like I could and should make a contribution ...
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Why is the new German parliament 12 % bigger?

Before the German federal election in September 2017, the parliament (Bundestag) had 631 members; now it has 709 . How did this come about? Does it matter, or is it a second-order effect? See also: ...
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How are people in Germany educated about crimes of the Wehrmacht?

The AfD gained seats in the parliament, even though the chairman was saying he is proud of Wehrmacht achievements. That raises the question, are people in Germany properly educated about WWII and the ...
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In Bundestag election, can a party abuse the system by endorsing independents in constituency (first vote) races?

In its federal election, Germany uses mixed-member proportional representation, where a voter makes two votes: one picks a particular candidate in local constituency, second for a party. In short, a ...
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Why is the FDP seen by some as a risk for the EU?

I am reading some (opinion) pieces (another one, from here) (and fragments on twitter, eg one, two) from economists that expect the Freie Demokratische Partei's (FDP) policies to be a risk for the ...
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Why is a sympathizer of a party the party itself

In German Federal elections (my country) there is a radical left-wing party called MLPD (Marxists Leninists Party of Germany). They choose to not stand for election alone, they have joined a league of ...
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Germany's reaction to the latest US sanction on Russia

On 27 July 2017, The US Senate has passed a bill to slap new sanctions on Russia. Germany was a strong critic of this sanction from the beginning. Germany even threatened retaliation. As this link ...
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Is Austria breaking State Treaty?

Austrian State Treaty from 1955: Article 4 PROHIBITION OF ANSCHLUSS The Allied and Associated Powers declare that political or economic union between Austria and Germany is prohibited. Austria ...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to change laws applied to wireless hot spots?

According to this article (2014) wireless networks in Germany were way less than in other European countries. Compared to many other countries, Germany is little more than a patchwork when it ...
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What’s the point of a party running with a list in the federal election if it cannot possibly pass the electoral threshold?

This question is about the German federal election. Through a series of weird events, I learnt about the existence of a minor party called Magdeburger Gartenpartei, which apparently focusses only on ...
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What is the immigration policy among different German parties?

With the election coming next month, the immigration policy should be one of the primary issues on the election. I know AfD strictly opposes to the immigration, while Merkel's CDU generally support ...
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Are UK, the Netherlands and Germany considering pension fund reformation after stress tests of pension funds results?

According to this article, pension funds in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany face an “existential threat” because of their precarious financial positions: Sven Giegold, a member of the European ...
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Why are the G20 summit protests in Hamburg so violent?

Compared to other G20 summits in the past the protests in Hamburg, Germany seem quite violent to me. There were similar occassions of violent protests, such as at the 27th G8 (2001) at Genua, at the ...
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What are education requirements for government positions in Germany?

Martin Schultz left high school without diploma after failing 11th grade twice, however many people consider him for chancellor office. Is it possible to have any nonelected position in the executive ...
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Why does Germany seem to not favor EU energetic independence (from Russia)?

Following US newest sanctions towards Russia, Germany reacted against this new wave of sanctions: Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia ...