10 Jan. 2022 21:46 Uhr
The Greens intend to implement the electoral reform planned by the Ampel-Coalition for this year, if necessary against the resistance of the CSU. Britta Haßelmann, the leader of the Greens parliamentary group, announced this.
In order to prevent the increase in the number of members of the Bundestag, the parliamentary group leader of the Greens Britta Haßelmann insists on implementing the electoral reform planned for this year without the support of the CSU. Admittedly, electoral law reforms should be passed in consensus with all “democratic parties”, but if necessary they could be dispensed with, said Haßelmann. Literally she said:
“We will approach the others. But if it turns out that the CSU, as in the last eight years, obstructs every possibility, then you have to do it without them if necessary.”
The Green group leader stressed that it could not be that “a small regional party has blocked every sensible proposal for a necessary reform of the electoral law for years”. Hasselmann said the time pressure was great. In the past two legislative periods, a reform had been discussed for three years, “until either no or only a very poor agreement was reached shortly before the next federal election”:
“We therefore want to initiate a real reform in the first year. The aim is to significantly reduce the size and to approach the target size of 598.”
In their coalition agreement, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP agreed to revise the electoral law within the first year “in order to prevent the Bundestag from growing in the long term”.
The target size of the parliament is currently 598 members. However, this is increased by the fact that a party that wins more direct mandates than it is entitled to after the second vote result is allowed to keep these seats. The CSU is the main beneficiary of this, as the party usually gets a lot of direct mandates in Bavaria. The other parties receive compensation mandates for this, which leads to a further increase. In the most recent election, the number of MPs rose from 709 to 736. The Bundestag has never been larger.
In the last legislative period, the Greens, FDP and Left had submitted a joint draft law for a reform, but were unable to enforce it. The Union and the SPD then only agreed on a mini-reform with very limited effects.
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(rt / dpa)