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The CSU immediately spoke out against this.

"At the moment we are not in a situation where we have already made a specific decision in the Presidium", said Kramp-Karrenbauer on Saturday after the meeting of the CDU leadership in Hamburg. She said everyone agreed that the Bundestag had to be downsized. The CDU had to approach the question of direct mandates very carefully because the directly elected MPs had a particularly close relationship with the citizens. "For us, it is important that we ensure in the future that we in Germany are equally represented by MPs." For more than an hour on Saturday morning, the CDU presidium dealt almost exclusively with the issue of electoral reform, as it was called on the sidelines of the exam in Hamburg.

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The parliamentary director of the CSU regional group in the Bundestag, Stefan Müller, said: "A reduction in the number of constituencies does not prevent the Bundestag from expanding further." The number of constituencies has not changed since 2002, but the Bundestag has grown significantly during this time. "This shows that the constituencies are not the problem", said Müller of the German Press Agency in Berlin. The CSU wants a maximum of 650 seats while maintaining the number of constituencies.

Due to numerous overhang and compensatory mandates, Parliament had grown to the record size of 709 members in the most recent election. The federal electoral law actually provides for a number of 598 members. The parties have long been fighting for reform. The biggest point of contention is the number of constituencies and thus the number of direct mandates. Above all, the CSU, which has a particularly large number of direct mandates in the Bundestag, strictly refuses to reduce the number of constituencies. So far, there has also been considerable skepticism about such a step in various CDU state associations. Time is of the essence because preparations for the next federal election, which will take place regularly in autumn 2021, will start in just a few weeks.

Overhang seats arise when a party in a federal state directly wins more constituencies than it is entitled to in terms of seats after the second vote result. In 2012, however, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that there could be a maximum of 15 overhang seats without compensation for the other parties. In the following year, the Bundestag therefore passed a new electoral law that provides for a compensation for all overhang seats.

For the SPD, the First Parliamentary Managing Director, Carsten Schneider, said that his parliamentary group saw opportunities for an agreement in the next few weeks. He emphasized: "Even after the reform, the vote after the second vote must be reflected in the distribution of seats in the Bundestag. It is crucial."

Greens and leftists called on the Union to be willing to compromise. "Now the CDU is showing the beginning of considerations to get involved in a necessary reduction of electoral districts, since the sister party CSU collects the proposal by return mail", criticized the First Parliamentary Managing Director of the Greens, Britta Haßelmann. This "constant blocking and doing nothing" do not do justice to the seriousness of the situation. "The coalition must finally move now." Left parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch said: "The Union must finally come up with something concrete and stop talking abstractly and delaying it as it has for years." The left, the Greens and the FDP had presented specific proposals and signaled a willingness to compromise.

The parliamentary manager of the FDP parliamentary group, Stefan Ruppert, emphasized that no party should hope to gain an advantage from the reform. "All must shrink proportionally according to their current strength.community essay examples Mandates will continue to be given by the voters and not by the legislature."

The AfD spoke with a view to the rumored CDU considerations of actionism. "This is an impassable path that does not solve the problem", said the parliamentary commissioner for the electoral reform, Albrecht Glaser, of the dpa. "Reform is necessary, but a solution must be consensual and not hasty."

Last April, efforts by Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) for reform failed. He did not get a majority for his proposal to reduce the number of constituencies from the current 299 to 270 and not to compensate for up to 15 overhang seats with compensatory seats.

Berlin (AP) – AfD chairman Jörg Meuthen wants to swear his party colleagues to a new style without roaring and blatant rhetoric this year – also with a view to the protection of the constitution.

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"We have to become capable and willing to govern, that is only possible with a bourgeois-conservative, liberal profile, and that cannot be done with radicalization"said the party leader in an interview with the German press agency. For the AfD it must be in the direction of 2020 "reform-oriented bourgeoisie" go and not like recently at a demonstration directed against public broadcasting in Baden-Baden "Towards a revolution or something similar".

Co-chairman Tino Chrupalla recently announced that 2020 would become the AfD "Year of self-discovery" will. The Bundestag member was elected in December to succeed Alexander Gauland at the head of the party – also with the support of the right-wing nationalist "Wing" around the Thuringian AfD state chairman Björn Höcke.

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The reason for the protest rally in front of the SWR building in Baden-Baden last weekend was the debate about a WDR satire in which a fictional grandma as "Environmental sow" was designated. During the demonstration, the Freiburg AfD city council Dubravko Mandic called: "We’ll drive them out of their editorial offices!" He continued on the podium: "Even the slightest hint of a revolution terrifies them." The Stuttgart AfD member of the state parliament Stefan Räpple, against whom a party exclusion procedure is ongoing, called out: "Who knows how long we can continue our democratic culture here."

When asked what bothered him the most about this demonstration, Meuthen replied: "the martial appearance of a Mr. Mandic and this roar "Lying press, lying press". The criticism of the financing of public service broadcasting and also the demands for its abolition certainly belonged to the positions of the AfD. "But the question is: how do you do it? And the way that happened in Baden-Baden is deeply terrifying", says Meuthen, who is a member of the Baden-Württemberg AfD regional association. The MEP explains: "It’s just a style that we have to find out, it doesn’t belong to this party."

The federal board of the AfD decided on Friday to take the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution to court. She wants to achieve the right national "wing" and the youth organization Junge Alternative are no longer classified as suspected right-wing extremism cases by the security authorities. In the same board meeting, the Baden-Württemberg state chairman Dirk Spaniel had to justify his participation in the demonstration in Baden-Baden. He may face a ban on office.

The top AfD officials are not just concerned with protecting their image and not deterring potential voters. AfD politicians, who count themselves among the moderate currents in the party, are also worried that conservative members and civil servants could resign from the party if the AfD were increasingly the focus of the protection of the constitution. They also fear that it will reinforce people who have no career and no "bourgeois existence" have to risk – internally "the sweatpants" called – could occur.

From this point of view, too, the demonstration in Baden-Baden was harmful, Meuthen believes. He says: "If you want to open the door to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, then as happened in Baden-Baden – that is a marginal aspect of the whole story." Party members who used such language either gave no thought to this aspect "or they accept it approvingly." For him it is clear in any case: "That can’t be AfD-speaking style."

After the AfD party conference in Braunschweig in December, member of the Bundestag Lars Herrmann resigned from the AfD. Before he moved into the Bundestag, he had worked as a federal police officer.

Berlin (dpa) – The power center of the Greens is a construction site. In the literal sense of the word. In the Berlin party headquarters, walls are being torn out, entire floors are being redesigned to make the 1,500 square meters fit for the election campaign – dust and chaos are part of it.

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The personal power center, on the other hand, is currently very organized and relaxed. Candidate for Chancellor? Let’s decide when we think it’s right, say party leaders Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock. Do you prefer to govern with the Union or rather with the SPD and the Left? Except with the AfD, anything is possible, they say, we compete independently. And they emphasize theirs again and again "Claim to leadership for this country".

Nothing has changed about these statements, which have been the same for weeks, since the SPD leader lifted Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the chancellor candidate sign and at the same time suggested a left alliance with the Greens and the Left. On the day of Scholz’s nomination, Habeck said he would believe it "in no way for any hint" for his party.

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The Green strategists emphasize that they have been doing very well with the course of independence for quite a while. They rule in eleven federal states in colorful combinations with CDU, SPD and FDP, but also three times with the SPD and the Left. In short: pretty much in any combination except with the AfD.

Habeck is happy to explain that this is also the case from a democratic perspective. The days of the camp election campaign are over. Democrats should be able to form alliances with one another, "Exclusionitis" lead to blockades or broken words in times of a strong AfD. Even the Union and the left should be able to talk to one another.

Not only since the chaos after the election in Thuringia, some in the CDU see it that way, for example Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Daniel Günther – others immediately started one in the past few days "Red sock campaign" and warned that those who bet on the SPD and the Greens would get the left after the federal election in autumn 2021.

That could still be a problem for the Greens. You don’t want a camp election campaign – but what if the others wage it anyway? Then they could be crushed between the Union and the SPD because the voters, depending on their inclination, want to prevent another CDU chancellor or a left-wing alliance. And how convincing is it not to even firmly promise that in the case of a green-red-red majority one would definitely want to appoint the first green chancellor – or the first green female chancellor – in German history?

Of all people, Olaf Scholz, who has similar interests, could help. After his nomination, he quickly expressed himself skeptical about the Left Party. After all, he wants and has to win Merkel voters who will reconsider after the Chancellor’s departure. This is exactly what Baerbock and Habeck have been working towards since they were at the helm of the Greens. Rhetorically by getting yourself and the party too "Protection of the Constitution" explain, speak of home, quote the national anthem. But also in terms of content, in that, in addition to protecting the environment and the climate, they also work on their economic and foreign policy profile.

The main opponent in the Greens’ election campaign is supposed to be the Union – not the SPD, which in the latest polls now and again ends up in front of the Greens. They do not want to cede first place to the Union without a fight, whose strong polls, so the hope of the Greens and SPD, could be due to Corona and Merkel and not last.

And then there is the K question, which for the Greens means: Habeck or Baerbock – or is it none? It can be assumed that the two will agree this between themselves and that their decision will be accepted by the party. Even if some are for the nationally better known and more popular Habeck, others consider Baerbock to be more suitable or warn, at least the Greens would have to send a woman in the very first row.

Either way, as long as the Union has no candidate, it should be quite easy for the Greens to withstand the pressure and wait with a decision. They want to be the last to decide and thus also prevent embarrassment if their poll numbers should slip in the spring. After all, that is not ruled out. If the re-election of the only Green Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann in Baden-Württemberg in March were to fail, the entry into the Bundestag election campaign would be a mess.

On June 19, Ann-Kathrin and Mario Götze had said yes on Mallorca. Little by little, the bridal couple gives more and more insights into the dream wedding on the sunny Spanish island.

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Last year, Ann-Kathrin and Mario Götze wanted to swear eternal loyalty to each other in a larger setting after the civil ceremony. But at that time details about the wedding had become public. The couple then canceled the celebration.

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Now, a year later, everything went fine. Except for the guests, nobody knew where and especially when the athlete and the model would get married again. But as secret as the wedding ceremony was, they are now reviewing the beautiful moments in public.

Ann-Kathrin and Mario Götze provide insights into the dream wedding on Instagram. Both have shared a romantic video with their fans in which not only the location and the decoration can be seen, but also pictures showing the bride and groom and the guests.

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