Opposition warns of the consequences of a mega Bundestag

Constituent session of the Bundestag on October 24.10.2017, XNUMX, via dts
Constituent session of the Bundestag on October 24.10.2017, XNUMX, via dts
The four opposition groups warn of the consequences of an even larger Bundestag if the parliament does not agree on a reform of the electoral law in time.

"If we do not adopt a reform of the electoral law this week, there is a risk of an XXL Bundestag, which with at least 800 members of parliament will hardly be able to work, but will be expensive," said the first parliamentary director of the FDP parliamentary group, Marco Buschmann, to the "Welt". "We are already reaching capacity limits from the premises to the agenda and time for debate."

The parliamentary director of the AfD parliamentary group, Bernd Baumann, also criticized potential additional costs. "The Bundestag administration will have to hire more staff to process parliamentary initiatives," warned Baumann. Because the number of parliamentary initiatives had already increased significantly in the past legislative period. "The inflation of the Bundestag cannot be conveyed to taxpayers."

The legal clerk of the Left Group, Friedrich Straetmanns, also expects the parliament to become more sedate: “There will be a space problem and a delay in parliamentary processes. The more people have a say, the more the treatment of a topic is delayed. ” The first parliamentary manager of the Greens faction, Britta Haßelmann, criticized the proposal of Union fraction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) for a temporary solution. "Nobody understands what a reform, as a so-called 'emergency mechanism', which is limited to 750 MPs, should be," she said.

"That would be 41 more MPs than are currently in the Bundestag, and 152 MPs above the current target size of the Bundestag, as it is today in the electoral law."

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