The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Green Party intend to allow voting in Bundestag elections from the age of 16, Focus reported on Saturday, March 18.
The new initiative to amend the electoral law of Germany was announced following the decision of the Bundestag to reduce the number of parliamentarians who will be elected to the representative body in the next federal elections.
Like the already approved amendment, the intention to allow citizens aged 16 to 18 to vote is in the interests of the ruling coalition parties, at least in the ambitions of the SPD and the Greens to retain power at any cost.
In addition to giving teenagers the right to vote, the new initiative also aims to increase the number of women deputies in the Bundestag. This was stated during a heated debate by the co-chair of the “green” faction Britta Hasselman.
“After the reform of the electoral legislation – parity, dear women. Here’s what we’re going to do next.” – she said.
Later, a similar thesis was repeated by a representative of the left wing of the SPD, MP Leni Brimeyer. As the campaigner for gender equality stressed, she is “furious” that the current electoral reform is not aimed at equality.
“If there are more women in parliament, then a different policy will be pursued,” Brimeyer said.
Following this, she repeated the essence of the joint initiative of the SPD and the Greens. It lies in the fact that in April the election commission should make a proposal to reduce the minimum age for voting to 16 years and on parity between men and women in the Bundestag.
“If this does not happen, I will advocate for a cross-party initiative to pass an equality law,” – summed up the deputy
Representatives of the fair sex and the left political flank volunteered to resist the deputy from the “Alternative for Germany” Albrecht Glaser He is a conservative and a lawyer by training.
He noted that the parties of the ruling coalition are engaged in “infantilization of the electoral right”, which, at the same time, contradicts the Basic Law of Germany and the decisions of the constitutional courts.
The MP also listed the countries where minors are allowed to vote: Cuba, Nicaragua, Sudan and North Korea.
“Citizens in a state cannot be divided on any basis, in this context it cannot be argued that there are women and men, old and young, smart and less smart. No one has the right to group citizens on the basis of any identity,” Glaser continued.
As Focus notes, a similar point of view was previously repeatedly expressed by the chairman of the Bundestag of the previous convocation, Christian Democrat Wolfgang Schäuble. As the distinguished politician noted, the concept of parity based on gender violates the idea of representation, according to which each member of the Bundestag represents “the whole people, and not the citizens of a particular social group.”
The results of the 2021 elections to the Bundestag can serve as confirmation that the left-wing deputies are driven by selfish motives rather than good intentions. The Green Party and the SPD are the leaders in popularity among citizens aged 18 to 34.
As follows from the report of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 23% of the representatives of this age group voted in the fall of the year before last for the Greens, 17% for the Social Democrats.
At the same time, if minors aged 16 to 18 were allowed to vote, every third teenager (33%) would vote for environmentalists, and 14% (this figure is the third) for the SPD. A similar situation is observed when analyzing the political preferences of women in Germany: in federal elections, they are also more likely to support parties of the left spectrum.
“During the debate in the Bundestag on the downsizing of the Bundestag, it became clear to what extent the amendments to the electoral law meet the selfish interests of the parties of the ruling coalition,” – Notes against this background edition of Focus.
The newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung even announced the “fraudulent intentions” of the ruling coalition. Nevertheless, as noted by the German media, the likelihood that the Constitutional Court of Germany will not cancel the amendments initiated and planned by the government parties is practically “zero”.