Germany has got a confusing election system for the lower house of the parliament. Half of the seats are reserved to electoral lists, proportionally allotted on the basis of the percentage the parties won through a second ballot. Additional off-set seats are also drawn from those electoral lists.
Markus Söder has announced that his party will send women only to fill fifty percent of its list mandates. But is that even constitutional? If at least 50% of the parliament is filled on the basis of lists, the composition of those lists become a part of the parliament election process itself. Legally the selection of candidates of the list is termed a ‘character of the action’ of the federal election (Tatbestandsmerkmal).
If everyday citizens are free to pick and shed party memberships in order to take part in how at least half of the seats are filled, how can a party leadership predict that fifty percent of the positions on their electoral list are going to be women?
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The polls for the upcoming general election in Germany indicate a trend towards a Green-Party Chancellorship. Annalena Baerbock, the party’s official candidate, sits like a spider in a cobweb of interest groups and lobby networks. Her husband Daniel Holefleisch is a life-long lobbyist by profession. Let’s talk about it!
correction: I have mentioned in a displayed note that Holefleisch describes the activity of snowcap AG as forming ties between universities and ministries. That was the description of his role there. The company’s self-description is elusive and questionable. Their website is written in English and you find it here.