German micro-parties need in the European elections in may, fear no lock-out clause. The proposed scheme should not be implemented in the Bundestag, for the time being, as the factions of the Union and the Greens confirmed. First, the “mirror had reported” about it.

A spokesman for the Union group, said on Reuters request, the CDU and CSU have always called for a blocking clause in the European election law. This should be as quickly as possible. “Unfortunately, they did not explain the Green, referring to the Venice Convention, that they are available for implementation of the election act for the European elections in 2019.”

the guidelines of the so-called Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, it should be in the twelve months prior to an election is no fundamental right to vote changes.

“A lock-up clause for this European election is off the table,” said Britta Haßelmann, Parliamentary Manager of the Greens group in the Bundestag, of the dpa. “The lists are drawn up, the election preparations are in full swing.” Your party on the Venice Commission.

last summer, the EU States had agreed, through the EU electoral law is a mandatory hurdle in the amount of at least two and a maximum of five percent. However, this has to be ratified in all member States. A corresponding Change would have to be ratified in the Bundestag and in the Bundesrat with a two-thirds majority. The Greens would have had to agree to a Change.

The Union spokesman said the Union regretted the attitude of the Greens, very, must, however – in particular with a view to the majority in the Federal Council – to take note of. “The Union group will continue to advertise vigorously for the introduction of a clause in Germany’s European election.”

All of the larger EU member States, which send more than 35 deputies to Strasbourg, have already introduced blocking clauses to Germany and Spain.

The locking clause is intended to ensure that, in Germany, parties receive a low single-digit election outcome, as is currently the satire party, The party and the extreme-right NPD has no seats in the European Parliament.

Currently, the micro-parties, seven of the 96 German seats in the European Parliament to occupy. They had managed in the 2014 election, the catchment in the European Parliament, because the Federal constitutional court had cancelled before the Three-percent hurdle in the German European elections act, without replacement.

The “mirror” reported, the German representative at the EU have given to “apparently” at the beginning of February in Brussels that Germany could not allow a Europe-wide Change before the next election.

SPD Leader Andrea Nahles had already written in January on the Portal abgeordnetenwatch.de : “There will be no implementation before the European elections in 2019.”

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