The basic law and its values must law be anchored to the Conviction of the Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier stronger in the consciousness of the citizens: “The Germans know too little about your reason”.
At a Matinee to 70. Anniversary of the Constitution referred Steinmeier on Wednesday in Berlin castle Bellevue on a recent survey, according to the basic law, and stumbles on a lot of approval in the case of the Germans, you Know about the Constitution, however, is rather low. “Conclusion: The vast majority are not in favour of the basic law, even if you know it very exactly.”
This must change, called for Steinmeier. “I think that the Knowledge of the basic law should be in our country as big as the consent of the values already are. Brain and heart in unison.” It was undoubtedly ambitious. “But we must also accept that millions of people know the basic relationships simple.” This applies for the connections between the Weimar, Bonn and Berlin Republic, between the Holocaust, and article 1 of the basic law, or between 1949 and the, what we call today Western values.
The basic law was on the 23. May 1949, was proclaimed, and then for the Federal Republic of Germany entered into force. In the same year the GDR was a Constitution of its own. With the reunification in 1990, the basic law became the pan-German Constitution.
in The evening, Steinmeier was at the traditional constitutional conversation on the eve of the 23. May is located in Karlsruhe, Germany. According to the speech text he wanted to strengthen the today is often the subject of criticism and sometimes two political parties in the back. At the same time, he warned, but also the willingness to reform. He wishes to himself, “that the parties do not open your doors and Windows even further, that they understand any unusual idea as an attack, that you can pave just young people new paths in the policy.” Conversely, he appealed to citizens to engage in outside of the parties, “to check, it’s easy venture in the workshops of democracy, the parties are still, and at least, whether any prejudice is justified”.
Steinmeier stressed that the Central insight of the mothers and fathers of the basic law have lost none of validity: “the parties are the sole actors in the formation of political will, but they are in our Federal representative democracy is indispensable.”
Steinmeier called it a Problem that many citizens have less trust in democratic institutions and not Readily believed, that parties and parliaments are able to cope with the great challenges of our time. This is not just an issue for individual parties. “But then the policy is more and more provided by our Constitution, itself, in question.”
The Federal President paid tribute to the Central role of judges in the development of the basic law defined legal framework. “The decisions of the Federal constitutional court read like a history of the liberal revolution in the Federal Republic of Germany. They helped, authoritarian structures to reduce, as for instance, in the marriage and family law reflected. And you have the basic right to a breakthrough in our society.” A Constitution had to be something like “a haven of peace in the society”, it did not freeze and had to remain open for social and political change.
this Thursday, the actual Constitution day, to be continued the celebrations in Berlin and Karlsruhe. Among other things, Steinmeier has invited 200 citizens to the coffee table in the garden of Schloss Bellevue. There you can with him, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (both CDU), Federal Council President Daniel Günther (CDU) and the President of the Federal constitutional court, Andreas Voßkuhle, on the question of “Germany in good shape?” discuss.