POSTS BY Sophie Schönberger

L’isola che non c’è – a taste of opposition in times of grand coalition

One seemed to be reminded of Peter Pan’s Netherland last monday in the Bundestag, as the plenum raised a motion for resolution of the “Grünen” and “Linken” concerning the NSA bugging affair to a non-existent committee. Since the Bundestag has waited for a new government for weeks as it is usually only waiting for Godot, the first working session of the newly founded parliament drew a disastrous picture, which bodes ill regarding the rights of the parliamentary minority under the grand coalition for the next four years to come.

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Macht die Wahl das Recht verfassungswidrig?

Wenn es so wäre, dass am Sonntag die Fünfprozenthürde verfassungswidrig geworden ist, was genau hat dann zu dieser Verfassungswidrigkeit über Nacht geführt? Kann eine Wahl das Wahlrecht verfassungswidrig machen? Oder gar der Wähler selbst? Sophie-Charlotte Lenski schlägt vor, die Sperrklausel zu flexibilisieren: Wenn ein bestimmtes Quorum unberücksichtigter Stimmen überschritten ist, wird die Fünf- zur Dreiprozenthürde.

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Can the Election make the Law Unconstitutional?

If it were the case that last Sunday the five procent threshold had turned unconstitutional – what exactly has caused this unconstitutionality over night? Can an election make the electoral law unconstitutional? Sophie-Charlotte Lenski suggests to flexibilize the threshold: If the number of discounted votes exceeds a certain quorum the five percent threshold turns into a three percent threshold.

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