The traffic light parties want to agree on an electoral reform in the coming week. This is reported by the “Bild am Sonntag” with reference to faction groups.
The draft envisages that from 2025 there will be no more than the planned 598 MPs in Parliament. The electoral law commission is expected to give the green light on Thursday. There are currently 736 MPs.
The parliamentary manager of the SPD parliamentary group, Johannes Fechner, told the “Bild am Sonntag”: “I expect approval in the traffic light parliamentary groups.” The number of constituencies does not have to be reduced for this, “which otherwise causes huge constituencies in the east would have,” said the SPD MP.
The proposal, the cornerstones of which were made public in May, would mean that not all constituency winners would be able to move into the Bundestag. The first parliamentary manager of the Union faction, Thorsten Frei (CDU), criticizes: “As a result, constituency winners will not receive a mandate, but constituency losers. In our opinion, that is simply unconstitutional.”
The CSU would be particularly affected, possibly losing more than a quarter of its direct mandates. CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt announces: “If the traffic light groups decide to do such a maneuver, we will immediately file a constitutional complaint against it.”