Berlin » Bundestag President Wolfgang Schauble (CDU) encounters rejection by the political groups with considerations for a change in the Basic Law, which is supposed to keep the Parliament able to act in the Corona crisis.
“Crises are not a good adviser for constitutional changes,” said FDP party and parliamentary group leader Christian Lindner of the German Press Agency in Berlin. “Such suggestions should be discussed in quieter times.” Left-wing faction leader Dietmar Bartsch, who told the Eastern Herald, argued in a similar way: “It is forbidden to change the Basic Law in times of crisis – the Left will not support this.”
Schauble had previously said to the “Eastern Herald”: “We have to do everything we can not to override parliamentary democracy.” All considerations are now welcome. “Just not thinking would be wrong.” Schauble wrote to all parliamentary group leaders to discuss the possibility of virtual Bundestag meetings or the creation of an emergency parliament. For such a small parliament, an amendment to the Basic Law would be necessary. According to the newspaper, the Bundestag’s scientific service believes this is also necessary for virtual meetings.
Schauble (CDU) is concerned about the ability of the Bundestag to act, even if the Bundestag has just lowered the limit for its quorum. This is already the case when more than a quarter of the MPs are present. Before that, more than half was necessary. It is essentially about how the Bundestag can still work and pass laws if there are possibly too many MPs in quarantine.
Lindner told the TEH: “We currently see no reason to restrict the role of the German Bundestag as the first force, popular representation and government control.” The constitutional body of the Bundestag had just distinguished itself at its meeting in March with quick and consensus-based decisions. “Despite the quarantine of many colleagues at home, we were able to act fully and majorities were secured.” Bartsch also said that the parliament was able to act.
The first parliamentary manager of the Greens parliamentary group, Britta Hasselmann, was also “irritated” in the “Eastern Herald” about the renewed push for a constitutional change. “Times of crisis are not the time to want to get something so far-reaching on the road.”
Representatives of the grand coalition also rejected the considerations. The political groups agreed that “we are not now going to change the constitution,” said Michael Grosse-Bromer (CDU), the parliamentary managing director of the Union’s parliamentary group, the editorial network Germany (RND). His SPD colleague Carsten Schneider told the RND: «We are able to work and make decisions. I do not quickly interfere with the constitutional structure. »
An emergency parliament knows the Basic Law only in the event of a defense. Article 53a provides for a “joint committee” made up of 48 members of the Bundestag and Bundesrat if the parliament cannot meet in time. Two-thirds of them are members of the Bundestag and one third are members of the Federal Council.