EM Germany Newsletter CW 15/2021 | Europe and the Bundestag Elections 2021
The Bundestag election campaign is slowly gathering momentum. In the coming weeks, the parties, especially the EM Germany member parties, will decide on their Spitzenkandidaten and election programmes.
A look at the draft programmes shows that in the competition for majorities in the Bundestag, the parties are including the European level in many projects. This is pleasing. Eventually, all major decisions such as Germany’s path in climate change, in digitalisation and in dealing with future crises have a significant European policy dimension.
As EM Germany, we would therefore like to raise voters‘ awareness that Germany’s role in the EU will be put to the vote on 26 September 2021, too. We are committed to making Germany future-proof, which starts with a proactive and modern German European policy – a #Europaplan. Hence, we expect the next federal government to venture more European impulses and foresight for an institutional remodeling of the current European coordination.
European policy, the EU institutions and Germany’s role within them have changed significantly over the last two decades. Therefore, it is finally time to embed German European policy more visibly in German politics. Through clear responsibility structures in form of a Minister for Europe Office on the one hand and through better social and parliamentary participation on the other.
I wish you a good week, and stay healthy!
Dr. Linn Selle
European Movement Germany
#EBDFokus: Europe and the Bundestag Elections 2021
167 days to go until the election of the 20th German Bundestag on 26 September 2021. The parties are in the midst of the election campaign preparations – content and organisation wise. The #EBDGrafik of the week shows when the election programmes will be voted on and when the Spitzenkandidatinnen und -kandidaten are to be elected. +++ EM Germany wants to make the Bundestag election an European election and bring the parties into a competition of ideas for the future of the EU and a modern German EU policy. This is the core of the EM Germany’s political demands 2020/21. Currently, the organisation is holding background talks with all member parties to discuss its #Europaplan. +++ Five out of six Germans attach great importance to European policy in the Bundestag elections. This shows a representative Forsa survey published by EM Germany in January. +++ On Wednesday, EM Germany President Dr. Linn Selle will discuss the European dimensions of the Bundestag elections online at the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe. +++ Positions and news from the network on the Bundestag elections are compiled on the EM Germany website. Official information on dates and deadlines, constituencies, etc. is provided by the Federal Election Commissioner’s website.
#EBDGrafik of the week
EM Germany News
Fighting the global pandemic internationally | EBD De-Briefing European Council: In view of the rising infection figures across Europe, both the informal EUCO and the EBD De-Briefing focused on the coordination of the Covid-19 crisis. | More (in German) +++ Central topics of the EBD De-Briefing AGRIFISH were the negotiations on the fisheries agreement with the UK after Brexit and the developments on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). | More (in German)
Directive for fair minimum wages in the EU controversial | EP Rapporteur in Dialogue with Dennis Radtke: In October 2020, the European Commission presented a proposal for a directive on adequate minimum wages in the EU. The responsible co-rapporteur in the European Parliament is Dennis Radtke (EPP), who discussed the situation and the next steps in decision-making together with representatives of the social partners and more than 90 participants. | More (in German) +++ Save the date: On 29 April, the European Commission Representation in Berlin, with the support of EM Germany, is organising a digital stakeholder dialogue on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in Germany | More (in German)
33 for Bruges and Natolin – German College of Europe selection committee meets online: After two intense days spent mostly in video conferences, the German selection committee chose 33 prospective students to start their year in one of the five Masters‘ Programmes at the College of Europe this year. | More (in German)
70 years of Germany as a full member of the Council of Europe | Together with the Federal Foreign Office, EM Germany is organising a high-level online event on 4 May 2021 to celebrate this anniversary. Conference languages are German and English. | More (in German)
All EM Germany events take place via videoconference. Participation is free, but registration required. Conference language is German unless indicated otherwise. +++ 26.-30.04.2021: digital meeting of the Federal Jury of the European Pupils‘ Competition +++ 29.04.2021: stakeholder dialogue on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in Germany +++ 04.05.2021: Conference – 70 Years of Germany as Full Member of the Council of Europe – also in English. +++ 19.05.2021: EBD De-Briefing ECOFIN and Euro Group +++ Our Presidency Calendar on the Portuguese EU Council Presidency has all dates of the semester.
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