More Europe on Germany’s political agenda | EM Germany Telegram on the Federal Elections 2017
European politics will take up more and more space inside domestic politics. The European Movement Germany wanted to find out how well equipped Germany’s parties are – and especially, how well equipped the country’s newly elected government will be for more Europe in German politics. We established a synopsis that compared the agendas of the parties up for election with the European Movement Germany’s political demands 2017/2018. Furthermore, a questionnaire was sent to 1,000 candidates running for parliament to check on their positions.
In the past weeks, The European Movement Germany has consistently been working to establish an overview of the parties’ agendas and their European alignment. We also asked our member organisations for comment.
Read our network’s assessment in today’s telegram.
Status: 20 September 2017.
Further updates on the topic of the future of the EU can be found via the tag “Bundstagswahl 2017” and the category “Institutionen & Zukunftsdebatte” on our website, as well as on Twitter via the hashtag “#BTWEU17” and “#GermanyDecides„.
German version here.
+++ EM Germany President Dr Wend: We need a Minister for European Integration! +++
“German European politics and its instruments are still at the level of last century,” complains EM Germany President Dr Rainer Wend. In the shaping of its European politics, the German government should also include democratic and representative associations and community organisations from all areas of society. | See report
+++ Protect investments and strengthen intellectual property holders – also and especially within the European digital single market! +++
“In an economic sector which essentially lives from the trade in rights and which is predominantly not subsidised, legal certainty must apply for investments”, demands Dr Florian Drücke, Director of the German Music Industry Association (BVMI). This would also mean taking a clear position in the shaping of the European digital single market. | See report
“In the coming year, the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (MFF) will be negotiated. The new MFF, post-Brexit, allows for new political priorities inside the European Union. Germany’s new government will have to commit to a sufficiently financed budget, an end to national rebates, and the establishment of clear political priorities”, claims Linn Selle, Board Member of the European Movement Germany. | See report
+++ So far the election is a missed opportunity for substantive dialogue +++
“I find it very disappointing that party strategists and media specialists in the election have avoided the analysis of the EU’s upcoming, extensive development steps. The expected future composition of the federal government will force debates, which all democrats ought to be more proactively seeking in the interests of forming a well-founded opinion”, regrets EM Germany Board Member Frank Burgdörfer. | See report
+++ The social stabilisation of the EU is overdue +++
“The German Trade Union Confederation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund – DGB) expects the economic and monetary union (EMU) to finally be sufficiently stabilised, including by means of a fiscal capacity. Relating thereto, social stabilisation of the EU is also overdue. We continue to advocate for treaty changes within the framework of a convention; in particular, the priority of social fundamental rights over economic freedoms must be ensured. Furthermore, it is essential to strengthen democratic decision-making. We support the proposal of transnational lists and the principle of EU lead candidates. Last but not least the investment plan needs to be raised and sufficient public investments must be made possible”, explains Gabriele Bischoff, Head of the European Department at DGB and Board Member of the European Movement Germany. | See report
+++ Stabilising the EU and the eurozone +++
“The EU and the eurozone must be further stabilised. This includes prudent steps towards its strengthening”, says the dbb Federal Chairman Klaus Dauderstädt. The dbb expects the new federal government to promote a strong civil service in a European Germany.| See report
+++ Establish a model for the German banking market +++
“SME banks finance medium-sized companies – and are themselves medium-sized companies! This is a fact which is often overlooked, not only at the national level in Germany, but also in a European context,” warns Florian Rentsch, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Sparda-Banks e.V. He is urging the parties to commit to the establishment of a model for the German banking market – “Since this model still does not exist – despite many good endeavours.” | See report
+++ We need a strong Europe! +++
“The “European project” deserves to be protected and further developed,” according to ZDH (German Confederation of Skilled Crafts) President Hans Peter Wollseifer. “After all, it has brought Germany, as well as all the nations involved, freedom, security and enormous wealth.” He views the tendency towards isolation with concern: for current challenges, such as security policy and the handling of global migration flows, there are no national solutions. | See report
+++ Create consumer protection standards in free trade +++
The German Consumer Federation (vzbv) is calling for the parties to prioritise the interests of consumers. “Moreover, the rights and standards in the trade agreement must be granted for consumers. Only then will they be good trade agreements,” emphasises Klaus Müller, vzbv Chair. | See report
+++ Back to the roots of European unification +++
“We expect the future ruling parties to base their actions once more at the roots of European unification, its reasons and aims,” says Rainer Wieland, MEP, President of the Europa-Union Germany e.V.. The aim of European unification remains the ever closer union of the peoples of Europe and a state founded on democratic principles and the rule of law based on a constitution.” | See report
+++ For a socially strong Europe +++
“We urge the future government parties to promote a socially strong Europe,” claims Dr Ulrich Goldschmidt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DIE FÜHRUNGSKRÄFTE e.V. (DFK). For him, “strong” means not being content with the lowest common denominator, but agreeing instead on high social standards. | See report
+++ Strengthen European values through a free trade agreement +++
“The new federal government should encourage and support the European Union to conclude free trade agreements with as many countries as possible,” demands the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations. “New free trade agreements strengthen the common set of European values and secure social prosperity in the partner countries as well as here.” | See report
+++ The development of the European Union using the “small steps” method +++
“There is no single blueprint for the development of the EU, but changes must be addressed with more energy”, according to the Federal Association of German Banks (BdB). For a strong Europe, the European Union should be reformed in small steps and thereby gain a better ability to take action and implement its objectives. | See report
+++ How seven party programmes reflect our political demands +++
Europe is playing an ever more important part in the election campaign, too. Whether foreign or security policy, migration policy, the single market or climate protection: without joint coordination with the EU and its member states, Germany would not be in a position to formulate policies that are efficient and good for people. But what are the European political goals of the parties and how do they compare with the politics of the European Movement Germany? The EBD has analysed the government and election programmes of seven parties which are entering the German parliamentary elections on 24 September 2017 and compared their content with nine of its fourteen Political Demands 2017/18. | See report
In order to explore the European policy directions within the parties, the EBD sent a questionnaire to 1,000 candidates in the German parliamentary elections 2017. This was compiled on the basis of our Political Demands 2017/18. More than 10 per cent of those election candidates who were invited to take part in the survey answered our questions – with exciting results. | See report
+++ More on this subject +++
- Europa-Union Germany e.V. has started a postcard campaign ahead of the election, in which voters can appeal to the responsibility of their future members of parliament and make their expectations clear. | See campaign
- The vzbv is scrutinising the programmes of the parties in the election with regard to the most important consumer protection demands | See Programme-Check
- Under the slogan “17 EU-questions for the #btw17” the Young European Federalists Saxony have developed a question and answer tool which aims to help citizens find the right party on 24 September. | See EUromat
- The future of the EU is also a subject in the coming election. There are excellent opportunities online to explore the democratic election process with children and young people. The European Competition “Europe in School” has compiled some of them in its current newsletter. | See Newsletter
You can find further information on the political profile of the EBD in the joint Political Agenda “Think, act and govern in a European way!“, which was agreed by the more than 250 EBD member organisations in the summer of 2016 and was adopted in its newly revised form by the general assembly on June 26th 2017.
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