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"Election benchmarks" for the German Federal Elections by the Minority Council in Germany
For every German federal election, the Minority Council of Germany elaborates so-called “election benchmarks”. These benchmarks are questions that summarise the basic expectations that the recognised minorities living in Germany have in regard to minority policy in the new parliamentary term.
The election benchmarks are sent to the democratic political groups in the German federal parliament, and also to the candidates for the German federal parliament coming from the areas of settlement of the autochthonous minorities. The answers are published on this homepage.
After the elections, the answers are analysed and the implementation of the minority policies by the newly elected German federal parliament is intensively monitored and assessed in dialogue with the members of parliament. The answers given by the political groups form the basis for further talks and discussions and for the cooperation with the members of the German federal parliament from all the political groups.
"Election benchmarks" of the Minority Council for the elections for the German federal parliament in 2017
Also for the German federal parliament in 2017 the Minority Council elaborated so-called "election benchmarks". The main topics are a summary of the expectations in regard to minority policy for the nineteenth legislative term of the German federal parliament and are focused on:
- Strengthening political participation of the minorities on the German federal level,
- Supporting the European citizens’ initiative "Minority SafePack",
- Action plan for the protection and promotion of the national minorities in Germany,
- Reform of the General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG),
- Establishment of a committee of experts against Antigypsyism at the German federal parliament,
- Revision of the Act on Changing Minority Names (Minderheitennamensänderungsgesetz)
- Amendment to the Courts Constitution Act (§ 184 GVG).
We asked six democratic parties (CDU/CSU, SPD, Die Linke, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, FDP, AfD) and their top candidates how they think about minority policy. We received answers to our questions from seven parties in total (also from the ÖDP-party).
Please read the detailed answers here (German, pdf).
Overview: a short summary of the answers you can find here (German, pdf).
Election benchmarks of the Minority Council for the elections for the German federal parliament in 2013
Before the election for the federal parliament in 2013, the political groups and their candidates were e.g. asked whether they were in favour of a comprehensive concept for the support of the regional and minority languages and thus for a national responsibility of the Federal Republic for the minorities in Germany, what their position was in view of engaging in a common dialogue between minority and majority in Germany and on the public recognition and visibility of the minorities in Germany, if they support the European Citizens’ Initiative "Minority SafePack", initiated by the umbrella organisation of the autochthonous, national minorities in Europe – FUEN, and how they want to handle the challenges related to the migration from EU states to Germany.
Answers from the political groups in 2013
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