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Debate on the Federal Council: abstention

In the Bundesrat, the largest number of votes frequently, to abstain and act like no votes. President of the Bundestag, Schäuble wants to force the change, and

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Debate on the Federal Council: abstention

In the Bundesrat, the largest number of votes frequently, to abstain and act like no votes. President of the Bundestag, Schäuble wants to force the change, and the countries to Yes or no.

on the Occasion of the 70. Anniversary of the adoption of the basic law, the Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble has criticised the voting procedure in the Bundesrat, and a new approach is proposed.

The rules are not more, criticized the Christian Democrat against the "süddeutsche Zeitung" and pointed out that in the 16 States with 13 different coalitions to govern. The more difficult the majority determination.

If the coalition could partner in a state can not communicate, had included the country in the Federal Council. Therefore, there is "there are regularly a whopping abstention majority". However, since abstentions are counted as votes, they act according to Schäuble, "in practice, as" no "votes".

Yes or no

Schäuble pleaded for this reason, abstentions, "in the future, as votes not cast". "That would suddenly change a lot," said the President of the Bundestag. "The state governments would then have to make decisions."

As an example, Schaeuble called the debate on the list of safe countries of Origin in asylum procedures - a topic for the countries of "no original jurisdiction". So far, the countries could deal with this dispute by agreed to abstain in the Bundesrat vote. The would then.

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