2018, the number of entries that have reached the Committee on petitions of the Bundestag has risen to 15 percent. The sound is rough: fewer and fewer citizens are afraid of hatred and incitement.
The number of German citizens submitted petitions rises: the competent Committee of the Bundestag reported in the past year, about 13,200 entries, or about 1000 more than in 2017. However, the threshold for offensive comments, hate, and even massive threats falls clearly at the same time.
"The sound has changed, just in the last year. The language of the net, hatred and incitement in the petitions," says Marian Wendt, Chairman of the Committee on petitions of the Parliament. The panel is a Central point of contact for direct requests of the citizens. The staff would always be met with hostility more often and offended, the CDU-politician Wendt.
Committee on petitions Chairman Wendt (2. v. l.): "hatred and incitement"The low point came at the end of 2018
Especially bad, it was the end of the year, after the Bundestag had adopted the migration Pact of the United Nations. "That was really a disaster that happened," recalls Corinna Rüffer, Green-Chairwoman in the Committee on petitions. "We have abusive mails without end." Employees would get in the face of overt threats of some of the citizens even with the fear. According to Wendt, around 2000 offensive E-Mails were received in this period.
Against single people, you have made a criminal complaint, said the CDU-politician Wendt, and a citizen had even been convicted of: "A Signal that such insults, hostility and threats will not go unpunished." A cross-party Committee, accusing members of the political Right, to have the anger campaign against the UN-migration Pact controlled: "As the AfD has exploited this Committee in a way that it is in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany still is not happening", said Rüffer. A Petition against the UN Convention had been supported by the AfD."lies and deliberate disinformation"
The Committee's Vice-Chairman, the SPD politician Martina trunk Fiebich, speaks of lies and a targeted disinformation campaign: "What was worn on employees, is not acceptable." Similar to the Chairpersons of the FDP and the left party comment. Only the AfD representative on the Committee, John Huber, can not get out of control him or his staff to report. "Most of the letters were in order." Huber expresses some understanding for the anger of some citizens, but it also says that he doesn't want to talk about the sharp tone in some entries "nice".
CDU-man Wendt wishes that the climate is more benign. He appealed to the citizens to show more respect for the Bundestag.Fierce dispute over petitions against the UN-migration Pact, 21.11.2018 Atlas |Germany |Berlin