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Popular initiative in Bavaria : The feeling of bee

The Munich sun is shining on the bee boxes in the garden of Claudio Casanova. The first animals car here in the southern district of Ried forest a small inspection flight out and crawl again. "Come inside and Nestle into each other," says the beekeeper. The vortex that was made in the last few weeks in Bavaria, you have slept through the bees themselves completely. The people were, however, in case of minus degrees in long queues in front of the city halls, for the people's initiative "biodiversity and natural beauty in Bavaria – Save the bees!". This results in a bee-mass movement, which irritated the CSU is more than just.

"Save the bees' – the Slogan is excellent," says Claudio Casanova. However, to his animals is.... "The honey bee is not really in danger." But you would have achieved a similar success, if you stop for the rescue of endangered Schnarr, of the Large horseshoe bat or the oak heldbocks called? Casanova is a Bayer with an Italian father. 51 years old, trained as a programmer, Hausmann and Hobby beekeepers with ten Nations. He says something that exactly meets the Bavarian and perhaps also the Federal German state: "bee is a feeling."

Just for comparison, 18.4 percent of eligible voters have registered in two weeks in the signature lists of a popular initiative. 26.9 percent of the electorate, not once so much more, have elected at the state election last October, CSU. The Numbers make the Dimension of success is clear. When almost every fifth choice is writing entitled, has been obviously hit a nerve. The parties of the so-called middle class, and not only in the topic of biodiversity.

1745383 of 9494510 persons entitled to vote have signed for it – almost twice as many as you need. Ludwig Hartmann, leader of the Green party, tweeted: "I salute the citizens in Bavaria." Even the British "Guardian" reported and showed the Bavarian activists in the bee dress. The times in which it has in conservative circles about the carrying toads across the road, made fun of, are over. However, the environmental issue has also reached the CSU? "That's not me clear yet," says Josef goeppel. The 67-year-old former member of Parliament and a trained Forester, is something like the green barbs of the party. The present retired from Central Franconia was the patron of the people's desire.

Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), he takes that this rethink environmental protection. Whether from a new Conviction or of political tactics, is a different question. Some CSU-politicians at local level have been registered in the list. However, the "Mittelbau" of the party, so Göppel, have an "ideological barrier". The parliamentary group, he says: "The dead."

"If the CSU is not taking the environment seriously, the Green, the new people's party"

The theme for the party, but a matter of survival: "If the CSU is not taking the environment seriously, the Green party in Bavaria, the new people's party." Göppel is the feat for this Wednesday convened a round table. Because he wants to reach a solution for the farmers, so that they can receive for new environmental measures, just as much money as before. Söder wants to reconcile with the round table, wants to mediate between the organizers of the people's desire and the greatest opponents, the farmers ' Association. A clever move he managed to do this already: For the Moderation he could luck, Alois, across party boundaries respected CSU veterans, win. "We need a result at the end, improves the protection of species, a shutdown of farms prevented and all the reconciled," said Söder.

There are a number of studies, the extent and consequences of the insects dying. The so-called Krefeld-study, for example, has occupied the end of 2017, the mass of flying insects in Germany, over 27 years, has decreased by 75 percent. And the WWF came to the conclusion that we are witnessing "the greatest extinction of species since the Disappearance of the dinosaurs". Bees as pollinators are considered to be the third most important domestic Animal after cattle and pigs and the wild bees are threatened. With the insects, other species are disappearing now. So only half as many birds as there used to be 30 years old live in Bavaria today.

The calls now unusual activists: in Starnberg and its surroundings are known for its density of millionaires, SUV-drivers, and FDP voters. Protests usually only when something is against their own interest. Wind turbines cluttering up the view on the lake. Or the Mini-Airport in Oberpfaffenhofen, desires more air traffic and therefore more noise. But now the district is Starnberg, the people of Bavaria desire wide lace, 27.7 percent of citizens have registered, as many as anywhere else. "We want to preserve our beautiful countryside and the many biotopes," says Kerstin Täubner-Benicke, spokesperson for the Greens-district Association. For quite some time, the district was "green flavour".

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save, Perhaps, it is no wonder that of all the ÖDP – Ecological democratic party – this popular initiative, and with the success has brought. "If we can, then it is the desire of the people," says Agnes Becker, Bavarian Vice-party chair. Two Times the party has organized something like this: As the Senate was preparing in Bavaria as an expensive second chamber of the Parliament, the end, and a rigid, non-Smoking protection. As a "middle-class tree-huggers" is referred to Becker your party, for the last 1.6 per cent voted in the state election. She is studying to be a veterinarian, and in addition to the acquisition of farmer, for twenty years, the 38-Year-old lives in a village in the Bavarian forest. When she speaks of dying from the Insects, the wild and romantic notions of a city. "We are in the best sense conservative," says Agnes Becker, "for us, it's about the preservation of nature."

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