Updated on 07 November 2019, 08:47
Less Minister, smaller Bundestag and longer-lasting election periods – Economy Minister Peter Altmaier calls for a fundamental change in the political system.
Economics Minister Peter Altmaier has called for a reform of the political system and a greater participation of citizens in decisions. The Thuringia election was a profound turning point.
"We must not wash our hands in innocence, if the proportion of voters who no longer choose a state-sponsored party, doubles, the number of parties halved and the number of MPs continues to increase," writes the CDU politician in a guest contribution for the "Rheinische Post" (Thursday). The big parties need to be ready for change.
"It's no longer about any new chairman, chancellor candidate or minister, it's not about the umpteenth coalition compromise, it's about basic issues of trust and acceptance," said Altmaier. All would need to be ready for basic policy reforms.
Altmaier: Parliamentary reform urgently needed
Specifically, he called a reduction of the Bundestag. "I think that this year we need a parliamentary reform that will lead to a significant reduction in several stages, with the number of members to be reduced by 40 seats every 4 years until a reasonable number is achieved."
The number of ministers should be set to 15 and the number of secretaries of state and government officials should be reduced by one third from the next formation of a government. Bundestag and parliamentary elections would have to be more concentrated and summarized. The term of office in the federal government must be extended to five years.
Altmaier wants to change the shape of the debates
In addition, the culture of debate must be reconsidered. "We need formats that allow debates outside of elections.
"In the run-up to legislation, on-line hearings should give people the opportunity to voice their opinions and suggestions, so that they can be brought closer to politics in the future so that they can actually be taken into account."
Informal bodies, such as the coalition committees, would have increased to such an extent that the formally competent bodies would be devalued. This, too, contributed to the disgruntlement among the citizens, because the vast majority of decisions would be taken behind closed doors. (Hub / dpa)
The federal government has achieved a lot, but there is still much to do, according to its mid-term review.
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