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According to the FDP, the Greens and the Left, the highest German court should deal with electoral reform. The three parties see the reform as a violation of the constitution.

Berlin (dpa) – The electoral reform of the CDU / CSU and SPD will be a matter before the Federal Constitutional Court. The FDP, the Greens and the Left, on the other hand, want to exercise a so-called abstract check of standards at the highest German court.

They announced this in Berlin. The new electoral law has such serious shortcomings that it violates the constitution, said FDP Group’s first parliamentary director, Marco Buschmann. The three parties went to Karlsruhe, “to overturn this electoral reform of the grand coalition, which has failed to achieve its goal, has been badly done and, in our opinion, contrary to the constitution.”

The Abstract Code Check allows all standards of federal or state law to be checked for compatibility with the Basic Law. An application can be filed by the federal government, a state government, or a quarter of the members of the Bundestag.

The right-wing political spokesman for the left-wing parliamentary group, Friedrich Straetmanns, said: “After careful examination, we are united by the belief that the amendment to the electoral law is constitutionally untenable.” The Greens’ first parliamentary director, Britta Haßelmann, stressed that the electoral law must be clear. It must be transparent and understandable how an election result came about.

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