• Germany edition
 
Hamburgers can now vote at age 16
Photo: DPA

Hamburgers can now vote at age 16

Published: 14 Feb 2013 12:08 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Feb 2013 12:08 GMT+01:00

The northern city-state follows Bremen and Brandenburg as the third German state to introduce voting rights for 16- and 17-year-olds for district and state matters.

Schools will inform the teenagers about their rights and duties, Die Welt newspaper said on Thursday. The idea is to generate interest among younger people in democracy and active involvement in politics, said Bärbel Duden, constitutional expert for the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

"First-time voters are the main focus and they will be well prepared for the vote with special lessons," added Christiane Blömeke, children and youth expert for the Greens.

The ruling SPD managed to gather the two-thirds majority in the stat parliament to pass the law with help from the Greens and Left Party, while a number of representatives of the Free Democrats also supported the measure.

The new law also extends the parliamentary period from four years to five, bringing Hamburg into line with all the other German states. The next state election in Hamburg will be in 2015.

The Local/DPA/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

13:46 February 14, 2013 by whiteriver
I find this article title amusing!
15:25 February 14, 2013 by The-ex-pat
Horseburgers have to wait until they are 17......
16:21 February 14, 2013 by twisted
If they can vote, they should be allowed to run for public office as well. THAT should scare the hell out of sitting office holders.
16:43 February 14, 2013 by Leo Strauss
Now it all makes sense: Hamburgers voting for a bunch of Weeners.
17:10 February 14, 2013 by Bigfoot76
Think the Pirates are going to get a huge boost now?
17:19 February 14, 2013 by DerHirsch
Schnitzels and Hotdogs are upset. They want the same rights and freedoms. Pizza plans a protest.
19:03 February 14, 2013 by The-ex-pat
17:10 February 14, 2013 by Bigfoot76

Think the Pirates are going to get a huge boost now?

You are not wrong. Every kid with a computer full of ripped of software and downloads will vote for them.....
20:03 February 14, 2013 by Englishted
Strange seeing as half the Germans only leave education in time to retire.
21:46 February 14, 2013 by neunElf
Your democracy is doomed if you cannot take your responsibility seriously.

To somehow equate a child and an adult to be equals when deciding public issues, makes a mockery of the democratic process!
01:25 February 15, 2013 by Britanicus
if this gets to Berlin, then Unter den Linden will be renamed Sesam Strasse???
02:01 February 15, 2013 by bellsucks
Putin is becoming more appealing as Supreme-Leader of Europe.
03:20 February 15, 2013 by RainerL
Not one intelligent comment so far. I think it's a good thing for 16 year olds to have a voice. But no younger please!!! We already got Kids having Kids!!!
06:06 February 15, 2013 by hanskarl
The Austrians have a bigger problem as one story caption states in Austo-English...."Bread consummation falls by nearly 50%". Whew!
19:17 February 22, 2013 by Laurence F
They will get more free stuff from the socialists; the only problem is that there will not be money to pay for it.
Today's headlines
'Police killer' confesses to shooting officer
Officers searching a field near the scene of the killing on Thursday. Photo: DPA

'Police killer' confesses to shooting officer

A suspect has been arrested following the killing of an off-duty police officer in western Germany on Wednesday night. The shooting sparked a large manhunt near Frankfurt. READ  

BSkyB to launch pan-European pay-TV giant
The British broadcaster BSkyB is rolling out a pay-TV network through Europe. Photo: DPA

BSkyB to launch pan-European pay-TV giant

The British satellite television group BSkyB on Friday announced a multi-billion-euro deal to create a pan-European TV network covering three countries. READ  

German of the Week
Should we all get €12,000 a year?
Martin Bohmeyer has not worked for money in six months. Photo: DPA

Should we all get €12,000 a year?

What would happen if everyone was suddenly paid €1,000 a month with no strings attached? "Let's try it," says Michael Bohmeyer, who raised the money through crowdfunding and will now experiment with the idea of a basic income for one year. READ  

Language barrier foils supermarket robber
Communication is key for cops and robbers alike: Photo: DPA

Language barrier foils supermarket robber

An armed robber fled a Berlin supermarket empty-handed in frustration over his lack of German language skills. READ  

Lufthansa maintains Tel Aviv flight ban
A Lufthansa flight at Ben Gurion International Airport. Photo: DPA

Lufthansa maintains Tel Aviv flight ban

German flag carrier Lufthansa said on Thursday it would continue to suspend flights to Tel Aviv for another 24 hours over security concerns amid the raging conflict in the Gaza Strip. READ  

Four Germans on missing Air Algérie flight
A Swiftair flight Photo: EPA/SWIFTAIR

Four Germans on missing Air Algérie flight

UPDATE: Four Germans were among the 116 people onboard a Air Algérie flight which crashed over Mali on Thursday, according to the airline which operated flight number AH5017. READ  

Munich midwife 'tried to kill pregnant mums'
The hospital in Munich where the midwife worked. Photo: DPA

Munich midwife 'tried to kill pregnant mums'

A midwife in Munich stands accused of trying to murder four pregnant mums during childbirth using a blood-thinning drug. READ  

Top university switches master's to English
Munich's TU university wants to switch its master's programmes to English. Photo: DPA

Top university switches master's to English

UPDATE: One of Germany’s top universities wants to ditch German and switch almost all of its master’s programmes to English in the next six years, prompting fears that the academic standing of the German language is under serious threat. READ  

Death sentence for Afghan reporter murderer
Anja Niedringhaus (r) with colleague Kathy Gannon in 2013. Photo: DPA

Death sentence for Afghan reporter murderer

A former Afghan police commander has been sentenced to death in Kabul for the killing of German war reporter and photographer Anja Niedringhaus in April this year. READ  

ECB blackmailed after data stolen
The ECB building (right) in Frankfurt. Photo: DPA

ECB blackmailed after data stolen

The European Central Bank in Frankfurt has received a blackmail letter after its public website was hacked and contact data stolen, the bank said on Thursday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
instagram.com/gotzemario
Gallery
Germany's World Cup stars share their holiday photos
Travel
Plans unveiled for bike trail along former Iron Curtain
Photo: DPA
Sport
Yoga helped Jogi's boys bring World Cup home
Photo: DPA
National
Pressure on police over anti-Semitic protests
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The Local List: 12 best words in German
Photo: DPA
Politics
View from Germany: 'Nobody will win in an economic war with Russia'
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
Jobtalk: How innovative is Germany?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
German Bucket List: How many of these can you tick off?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Germany's week in pictures: July 12th - July 18th
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
Which workers is Germany short of?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Ten best expat jobs in Germany: Which one would you choose?
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: Shutterstock
Features
Some of the most embarrassing mistakes you can make in German
Education
Raising the bar for law & business in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
Sponsored Article
Bilingual school turning education on its head
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,285
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd