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Politicians suggest reducing German states

DDP/The Local · 15 Jun 2010, 08:43

Published: 15 Jun 2010 08:43 GMT+02:00

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CDU parliamentarian Thomas Bareiß told daily Die Welt that to improve the political workings of the country, Germany’s 16 states would need to be reorganised.

“We should now be brave and tackle a great reform of federalism,” he told the paper. “Only with fewer, stronger states can we save federalism.”

Bareiß, who is on the parliamentary committee for economics and technology, called for a change to constitutional law that would simplify state fusion.

“Only with a popular vote across all of Germany can we meet the particular interests of fewer individual states,” he told the paper.

Economics expert for the opposition Greens Christine Scheel said such a change was long overdue.

“In the end everyone would profit from this federal structure reform,” she told the paper, adding that such a change could not happen without the consent of the public.

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“A first step would be for city states to combine with the federal states in their regions,” she said. “States like Berlin and Brandenburg or Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have a better future together.”

But the CDU’s parliamentary group budgetary speaker Norbert Barthle said chances of such a reform were low because of current budgetary constraints.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

11:58 June 15, 2010 by theladdie
Did the local just remove the moot from the headline!?!?


Please please please I hate the word moot
13:05 June 15, 2010 by freechoice
methinks the interstate highways networks needs urgent upgrades, one has to go one big circle just to reach another large city...
13:28 June 15, 2010 by snorge
I see the word "moot" in many of "The Local.de" articles, but it is not a word that should be used in journalism. In America, one never reads the word on newspapers or journals and seldom if ever is it used when talking.
14:27 June 15, 2010 by michael4096
Well, if one never reads the word in america it is understandable that one finds its use unfamiliar. How that translates into "should never be used" is unclear.

I am quite familiar with the word and have few problems with its use - but, not being american, what do I know about the english language?
15:00 June 15, 2010 by hanskarl
This is all a moot point.

Actually, I was hoping for an increase in federal states like making Northern Bavarian into Franken.
16:32 June 15, 2010 by auniquecorn
or all of southern germany into one big state and call it TEXAS.
16:40 June 15, 2010 by hanskarl

Then you could have Baden and Württemberg and along with Franken we are up to 18!! The more the merrier. It would be a good lesson for the EU.
17:33 June 15, 2010 by Celeon
A brilliant idea !

We could merge Saxony and Bavaria to Bavarony and this way pull down all bavarian statistics to much lower levels.

Bavaria would rather declare indepence than enduring the unendurable :-D

"A schmarn is des ! Schauts das a land g'winnt, Saupreussen sächische !"
18:47 June 15, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
Politicians! Don't these idiots have anything better to do? The fact that they have time to think about things like this shows they are over paid and under worked.. or unnecessary!

@Celeon Bayerony.... I'm sure they would prefer the name Texas over that...
19:21 June 15, 2010 by Henckel
Actually, this is a trend that began in Napoleon's time; through his intervention, the scores and scores of German states were reduced to 39 between 1803 and 1806. There were further adjustments in 1815, 1866-67, 1919 and 1937 (in the latter year Luebeck was abolished as a city-state). The basic outline of Germany's current state boundaries dates from 1952. I think any changes should be based upon historical examples, not merely on what is politically expedient at the time.
00:58 June 16, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, what's unfortunate about all of this, is that political leaders don't know what it takes to create harmony. Each state has a culture and therefore an identity.

Surely the German people should do all that we can to maintain such things. There are problems with political harmony, simply because no one has proposed a single, national system.

It's like the EU. It would have functioned much more smoothly and effectively, had they just focused on a single structure of government. Germany, France, Holland and other EU nations could have kept their currency, culture and identity and yet benefited form a much larger economic market.

I'm not the only one who understands this?
01:44 June 24, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Surely you are the only one who understands this, Forrest, because to everyone else your comment is utterly unintelligible.
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