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Unruly MPs to face €3,000 fines

The Local · 4 Nov 2010, 07:51

Published: 04 Nov 2010 07:51 GMT+01:00

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The daily Saarbrücker Zeitung reported that the tough new penalties were primarily aimed at the socialist Left party, whose MPs have recently held protests in the Bundestag with banners, masks and T-shirts, particularly against the war in Afghanistan and the Stuttgart 21 development.

Parliamentarians from the ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) and Free Democrats (FDP), with the backing of the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens, have struck an agreement to penalise breaches of order in the Bundestag with fines ranging from €500 to €3,000.

“We will introduce fines,” the parliamentary whip for the conservative CDU, Bernhard Kaster, told the paper. The introduction of the new penalties would be carried out “as soon as possible.”

SPD whip Christian Lange said: “Unfortunately it’s about resocialising repeat offenders.”

The whip for the Left party, Dagmar Enkelmann, said only that his party was “yet to reach a position” on the fines.

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The exact terms of the fines will be laid down in the next parliamentary session, the paper reported.

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Your comments about this article

14:32 November 4, 2010 by maxbrando
Why can't you just throw them out. It the U.S. Congress, the Constitution permits each body (House and Senate) to toss out members who create problems.
19:03 November 4, 2010 by Landmine
I agree with this. They were put in those positions because they were more competent to represent their constituents than the other candidates in elections, not because they can act like they are in kindergarten....
08:52 November 5, 2010 by beeker
Wow! A fine for loutish behavior managed by their opponents.
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