Parliamentary Digest 9th October

A round up of what’s going on in the Bundestag, Bundesrat and state parliaments Questions to the government: Foreign Office On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas answered questions in the Bundestag, many of which focused on Russia and the Navalny poisoning. He said that the International Agency for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 9th October

Parliamentary Digest 2nd October: Budget week and 30 years of German unity

This week was the budget debate week, with 4 days of debate in the Bundestag. Saturday was also the 30th anniversary of German reunification. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) introduced the budget for 2021 on Tuesday and there was a general debate. This was followed by debates by department over the next three days, as … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 2nd October: Budget week and 30 years of German unity

Parliamentary Digest 11th September

A round up of what's going on in the Bundestag, Bundesrat and state parliaments The Bundestag returned after the summer break this week, while some of the state parliaments either had plenary sittings or committee hearings. Right-extremism and hate crime https://twitter.com/welt/status/1303817601844473856 On Wednesday, the first sitting day of the plenary, the Bundestag honoured the police … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 11th September

Parliamentary Digest 3rd July

A round up of what's going on in the Bundestag, Bundesrat and state parliaments This week was the last sitting week for Parliament before the summer break; a host of very significant laws were passed in both Houses. Economic Stimulus Programme The government has announced a 130 billion euro economic stimulus programme to help the … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 3rd July

Parliamentary Digest 29th May

A round up of what's going on in the Bundestag, Bundesrat and state parliaments Sectors in trouble: aid demanded https://twitter.com/blnensemble/status/1265283083944824835 Post-corona theatre seating = lower sales The Culture and Media Committee heard that cultural organisers in Germany are facing a "disastrous" situation due to the corona pandemic, with sales losses of up to 80 % … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 29th May

Parliamentary Digest 15th May

A round up of what's going on in the Bundestag, Bundesrat and state parliaments Second law to protect the population in an national epidemic Calendar The "Second law to protect the population in an national epidemic" or as it's known in the media, the "pandemic law," was passed in the Bundestag on Thursday and Bundesrat … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 15th May

Parliamentary Digest 24th April

Timetable The Bundestag was sitting this week. Information about what is happening in the Bundestag on a daily basis (including in committees and parliamentary questions) can be found in the 'Heute im Bundestag' section of the Bundestag website (in German) here. The timetable can be found here and agendas and sittings under 'Tagesordnungen und Sitzungsverlauf' … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 24th April

Parliamentary Digest 17th April

Sitting days and agenda The next sitting week for the Bundestag is next week, 20th - 24th April. Information about what is happening in the Bundestag on a daily basis (including in committees and parliamentary questions) can be found in the 'Heute im Bundestag' section of the Bundestag website (in German) here. The timetable can … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 17th April

Parliamentary Digest 10th April

Changes in procedures as a result of corona Parliamentary business is proceeding according to the timtetable so far, with no cancellations or prorogation. However, both the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, as well as state parliaments, adapted to the new restrictions. Smaller sessions in state parliaments were held, balanced to proportionally represent each party, and planning … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 10th April

Parliamentary Digest 3rd April

Sitting days and agenda The next sitting week for the Bundestag is planned to be 20th - 24th April; the week that schools are supposed to return after the Easter holidays (but may not, due to the corona crisis). Information about what is happening in the Bundestag on a daily basis (including in committees and … Continue reading Parliamentary Digest 3rd April