Giffey wants to set the voting age to 16 - and criticism from the CSU

the Federal family and youth Minister, Franziska Giffey calls for a reduction in the General voting age to 16 years. "I am convinced that young people are 16 i

Giffey wants to set the voting age to 16 - and criticism from the CSU

the Federal family and youth Minister, Franziska Giffey calls for a reduction in the General voting age to 16 years. "I am convinced that young people are 16 in the position to make a responsible choice. We should give them this opportunity," said the SPD politician of the German press Agency in Berlin.

"Young people want to have a say, be involved and even make. That is all well and enlivened the debates in our country. You know what is important for their future, and many also want to contribute," said Giffey. "Their point of view on political and social developments must be taken seriously and be taken into account." dpa/Kay Nietfeld/dpa youth Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) calls for more political participation.

scepticism from the CSU to Giffey-proposal

CSU General Secretary Markus flower, however, was skeptical. "It has been proven that election are coupled to right and coming of age," he said of the dpa. The full criminal responsibility, the possession of a driving Licence and other rights and obligations linked to the age of 18. "This is the right scale for the right to vote, as the Supreme law in a democracy." A decoupling would be inconsistent. "The youth today is not so engaged and for how long. The climate movement has shown that political participation is in many ways possible, without the need for the choice would have to be changed," said flower.

50 years Ago, on 31. In July 1970, was replaced by a basic change in the law in force, which lowered the voting age for Federal elections by three years. In article 38 it is called since then: "shall be entitled to vote, who has attained the age of eighteen years; selectable is, who has reached the age of majority." This step the German Chancellor, Willy Brandt (SPD) had announced in his government Declaration on taking office in 1969, under the Heading "More democracy" car.

your house has a set already on many occasions for the political involvement of young people, said Giffey. "The voting age in state, Federal and European elections to 16 lower, would be an additional strong Signal with noticeable effect: for the development of the young people themselves as well as for the future openness of our society." Experience in Scotland showed that the acceptance in the population waxes for the voting age to 16, if it is introduced only once.

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Updated Date: 30 July 2020, 05:26

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