Which political party should I join?

Anyone joining a political party should have a German passport

All parties except the CDU also accept foreigners, although they have no right to vote. That doesn't make sense, says Gunnar Schupelius.

The ballot planned by the SPD raises questions. 436,000 members have to decide whether their party should participate in the federal government or not.

It will depend on this vote whether Germany gets a workable government. The SPD members make a fateful decision.

All party members are entitled to vote, including minors and foreigners. These members do not have the right to vote. Because only those who are 18 years of age and have German citizenship are allowed to vote in the Bundestag. But they can still decide whether Germany gets a new government. Is that in order?

Not really. Because who is not allowed to vote, why should he be allowed to decide the fate of the country? According to the Basic Law, the parties are responsible for forming political will. You provide the political staff. So they should only include those who can actively participate in politics.

But that's not the case. The only party that has such rules is the CDU. It only accepts Germans who have reached the age of 16. Also EU foreigners. It is based on the municipal electoral law in Germany that EU citizens are entitled to, even if they are under 18 years of age.

Foreigners who come from outside the EU and want to join the Union cannot become members, but “work as guests in the party”, as stated in the CDU's statutes. This is a charming, plausible and comprehensible order that none of the other parties has at its disposal.

The Greens do not state any age limit as a condition for membership, the SPD and the Left state that they are 14 years of age, the FDP and AfD are 16 years of age. All five do not make German citizenship a requirement, not even the AfD. According to the statutes, it only excludes applicants who were or are members of an extremist group.

It may be that it does not play a major role in everyday life whether the parties accept foreigners as members or not. Nationwide, only two percent of SPD members are currently without a German passport. But the topic is of fundamental importance. We should already be clear about what we want and to whom we put responsibility for our country in the hands.

Nobody can vote for the Bundestag without being a German citizen. Nobody can become a minister without a German passport. That's right, because a state, just like a state territory, also consists of a state people. Both must be clearly defined, otherwise the state will no longer exist.

Anyone who immigrates to Germany and wants to get involved in politics should first take on citizenship and then join a party. One after another.

You can find more from Gunnar Schupelius here.

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