The German Bundestag in Berlin. (Symbolic photo) © IMAGO/Revierfoto
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed the law on the controversial electoral reform. However, the Bavarian CSU wants to take legal action against it.
Munich/Berlin - The controversial electoral reform to reduce the size of the Bundestag can come into force. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed the law on this. This was announced by the Office of the Federal President this Thursday (8 June) in Berlin. The law now only has to be published in the Federal Law Gazette. However, it is already clear that it will be reviewed by the Federal Constitutional Court.
Controversial electoral law reform: CSU wants to sue in Karlsruhe
The CSU-led state government of Bavaria has already decided to sue in Karlsruhe. And the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag wants to have the constitutionality reviewed with an abstract lawsuit for judicial review. The CDU/CSU, but also the Left, feels disadvantaged by the reform and considers it incompatible with the Basic Law.
The law was passed by the Bundestag in March with the votes of the traffic light parliamentary groups SPD, Greens, FDP and some AfD deputies. In May, it passed the Federal Council. Subsequently, it was subjected to the usual legal examination in the Office of the Federal President. (dpa/pm)