The number of calls for orders in the German Bundestag is at its highest level in decades. Since the 2017 election, the Bundestag has counted a total of 19 calls for orders, the Augsburger Allgemeine reported , citing an existing list of the Bundestag administration and parliamentary minutes. This means that there were more calls for orders within three years than in all four previous legislative periods combined.
This year alone, the Bundestag presidency called for order eleven times and issued four reprimands against MPs. According to the report, most of the regulatory measures were taken in connection with the AfD. Either they were directed directly against MPs from the right-wing populist party or they were spoken against members of other groups who responded with interjections to AfD speeches, Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki (FDP) told the Augsburger Allgemeine .
In the past few months, AfD parliamentarians have aimed "to make the parliamentary institutions and procedures contemptible through targeted provocations," criticized the FDP politician. To counteract this, the rules of procedure must be applied consistently. Every single one of the calls for orders was obviously justified, "because so far none of them has been contested in court".
The Bundestag's chairman calls for orders and reprimands against members of parliament for improper conduct. In earlier times, however, things were much more hearty in the Bundestag than today. For the tenth parliamentary term from 1983 and 1987, when the Greens were represented in the Bundestag for the first time during the term of office of Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl (CDU) and often mixed up parliamentary activity, the Bundestag statistics recorded 132 calls for orders and twelve reprimands, according to the Augsburger Allgemeine .