Berlin (dpa) - CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt expects an early agreement with the SPD in the dispute over an electoral law reform.
"As a CDU / CSU, we have made a proposal that limits the size of the Bundestag and includes all the elements that are currently under discussion that can be used to organize such a limitation," said Dobrindt of dpa in Berlin. "Therefore I have the hope that we can also reach an agreement with our coalition partner, the SPD, in the near future."
He also expected that there would be an agreement with the SPD in the next few weeks about "that we will not put a limit in 2025, but already in 2021," said Dobrindt. He expects the legislative process to be completed in September. The Bundestag will meet from September 7th for the first regular session week after the summer break.
According to Dobrindt, an approval of the Union compromise for an electoral reform would lead to a sustainably smaller Bundestag. The limitation elements would "not only work for the next or the next election period," he said. The Union proposal would mean “a fundamental reform of the electoral law and a limitation of the Bundestag, which also has a lasting effect and ensures that the risk of a self-expanding Bundestag is contained for all further elections”.
A political understanding with the SPD is now necessary, said the CSU politician. "Then preparatory work can be carried out to reduce the number of constituencies, so that this is ready for decision in parliament in September." An agreement with the opposition is also possible. The Union proposal has “all the essential elements that other parties have always formulated in the past. Namely: reduction of the constituencies, uncompensated overhang mandates, the distribution of the mandates between the federal states. »
A reduction in the number of 299 constituencies nationwide to 280 would, according to Dobrindt, lead to the dissolution of two constituencies in Bavaria. However, the number of constituencies affected is significantly higher, since all neighboring constituencies are affected. Overall, the reform will result in changes in about ten Bavarian constituencies. The main idea of the Union proposal is to reduce the number of constituencies from 299 to 280 and to no longer compensate seven overhang mandates by means of equalization mandates.
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