Parties and their electoral programs for the 2019 European elections: CDU / CSU, SPD, AfD and others
In the 2019 European elections, 41 parties are in Germany. Here you will find the election programs of the major parties in the overview.
Munich – The 2019 European elections are coming up. Between 23 and 26 May EU citizens can vote. When the polling stations open in one country depends on the particular tradition. In Germany, Sundays are always chosen. So we can vote on May 26th. The Dutch can already vote on Thursday (23 May), the Czechs are two days to vote available.
In Germany, 41 parties and groups are voting for the European elections. The voter can cross one of them on the European elections ballot. We present to you the programs of the parties that are currently represented in the 16 national parliaments or in the Bundestag – including their top candidates for the European elections.
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This is how the 2019 European elections work for parties in Germany
Unlike the elections to the Bundestag and Landtag, there is no restriction clause for the parties in the European elections. Already a small share of the vote is enough to be allowed to move into the parliament. However, there is a hurdle in dividing the seats: from a 0.5 percent vote share, one party receives a seat.
In the European elections in Germany, anyone who has had their main residence in Germany for at least three months and is at least 18 years old may vote. Who is eligible to vote, receives in advance his election notification by mail and can take, among other things, the details for absentee voting in the European elections. The conditions for voting in the 2019 European elections are not uniform in the EU.
In the European Parliament, the national parties are united in European parties. This results in groups with, for example, a liberal, conservative or social-democratic orientation. In their actions, they formulate a consensus from the programs and positions of the national parties, which in turn can form political groups. In the current legislative period, there are ten European parties in the European Parliament
Elective program of the CDU / CSU for the 2019 European elections
For the first time, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) are entering a joint election program for the European elections. With the Lower Bavaria Manfred Weber, they also have a common top candidate. Weber is also the leading candidate of the European People’s Party (EPP). She is the European party of Christian Democrats.
The program of the CDU and CSU is entitled “Our Europe makes strong. For security, peace, and prosperity “. The core of the program is to protect the EU through the threat posed by populists and nationalists. It also states: “Our Europe keeps the door to the European Union open to Britain.”
Migration is also an important factor. On the one hand, the European external borders should be better protected by the increase of the border protection agency Frontex by at least 10,000 persons. On the other hand, the European Union is campaigning for the European elections in 2019 with the aim of preventing illegal migration by acting against gangs of smugglers.
How the run-up to Manfred Weber and Frans Timmermans got together can be found in the live ticker for the first European election TV duel.
The election program of the CDU / CSU for the 2019 European elections in the text.
Electoral program of the SPD for the 2019 European elections
The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and Katarina Barley are top candidates in the European elections in 2019. The current Minister of Justice is the first politician to give up a post in the German Federal Government for a mandate in the European Parliament.
The SPD is titled “Come together and make Europe strong” in the 2019 European elections. The focus is on social issues, taxation of large corporations and a feeling of long-lasting peace. It is important for the SPD that Britain remains a strong partner in Europe, even after the EU’s exit. The expansion of the EU also plays a role: “We stick to the accession perspective for the countries of the Western Balkans.”
The chapter on immigration and refugee policy is entitled “humanitarian and solidarity”. The SPD is also in favor of protecting the European external borders and combating tug gangs. The causes of flight should be combated through fair trade and development cooperation.
The European top candidate of the Social Democrats is Frans Timmermans from the Netherlands.
The election program of the SPD for the 2019 European elections in the text.
Election Program of Alliance 90 / The Greens for the European Election 2019
For the party Alliance 90 / The Greens Ska Keller and Sven Giegold compete as top candidates. Both are already represented in the European Parliament in the current legislative period. Ska Keller is also a leading candidate of the European Green Party (EGP).
Already in November 2018, the Greens have their election program for the European elections in 2019 decided. It is titled “Renewing Europe’s Promises.” With the right impetus in the areas of taxation policy, climate protection, and world trade, the EU’s position is to be strengthened and the alliance of nations strengthened. “The European Union can boost confidence in its democratic institutions. It can fight the climate crisis. It can help to ensure that the strength of law applies, not the right of the strongest, “the election program states.
The party opposes unilateral armament of the border protection agency Frontex. She pleads for legal alternatives to escape, so that asylum seekers no longer have to be in the hands of smugglers to get to safety.
The election program of Alliance 90 / The Greens for the 2019 European elections in the text.
Electoral program of the FDP for the 2019 European elections
Nicola Beer is the top candidate of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) for the European elections in 2019. Beer is a member of the Bundestag and secretary-general of the party.
In its 2019 European elections program, the FDP is committed to “using Europe’s opportunities” for a new structure in the EU. If it goes after the party, the parliament is no longer to be in two locations days. “We Free Democrats want to end the” traveling circus “of the European Parliament between Strasbourg and Brussels,” is a demand. Parliament should make its own decision on where to get its seat. Likewise, the party is in favor of constituting a European Convention that can launch a common constitution.
The Free Democrats want the European border agency Frontex to be developed into a “genuine border guard authority”. The party calls for Frontex staff and powers of action to be strengthened. Reliable protected external borders created the conditions for open internal borders. An open internal market, according to the election program, is a cornerstone of the EU. The party stands in the European elections with the aim of creating a unified asylum, refugee and immigration law in Europe.
The election program of the FDP for the 2019 European elections in the text.
Electoral Program of the Party The Left for the European Election 2019
The party The Left will appear in the 2019 European elections with Özlem Alev Demirel and Martin Schirdewan as top candidates. Schirdewan is already in the European Parliament, Demirel is not.
Under the title “Europe only in solidarity” the party goes into the race for the mandates. An important requirement is to establish a free public transport system. “In order to stop climate change, we urgently need investments in renewable energies, bus and rail as well as energy efficiency”, is a passage from the election program. In addition, public agencies should be allowed to expropriate homeowners if they are vacant. This is how a non-profit housing market should emerge.
If it goes to the left, the European border protection agency Frontex is to be dissolved. The party calls for a civil European maritime rescue program to be established instead. In addition, opportunities should be created to enable asylum seekers a legal and safe entry. The focus on the left is also to deprive smugglers of the basis for their business.
The election program of the party left for the European elections 2019 in the wording.
Elective program of the AfD for the 2019 European elections
The alternative for Germany (AfD) sends Jörg Meuthen as a leading candidate in the European elections in 2019. Meuthen took the place in the European Parliament of Beatrix von Storch, which has been exercising its mandate in the Bundestag since November 2017.
The AfD is very skeptical about the construct of the European Union. It demands either the withdrawal of Germany from the Verbund or even its complete dissolution. The European Parliament should also be abolished when it comes to the party. “We see the legislative competence exclusively in the nation states, but advocate an intensification of intergovernmental cooperation of the member countries and the conclusion of multilateral treaties,” is the claim in the election program.
For the AfD the border protection agency Frontex does not fulfill its tasks but does the opposite. Bringing refugees into distress to Europe is a support to the party’s illegal immigration. Last but not least, this is also an aid service for smugglers.
The electoral program of the AfD for the 2019 European elections in the text.
Election program of the Free Voters for the European Election 2019
In the summer of 2018, the Free Voters elected Ulrike Müller as the top candidate for the European elections. Müller already moved to the European Parliament after the last European elections in 2014 for the party.
The Free Voters Program for the 2019 European Election is titled “Our Homeland Europe”. In it, among other things, the party advocates that important areas of care remain in public hands. “Drinking water, sewage, electricity, gas, waste disposal and many other basic services are vital and must not become an uncontrollable business model of private providers,” is a demand. Free voters also want to promote strong participation by citizens in Europe.
The party wants to strengthen the European external borders by expanding the border protection agency Frontex. This will allow internal borders to remain open. Likewise, the Free Voters call for a fair distribution of refugees to all member states of the EU.
Smaller parties participating in the 2019 European elections
These parties will join the European elections in 2019, but are currently not represented in any German parliament:
- Pirate Party Germany (Pirates)
- Party Human Environment Animal Welfare (Animal Protection Party)
- National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD)
- Family Party of Germany (Family)
- Ecologically Democratic Party (ÖDP)
- Labor Party, the rule of law, animal welfare, elite support and grass-roots democratic initiative (The Party)
- From now … Democracy through a referendum (referendum)
- Bavaria Party (BP)
- German Communist Party (DKP)
- Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD)
- Socialist Equality Party, Fourth International (SGP)
- Alliance C – Christians for Germany (Alliance C)
- Liberal Conservative Reformer (LKR)
- Action Animal Protection Party – THE ORIGINAL (TIERSCHUTZ her!)
- Alliance for Human Rights, Animal and Nature Conservation (Animal Welfare Alliance)
- Alliance for Innovation & Justice (BIG)
- Alliance Basic Income (BGE)
- Democracy DIRECTLY! (The directs!)
- Democracy in Europe – DIEM25
- The third way (3rd way)
- The horrors – for all generations (the horrors)
- The Rights – Party for Referendum, Sovereignty and Homeland Security (The Rights)
- Violets (Violets)
- European party LOVE (love)
- Feminist Party Women (Women)
- Gray Panther (Gray Panther)
- Human World (Human World)
- New Liberals – The Social Liberals (NL)
- Ecological Left (ÖkoLinX)
- Party of Humanists (The Humanists)
- Party for the animals Germany (party for the animals)
- Party for Health Research (Health Research)
- Volt Germany (Volt)
European Elections 2019: Election programs of the parties simply compare
If you are still unsure which party you want to vote for, the free election O-Mat for the 2019 European elections can be of help. Your choice decision should not be based solely on the results. Take the opportunity to find out more about the parties and their programs. The outcome of the 2019 European elections, which informs you on the election evening about forecasts and extrapolations, will tell you how the election actually came about.
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