FromRobert Bashe2:2448/44.0Date Write2018-06-13 19:27:22
ToGerrit Kuehn0:0/0.0Date Arrived2018-06-13 20:50:10
SubjKeeping it private
Gerrit Kuehn wrote to Robert Bashe on Wednesday June 13 2018 at 18:12:

RB>> Of course. All I have to do is look at the German Bundestag to
RB>> realize that. Ever hear of "Fraktionszwang"? That means a
RB>> representative MUST vote according to the recommendation of his/her
RB>> group in parliament, regardless of his/her personal conviction.

GK> Which does not exist by law in Germany. Please read Art. 38 of the
GK> Grundgesetz, it clearly states that all representatives are free.
GK> No-one "MUST vote" according to any group.

C'mon Gerrit. You aren't _that_ naive ;-)

Just because there is no LAW doesn't mean there is no pressure to vote with the
fraction. And you know as well as I that anyone who broke ranks and voted
against the fraction would have a hard time getting a good "Listenplatz" in the
next election.

For those unfamiliar with German politics, the national elections give the
voter two votes: one for a person, and one for a party. The party vote then
determines who is elected (assuming a candidate does not win with the personal
vote, which happens, but is less common). The party then decides who is at the
top of the list, and who is at the bottom. Those at the top of the list nearly
always get into parliament, those at the bottom only rarely. So it's importent
for a candidate to get a "good" plece in the list, since otherwise the chances
of being elected vanish quickly. Tghus, the party has a way of pressuring
candidates to vote the party line.

GK> Sure, if you're constantly voting against the majority of your party,
GK> they'll think twice before they support you running on one of their
GK> lists next time. No big wonder, ain't it?

Of course not. Why do you attempt to dispute that, citing "law"?

Cheers, Bob

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