Germany’s grand coalition agreed late on Tuesday to electoral reforms aimed at reducing the number of lawmakers in the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament. After lengthy negotiations, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), their Bavarian sister party the CSU, and the Social Democrats (SPD) all agreed on a two-stage model that would begin next year and reduce the number of constituencies from 299 to 280 by the 2025 election. The move would hopefully see the growth “dampened,” CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said. The bloated Bundestag currently houses 709 lawmakers, making it the largest democratic chamber in the world. The only Parliament that holds more is the Chinese National People’s Congress, which has 2980 deputies. Read more: Germany seeks electoral reform to avoid XXL Bundestag Without the alterations, it was feared that more than 800 lawmakers could be crammed into the Bundestag after next year’s elections. Germany’s major political parties — What you need to know Christian Democratic Union (CDU) The CDU has traditionally been the main center-right party across Germany, but it shifted toward the center under Chancellor Angela Merkel. The party remains more fiscally and socially conservative compared to parties on the left. It supports membership of the EU and NATO, budgetary discipline at home and abroad and generally likes the status… Read full this story
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