Saturday, November 27

▷ Younger, more feminine, more diverse / In front of the Bundestag are enormous …

26.10.2021 – 19:00

Central Bavarian Newspaper

Regensburg (ots)

The new President of the Bundestag, Bärbel Bas, who is still largely unknown nationwide, admitted yesterday that she had not applied for the post – after all, the second highest in the state – and certainly not ripped off about it. But the parliamentarian from Duisburg said yes at the crucial moment. Actually, an SPD gentlemen’s group had agreed on Rolf Mützenich as the new President of Parliament. But the women in the parliamentary group went against the back room decision on the barricades – and enforced one of their own. Good this way.

The previous SPD health expert Bas is only the third woman at the top in the history of the Bundestag. After the two fighters Annemarie Renger from the SPD and the Union politician Rita Süssmuth. Bas stands for newly awakened female power and at the same time for the fact that the German parliament has become more feminine. Apart from the Union parliamentary group, the AfD anyway, the proportion of female MPs has happily increased – or if it does not have to be female MPs in accordance with gender languages. After the first German Chancellor, who watched the opening from the visitors’ gallery, this is a good sign for the gender equality that is finally taking hold in the Bundestag. It should actually be completely normal that in politics – as in the rest of society – women are represented in the same way as men. Seen in this way, the newly elected Bundestag has taken a small step towards normality. But unfortunately it is still a long way from having arrived there. Overall, the proportion of women increased by just four to 35 percent.

Parliament has not only become a little more feminine, but also younger and more diverse. 95 of the new representatives of the people are under 35. More members of the Bundestag have a migration background, as it is called in official German. That means that you or your parents or grandparents have come to Germany from abroad. The Bundestag also shows whether integration works – or not. It doesn’t matter where a member of parliament or a member of parliament comes from, whether woman or man, younger or not that young anymore – what matters is what politics he or she does. And in this respect the 20th German Bundestag faces enormous challenges like perhaps never in the past seven decades. Nothing less than an ecological and at the same time socially compatible restructuring of our industrial society is on the agenda. And for this, young people, who will feel the effects of their current politics for many decades to come – one way or another – are just as important as somewhat older MPs with perhaps more years of experience under their belt. Helmut Kohl would say: What matters is what comes out at the back.

In addition, the corona pandemic, which has not yet been overcome, will demand parliament, the sometimes sleepy digitization “down to the last milk can” as well as the housing shortage and rising rents, especially in metropolitan areas, or the galloping energy prices. This Bundestag has a lot to do. And in the next four years it must also regain the trust of the citizens that was gambled away in the past.

One thing the new parliament should not become, however, a well-oiled voting machine for the – emerging – traffic light government. Instead, a self-confident body in which the best solutions for Germany are fought openly, controversially and fairly. Parliamentary antics, such as those organized by the AfD yesterday, are not one of them.

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Original content from: Mittelbayerische Zeitung, transmitted by news aktuell

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