September 02, 2021

A Comparison of Election Programs

Europe, Security, Climate: The Key Issues of Germany’s 2021 Federal Election

With September’s federal election looming, take a closer look at the positions of Germany’s main political parties on Europe, foreign policy, climate, security, and geo-economics. Here, DGAP offers a comparison of the election programs of the CDU/CSU, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, SPD, and FDP as well as Die Linke and AfD.

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Wahlprogramme 2021

Topics of this Comparison of Election Programs

Click on the following topics to read and compare the ideas that the CDU/CSU, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, SPD, FDP, Die Linke, and AfD are pursuing in each area.

 

Click below to access the original source material:

Link: You find the election program of the Christian Democrats (CDU) here
Link: You find the election program of the Social Democrats (SPD) here or a short election program overview in English here.
Link: You find the election program of the Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) here.
Link: You find the election program of the Liberal Party (FDP) here or the short election program in English here.
Link: You find the election program of the Left (Die Linke) here or the short election program in English here.
Link: You find the election program of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) here.

 

DISCLAIMER: These are machine translations of German texts into English.

 

European Union

Healthcare Policy

 

  • Pandemic response has highlighted lack of concerted action at European level 
  • Create emergency capacity for supply-critical agents through government stockpiling 
  • Strengthen German and European independence and bring value chains of sovereignty-critical medical products back into the EU 
  • Examine which measures can be considered to ensure that supply-critical medicinal products are available in sufficient quantities in the EU in the event of a crisis (e.g., amendment of European public procurement law)

Common European Health Policy

  • Building on the success of the Corona vaccines, pool all resources in the fight against Alzheimer's and cancer and establish a European health union; this should pool and intensify cutting-edge research 
  • Improve pandemic preparedness; therefore, complete work on the Health Union quickly 
  • Strengthen the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Medicines Agency
  • Constructively accompany the establishment of a European Health Emergency Agency (HERA)
  • Work to speed up the development of "notified bodies" responsible for reviewing new medical devices in the EU 

Vaccination Management

  • Ensuring the supply of vaccines and crisis-relevant medicines and medical devices 
  • To this end, constructive support for the establishment of a European Health Emergency Agency (HERA)
  • Here, reducing the EU's dependence on third countries 
  • Incentives from research to reimbursement for new anti-infectives and vaccines
  • Examine whether German public procurement law can be amended to require pharmaceutical manufacturers to use active ingredients produced in the EU in the production of supply-relevant medicines in particular

 

 

  • Develop public health systems, improve access to medicines and vaccines, provide health education, and strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Need system that ensures production, supply and distribution of medicines and medical devices; no shortages as during pandemic 
  • Commitment that medicines developed here are not expensive and in short supply in developing countries 

Common European health policy

  • Create a sovereign European health union with a resilient health economy and strong civil protection mechanism; crisis-proof European health authorities with wide-ranging powers and resources
  • Promote procurement of essential medical supplies 

Vaccination Management

  • EU to establish vaccination quota for refugees 

 

 

  • Promote the development of vaccines, medicines and medical devices more strongly
  • If public funding is significantly involved in research, attach clear conditions to funding regarding transparency of research costs, fair pricing and equitable access worldwide
  • Public services, good healthcare and education must be strengthened in all European member states

Common European health policy

  • The production of medicines and medical products should be promoted - in European cooperation - and the supply, e.g. with respiratory masks, should be ensured by own production sites
  • More common strategy and coordination, for example through joint planning and use of
  • medical emergency capacities or through a European early warning system and the joint collection and use of relevant data
  • Rapid development of HERA 
  • Strengthening the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control; closer cooperation with national health authorities

 

 

  • Take measures to encourage the manufacture of pharmaceuticals back to Germany and the EU (reduce bureaucracy, examine investment subsidies)

 

 

  • Drugs developed through taxpayer-funded research must be made available royalty-free for replication
  • Establish a global primary health care system with access to the best available therapies
  • Transfer public service companies, such as pharmaceutical and medical companies or energy companies, into public (or cooperative) ownership and ownership forms 

Vaccination Management

  • Scandal that under the German Council Presidency an internationally unequal distribution of Covid vaccines was enforced 
  • Solidary pandemic control worldwide instead of vaccination nationalism and favoritism of the Global North
  • Release patents of the Corona vaccines
  • Publicly funded research should be released to poorer countries and generic producers on social terms through Equitable Licensing (the socially responsible exploitation of patents)
  • Proposal of the establishment of a public vaccine production (in the sense of Regional Vaccine Manufacturing Hubs), globally coordinated by WHO and UN 
  • Worldwide establishment of public vaccine production necessary

 

 

  • AfD health policy builds on existing German health system
Rule of Law

 

  • Transparency of European legislation for citizens is one of the foundations of the EU; must become more democratic and closer to the citizens
  • Right of initiative for the EP 
  • Introduction of an electoral law with a blocking clause for the next European election to prevent fragmentation of the EP 
  • Strengthening the principle of top candidates 
  • Reduction in the size of the Commission
  • Commitment to new dialog formats on the rule of law and consistent punishment of violations, up to and including the cancellation of EU funds and the withdrawal of voting rights

 

 

  • EU to become the world's most modern democracy
  • Commitment to protecting the rule of law 
  • Rule-of-law dialog and rule-of-law mechanism have made EU more defensible; commitment to its consistent implementation and tougher sanction options 
  • Completion of the EP's co-decision rights including a genuine right of initiative
  • Creation of a common electoral law for the election of the European representation of the people 
  • Promotion of civil society cooperation through special fund for democracy and rule of law 

 

 

  • Cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime needs an independent judiciary and fair criminal proceedings in all EU member states 
  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to be enforceable
  • enforceable against the nation states
  • Stronger cross-border cooperation between police and judiciary: through joint European police teams, by upgrading Europol to a European Criminal Investigation Office, and through closer judicial cooperation between the member states, also with the help of Eurojust and in the fight against fraud affecting EU finances with the EU's anti-fraud office OLAF and the
  • European Public Prosecutor's Office using state-of-the-art analytical methods
  • Ambitious transposition of the EU directive on whistleblower protection into national law

Democratic Deficit

  • Goal: strengthen EU parliamentary democracy 
  • Parliament and Council to decide on an equal footing with the Council, right of initiative for the EP, strong budgetary power
  • Commission elected by EP on proposal of Commission President; constructive vote of no confidence possible 
  • MEPs elected via EU-wide, transnational lists
  • Develop EU citizenship into European citizenship, so that EU citizens enjoy the same rights and obligations in the member states in which they live
  • EU citizens who have their permanent place of residence in Germany should also be able to vote in state and federal elections in the future
  • Majority decisions involving the EP in all areas where the unanimity principle still applies; the goal is to expand the European institutions into a bicameral system
  • EU citizens should be able to call for European Future Conferences or citizens' initiatives, which can also suggest a reform of the treaties 
  • More transparency: commitment to deadlines
  • in legislation by which a public debate must have taken place in the Council; all governments must present their current position on the Council Presidency's proposal
  • Substantially develop access to EU documents 
  • Mandatory lobby register, stricter waiting periods when switching between politics and business, and introduction of a "legislative footprint," controlled by sanctionable independent ethics authority

Rule-of-Law Mechanism

  • Rule-of-law mechanism must be used immediately; municipalities and regions as well as NGOs
  • should then be able to receive direct funding from the EU
  • The annual rule-of-law report should be followed by concrete measures, including infringement proceedings and non-payment of subsidies
  • Needs substantial progress in Art. 7 procedures 
  • All member states to join the European Public Prosecutor's Office in receiving new EU funds and publicly account for subsidy recipients 
  • Advocate for a stronger instrument to sanction violations by authoritarian member states 
  • Strengthen minority rights such as preservation of language, culture and identity, and naming rights in the EU
  • Consistently oppose attacks on academic freedom in states like Hungary and counter them with the rule of law mechanism

 

 

  • Transposition of the EU Directive on the Protection of Whistleblowers into National Law 
  • Institutional reforms for more transparency and efficiency 
  • Effective rule of law mechanism; control of states among themselves through Art. 7 TEU not proven 
  • EP election according to uniform electoral law with cross-state lists and top candidates 
  • Commission President to be the leading candidate with a majority in the EP 
  • EP can censure Commission President by majority vote and elect another person instead 
  • Reduce Commission to a maximum of 18 Commissioners with clear and easily identifiable portfolios
  • Right to propose Commissioners lies with Commission President, must be confirmed by EP 
  • Council and its subgroups should meet in public

 

 

Democratic Deficit

  • European Parliament to have right of initiative
  • European Parliament to take fundamental decisions instead of Commission, Council or Eurogroup
  • Members of the European Parliament should elect Commission President and Commissioners
  • European Council works intransparently; must be obliged to be transparent
  • Respect subsidiarity principle
  • Enable EU-wide referendums and citizens' decisions; lower high hurdles for citizens' initiatives
  • EU transparency register and a transparency regulation
  • Expand and strengthen European anti-fraud agency OLAF

Rule-of-law Mechanism

  • The state of democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU should be regularly evaluated and violations sanctioned; needs binding force for compliance

 

 

  • EU steadily accelerating wheel of de-democratization
Fiscal Policy

 

  • Harmonization of employee share ownership rules in the EU 

Reform of EU Financial Policy

  • European financial market regulation (taxonomy), sustainability reporting and supply chain legislation require precise global competition analyses, especially for SMEs 
  • ESM, banking and capital markets union to be further developed and completed 
  • In order to complete the banking union, it is imperative that existing risks be reduced; we reject bailing out banks from tax revenues or communitarizing the assumption of liability
  • In all changes at EU level, the special features of the proven German three-pillar system of private, public and cooperative banks must be preserved; must not restrict credit supply to small and medium-sized enterprises 

Monetary Union

  • Commitment to the independence of the ECB; monetary and fiscal policy must be separated, therefore no monetary state financing 
  • Digital euro as fast, simple and secure means of payment; must only supplement cash

EU Budget

  • Budget funds must be used primarily for measures that create European added value; focus on European tasks for the future
  • Structural funds should be used to support reform processes and innovations
  • ESM, banking and capital markets union to be further developed and completed 
  • Need orderly procedures for crises, including insolvency proceedings for states
  • Rapidly reinstate the fiscal rules of the Stability and Growth Pact and the Fiscal Treaty after the Corona pandemic and develop them further without watering them down
  • Restrict discretionary powers in the deficit procedure and strengthen the principle of conditionality; violations of the stability criteria must be sanctioned consistently 
  • Stronger role of the EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner, especially in enforcing the stability criteria; country-specific recommendations should target key areas

Digital Tax

  • Commitment to European financial transaction tax; must not burden small investors

 

 

  • Common corporate tax base in the EU; taking into account the special features of the German corporate landscape 
  • Aim for a German or European stock exchange modeled on NASDAQ; so that fast-growing technology companies do not have to migrate to the U.S. 

Reform of EU Fiscal Policy

  • Further development into a true fiscal, economic and financial union
  • Creation of a strong European capital market through Capital Markets Union and completion of Banking Union 
  • Advocating for overcoming the unanimity principle in tax matters and ending tax dumping within the Union

EU Budget

  • Further development of the Stability and Growth Pact into a sustainability pact
  • Taxation of large digital corporations, CO2 border tax and new revenue from emissions trading for fairer and more independent financing of the EU

Digital Tax

  • Introduction of a financial transaction tax - if possible with European partners
  • Conclude international negotiations to introduce effective and fair minimum taxation of digital companies

 

 

  • Enforce the public sector's withdrawal from investments in fossil energies if no reliable steps are taken for a sustainable transformation of the companies behind them
  • Climate and environmental risks should be disclosed and backed by equity in banks and insurance companies, and taken into account in ratings
  • All investments, not just green ones, must have a sustainability rating that is transparent to all investors; for this, BaFin needs robust ESG supervisory authority
  • Uniform certification of sustainable financial products at the European level
  • Reform Stability and Growth Pact in a way that prevents too much pressure to cut and privatize and further increases future investments in all member countries
  • Ambitiously implement international minimum tax rates for large companies in Germany and the EU; tough EU rules against the abuse of letterbox companies; introduce a common assessment basis for corporate taxes in the EU and a minimum tax rate of 25% in the medium term without exceptions; advocate an internationally binding set of rules that sets minimum standards for the tax obligations of companies and states, and strengthen the UN Tax Committee
  • Move to majority decision-making in the EU on tax issues as well; if this does not succeed, first work together with individual states 

Reform of EU Fiscal Policy

  • EU to have a sustainable investment fund as an instrument for sustainable fiscal policy; fund stabilizes in the event of a crisis and invests in European public goods such as climate, research, digital infrastructure, railroads and education; must be designed in such a way that it cannot be blocked by individual countries in the event of a crisis and strong control by the European Parliament is ensured 
  • Banking union is completed by a common deposit guarantee as reinsurance

Monetary Union

  • Support for the ECB's initiative to create a digital euro
  • Strictly reject the undermining of the monetary monopoly by private currencies of powerful conglomerates; needs clear rules
  • Stand by the ECB's independence; at the same time, welcome the ECB's debate on its new monetary policy strategy; sensible that all monetary policy measures take into account the impact of the climate crisis on monetary and financial stability; how it strengthens the European Green Deal with its environmental and social objectives as the EU's guiding economic policy strategy is for it to decide independently
  • Develop € into a credible international reserve currency; should become the international means of payment in future markets such as investment in climate protection; create secure European assets in which the world can save
  • Further develop the European Stability Mechanism into a European Monetary Fund; countries will receive conditional short-term credit lines to avert speculation against individual states in advance
  • Reduce the burden on the central bank through a common and more anti-cyclical fiscal policy
  • Reduce imbalances jointly in surplus and deficit countries and take economic and fiscal policy decisions as a community

EU Budget

  • Strengthen EU budget by providing it with its own revenues; EU should receive revenues from Carbon Border Mechanism, taxation of plastics and digital corporations and, if possible, also financial transactions 
  • EU budget funds should in future also increasingly be provided directly to municipal and local civil society actors

Digital Tax

  • Introduction of a national digital tax, since it has failed at the European level for the time being
  • Make speculation and short-termism unattractive through, among other things, an EU-wide financial transaction tax with a broad tax base
  • Curbing harmful high-frequency trading

 

 

Reform of EU Fiscal Policy

  • For a uniform EU corporate tax base; against permissibility of tax deals 
  • Commitment to an efficient European banking market characterized by competition and diversity of business models; modern banking regulation that ensures a level playing field for all market participants
  • EU regulations on the establishment and strengthening of national deposit insurance schemes should be complied with; creation of a uniform European deposit insurance scheme is rejected
  • Stability and economic pact effectively suspended due to Corona to be reinstated in full after the crisis and reformed by tightening sanctions against countries that persistently violate the principles of public budget management

Monetary Union

  • Transform the ESM into a European Monetary Fund (EMF) to depoliticize the supervision of euro bailout programs 

EU Budget

  • Rapid return to a debt-free EU budget; rejection of a debt union
  • Introduction of additional EU taxes is not compatible with the European treaties and is rejected

 

 

  • Align ECB with the goal of promoting good and meaningful work, full employment and socio-ecological transformation of the EU; ECB must provide lending programs to enable public investment banks to support and invest in the climate-neutral transformation of the economy by 2035 

Reform of EU Fiscal Policy

  • Stability and Growth Pact curtails democracy in individual member states and locks them into neoliberal fiscal policies; EU needs an investment offensive without handbrakes
  • Call for debt cuts and meaningful investment programs for Europe's poorer regions
  • Deficit and debt rules must be adjusted
  • Needs an EU-wide minimum tax rate for companies with broad and uniform tax bases
  • Call for common minimum standards for taxation of large assets and top incomes
  • Tighten fight against tax evasion; revoke licenses of banks operating in tax havens

Monetary Union

  • Without compensatory measures, the euro as a common currency of very different economic areas increases the imbalance between the rich states in Northern and Western Europe vis-à-vis the states in Southern Europe; must build a fair and common European economy instead of continuing the competition fight
  • ECB must be committed to the common good instead of the criterion of competitiveness
  • ECB to guarantee solvency of member states by being obliged to be lender of last resort; inflationary risk does not exist because ECB remains committed to its inflation target
  • EU treaties to be amended to allow ECB to provide sovereign financing
  • ECB should be democratically controlled by the European Parliament instead of being at the mercy of the influence of financial lobbyists
  • ECB must not continue to buy bonds of companies with high CO2 emissions and thereby undermine climate protection

EU Budget

  • Money from the EU budget must be reallocated: Instead of military rearmament, it must be invested in solidarity-based and ecological projects for the future
  • In view of the challenges posed by Corona and climate catastrophe, the EU budget must be expanded by issuing European bonds; 1 to 2 trillion euros required for the European investment and spending program
  • EU needs a socio-ecological investment program; EU financial resources must be expanded and used specifically for the economically weaker countries, regions, industries and for future tasks
  • The EU Commission's powers to control and steer the allocation of funds must be limited and the European Parliament must be more closely involved; democratic control of the use of EU funds must take place at the European level; no more cutbacks must be imposed in the process 

Digital Tax

  • European own resources are needed, for example from a financial transaction tax

 

 

  • Today, socialist joint liability, transfer payments, EU debt as well as forbidden state financing and economic policy of the ECB contrary to its mandate, which is contrary to the treaty and not democratically legitimized.
  • All sureties, guarantees and money gifts (facilities, Next Gen. EU, ESM,...) are illegal as well as EU taxes 

Reform of EU Fiscal Policy

  • ECB policy leads, among other things, to the destruction of funded pension systems, retention of companies that are no longer marketable in the market, capital misallocation, economic damage, destruction of bond markets, ...; violates EU law 
  • Cessation of all ECB measures to manipulate the free market
  • No government financing by the ECB 
  • No secret and highly ideological economic policy via "Green Deal" and bond purchases 
  • End of zero interest rate policy and ECB bond purchase programs 
  • Call on the Bundesbank to lobby the ECB to change the voting modalities in the Rules of Procedure with regard to the voting rights of the members of the ECB Governing Council; reject the principle of rotation
  • Put an end to the hitherto tolerated overutilization of the Target 2 clearing account; claims on the Bundesbank must be reduced, settled, subject to appropriate interest and backed by collateral

Monetary Union

  • The idea of a single currency has failed 
  • Re-introduction of national currencies is solution to systemic euro crisis 
  • Against digital currencies issued by central banks, as a gateway for the creeping abolition of cash; BReg is preparing the abolition of cash with the ECB and IMF, which would result in full surveillance right down to the most intimate areas of life
  • Exit from the transfer union and reintroduction of a national currency (if necessary with parallel retention of the euro or an ECU-like more flexible unit of account)
  • Transfer of the entire German state gold to Germany in order to be secured against the euro currency crisis

EU Budget

  • Immediate cessation of all EU borrowing, allowed only at national level
  • No de facto communitization of debt
Neighborhood Policy / Enlargement Policy

 

  • Principle: Deepening before enlargement 
  • Internal cohesion of the EU must not be weakened by the admission of new members; candidate countries must fully meet all accession criteria 
  • Intensify ties between the Western Balkan states and the EU

 

 

  • Growing influence of other states requires a realigned neighborhood policy in Southern and Eastern Europe 
  • Expanding the EU-Africa partnership economically and politically
  • Integration of the countries of the Western Balkans 

 

 

  • Taking on more responsibility in the direct neighborhood

EU Enlargement / Planned Accessions

  • For concrete progress in the integration of the Western Balkan countries
  • Actively support necessary reforms in democracy, rule of law, fight against corruption, and inclusion and protection of minorities, especially Roma
  • Progress in Serbia-Kosovo dialogue essential
  • Reconciliation processes and political and judicial processing of war crimes must be strengthened
  • Clear rejection of ethnic border shifts or discrimination
  • Visa liberalization for Kosovars
  • Opening of the first EU accession chapters for Albania and northern Macedonia
  • Creation of a civil society with equal rights for all citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Eastern Partnerships

  • Supporting people fighting for democracy, rule of law and human rights in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus
  • Strengthen democratic and socio-ecological transformation processes in the region, within the framework of the EU's Eastern Partnership and bilaterally, for example by linking more funding to the sustainable implementation of reforms
  • Keep EU accession open to EU-associated countries in the Eastern Partnership
  • Support democratic civil society and independent local media
  • More exchange between East and West
  • Advance judicial reforms

Mediterranean Sea

  • New Mediterranean policy that realizes development potential for the region
  • Challenges: Terrorism, authoritarian regimes, state collapse
  • Making the Mediterranean a plus-energy region with ambitious energy partnerships

 

 

  • Current and future EU accession candidates should commit to democracy and human rights without reservation; applies in particular to Turkey
  • Turkey's current government must implement the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, guarantee democracy and freedom of expression, end the persecution of the democratic opposition and release all imprisoned parliamentarians and mayors of the opposition Kurdish party HDP

 

 

  • Strict rejection of EU enlargement
  • Privileged partnership with countries of the Western Balkans; especially security cooperation with regard to migration issues
Social Europe / Social Union

 

  • Within the framework of the "European Pillar of Social Rights", especially globally active corporations should be made more socially responsible and structures of social partnerships should be created and expanded

Common Unemployment Benefit Scheme

  • Rejection of a European unemployment, pension or health insurance system; social security systems are the responsibility of the member states

Common Workers' Protection Standards

  • EU should focus on basic standards for employee rights as well as health, environmental and consumer protection standards
  • Rejection of European unemployment, pension or health insurance; social security systems are the responsibility of member states
  • Simplify recognition of professional qualifications and improve portability of occupational pensions between EU member states to further promote worker mobility

 

 

  • Implementation of the European child guarantee (child poverty) 
  • Strengthening the European Youth Guarantee (youth unemployment); increasing full-time jobs for young people that are subject to social security contributions and of unlimited duration
  • Commitment to implementing the EU gender equality strategy, breaking the deadlock on Women on Board and the EU's Paytransparency Directive 
  • Advance efforts for pay transparency law to expose gender pay inequality at the European level 

Common Unemployment Benefit Scheme

  • Advocate for permanent European unemployment reinsurance
  • Advocate for minimum standards in national basic social security systems 

Common Workers' Protection Standards

  • Welcome proposal for a legal framework for European minimum wages 
  • Enforcement of labor law and protection of seasonal workers urgently needs to be improved 
  • Agreement on binding social standards in all trade, economic partnership and investment agreements and concrete complaint and sanction mechanisms; workers' rights are not considered discriminatory practices 
  • Strengthening European works councils, including through the right to collective action and collective bargaining

 

 

  • Expand European Monetary Union into a Social Union 
  • Advocate for EU-wide guarantee of European social and labor standards; must have the same status as economic freedoms of the internal market
  • Advocate for a European directive on basic social security, which would set minimum social standards for each country, depending on their economic situation
  • Long-term goal: make the social rights enshrined in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights enforceable as fundamental rights against the member states before the European Court of Justice

Common Unemployment Benefit Scheme

  • Introduction of a European unemployment reinsurance scheme

Common Workers' Protection Standards

  • Advocacy at European level for an ambitious EU directive on equal pay
  • Country-specific minimum wages
  • Continuation of the European short-time work program introduced during Corona
  • Strengthening European works councils; further safeguarding co-determination in cross-border companies

 

 

Common Workers' Protection Standards

  • Demand for all citizens in the EU social rights and minimum wages that secure existence
  • Unequal living conditions force young people in particular to migrate; no one should be excluded from social benefits for this reason
  • The principle of "equal pay for equal work in the same place" must be enshrined in law to prevent wage dumping
  • All people working in Germany and the EU should be well insured; social insurance from day one
  • Statutory minimum wages amounting to at least 60% of the median wage in the respective country
  • Minimum regulations required to protect and promote collective agreements and trade union rights
  • Restore and expand co-determination rights and rights of trade unions and employees alike; therefore, together with the European Trade Union Confederation, call for the introduction of a European framework directive to safeguard corporate co-determination

 

 

  • Efficient social system belongs in the hands of the nation states; rejection of the weakening of the unanimity principle in the area of social policy
Cohesion and Structural Policy

 

  • Want to create a uniform, common legal framework for existing and future European universities; improve recognition of degrees and scientific exchange 
  • Use the next decade to achieve close infrastructural links with Central and Eastern European neighbors, such as those between Germany, France and the Benelux countries; for a "cross-border networking and infrastructure development" program
  • For better European high-speed rail traffic; Europe-wide connections at day and night; for this, accelerate line construction
  • Expansion of exchange programs
  • Free Interrail ticket for every 18-year-old
  • Double funding for Erasmus+
  • Introduce legal form of a European association to strengthen civil society across borders
  • Strengthen cooperation especially with neighboring Central and Eastern European countries; especially scientific relations

European Recovery and Resilience Plans

  • European debt assumption by Next Gen. EU is temporary and one-off; is not and must never be an entry into a debt union; rejection of the communitization of member states' debts or risks

 

 

  • The German language must be given equal legal status to the procedural languages English and French in the EU institutions.
  • Support considerations of a media platform that makes quality content of public service media accessible to all citizens across borders; also accessible for partnerships with museums and cultural institutions
  • Turn the EU Reconstruction Fund into a permanent integration fund

 

 

  • Offer fast sprinter trains and night trains that connect all major European cities at an affordable price
  • More stays abroad for students and trainees; increased funding for programs such as ERASMUS+; target: at least 10% of trainees should be able to spend time abroad
  • Media libraries of public broadcasters
  • should be made permanently accessible and interlinked at European level, with appropriate remuneration for authors
  • Introduction of a European public service media platform; Europe-wide high-quality content - free of advertising, open and multilingual; through cooperation of the national public broadcasters; free of
  • any political influence
  • Introduction of an EU-wide law on associations and non-profit organizations
  • Further develop the concept of European Universities 
  • Strengthen town twinning for more Europe-wide cooperation, expand INTERREG programs for cross-border cooperation and promote Euregios and Eurodistricts through less bureaucracy and more flexibility 

European Recovery and Resilience Plans

  • Make the newly created reconstruction instrument permanent and transform it into a permanent investment and stabilization instrument under the control of the European Parliament

 

 

  • Economic development of all members after the Corona crisis as a goal 
  • European innovation policy to specifically benefit weaker regions 
  • Consistent implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration on the recognition of qualifications within the EU 
  • Expansion of Erasmus+ and Education Worldwide; Erasmus for teachers 
  • Establishment of a German Vocational Exchange Service as a counterpart to the DAAD 
  • Establishment of a European Digital University (EDU), which bundles e-learning offers of the participating EU universities and thus improves educational mobility
  • Proven instruments such as "Horizon 2020" or the European Innovation Bank are to be made more powerful 

European Recovery and Resilience Plans

  • Temporary debt financing by Next Gen. EU must be one-time and time-limited
  • Introduction of additional EU taxes is not compatible with the European treaties and is rejected

 

 

 

  • Advocating for a Europe-wide night train law; by 2030, all major European cities must be accessible by long-distance train on a coordinated interval timetable 

European Recovery and Resilience Plans

  • Particularly negligent that investments and health spending were cut from the reconstruction package
  • Rejection of the fact that the allocation of funds from the EU reconstruction fund is tied to conditions that in effect turn the recommendations of the EU Commission within the framework of the European Semester into regulations
  • EU has cut Just Transition programs from 40 billion euros to 17.5 billion euros - reconstruction cannot succeed this way; want to strengthen the Just Transition Fund 

 

 

  • Re-introduction of the tried and tested diploma and master's degree programs; Bologna process has led to more schooling of studies

European Recovery and Resilience Plans

  • So-called Corona recovery pact takes transfer union to a new dimension; contradicts treaties and promises of German politicians, will also result in descent of all European economies 
  • Introduction of EU taxes under the "recovery funds" must be prevented; raising taxes must be a national competence 
  • Limitation of Corona-related spending programs and associated debt to a necessary level
Conference on the Future of Europe

 

  • Conference is a departure for fundamental reforms of the EU
  • Should be used for a sovereignty offensive
  • Treaty changes are not a goal in themselves, but a possible instrument to make the EU more capable of acting
  • Subsidiarity as a guiding principle for Europe
  • Want more majority decisions in Europe with greater use of bridging clauses for faster decisions and decisive action

 

 

  • Offers great opportunity to strengthen European public opinion and develop reforms together with citizens 
  • Next step on the way to a Federal European Republic 
  • Results of the conference are to be implemented within the framework of European legislation up to and including treaty amendments 

 

 

  • Supports conference; to focus on key policy areas that are of long-term common relevance 
  • Wants to make EU more robust in dealing with pandemics, develop Europe as a continent of opportunity and mobilize it as a driver of progress; reform EU institutionally to make it closer to citizens and more capable of action
  • This also includes treaty changes
  • After the Convention, convene a constitutional convention to give the decentralized and federally structured Union a legally binding constitution with a catalog of fundamental rights and strong institutions
  • Decision on constitution in a joint European referendum; to create basis for federal and decentralized European federal state
  • Until then: integration through "multi-speed Europe"

 

 

  • Treaties of Maastricht and Lisbon have inscribed neoliberalism in the foundations of the Union; demand for new treaties to make the EU more social, just and ecological
Miscellaneous

 

  • Further expand, simplify and strengthen the German government's European policy coordination
  • Expand impact assessment at European level

 

 

  • Expanding the scope for action of municipalities in the European Union and protecting services of general interest from the pressure of liberalization

 

 

  • Fundamental reform of EU agricultural policy; consistently link payments to scientifically based environmental and social criteria and animal welfare

 

 

  • Commitment to a Europe of fatherlands that cooperates where it is possible to shape things better together, in particular free trade with fair competition; expansion into a state structure counterproductive 
  • Federal government does not fulfill its duty to oppose treaty violations and self-empowerment by EU institutions 
  • Withdrawal of Germany from the EU and foundation of a new European economic and interest community
  • Renationalization of EU agricultural policy; has so far done more harm than good

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International Order and Multilateral Organizations

International Order

 

  • States like China and Russia systematically undermine human and civil rights, force states into political and economic dependency and want to divide Europe
  • Global system competition is real and sometimes leaves only the choice between the frying pan and the fire
  • Prefer rules-based, multilateral cooperation to informal formats
  • Make international policy feminist; must always be included in bilateral and multilateral negotiations; needs gender analyses for individual country contexts at regular intervals and close cooperation with feminist actors; work with civil society and academia to develop binding guidelines for a feminist foreign policy for the German government
  • Decolonize international relations; clearly name colonial injustices and assume responsibility
  • Democracy offensive; partnership of countries, civil society groups and parliamentarians
  • Create a judiciary that prosecutes environmental crimes independently and across borders

 

 

  • Advocate for and strategically coordinate common values of the "Alliance of Democracies," particularly within the UN and other multilateral organizations, especially in system competition with China

 

 

  • Effort to promote forces for democracy, equality and social justice instead of making deals with dictators; therefore, support for progressive social movements from Kurdistan to Western Sahara to Colombia

 

 

  • Strict adherence to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states
Human Rights and Discrimination

 

  • Strengthening human rights mechanisms
  • Enforce right to religious freedom worldwide; persistently advocate for persecuted Christians

 

 

  • Commitment to EU-wide ratification of the Istanbul Convention
  • Europe should be a pioneer in international crisis prevention, peacebuilding and human rights
  • Strengthening the institutions of the Bundestag and the German government that deal with human rights 
  • Commitment to EU-wide outlawing of discrimination against LGBTIQ*
  • More consistent recording and punishment of discriminatory crimes (racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, anti-LSBTIQ*, etc.)
  • Demand consistent application of the UN Convention on the Rights of Women
  • Counter anti-gender movement
  • Consistently use EU human rights sanctions regime; incl. entry bans and freezing of accounts 
  • Implement obligations under Istanbul Convention (further develop counseling centers, women's shelters, protection facilities; etc.) 
  • Legal entitlement to counseling and protection for women affected by violence 
  • Strengthen the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency and modernize the General Equal Treatment Act 
  • Establishment of a focal public prosecutor's office to prosecute anti-Semitism and racism in Germany

International Criminal Justice

  • Strengthening the ECtHR 
  • Strengthening possibilities for global criminal prosecution 
  • Strengthening the ICC
  • EU accession to the ECHR 

 

 

  • Not only demand compliance with and protection of human rights from others, but also measure up to them themselves
  • Protection of self-determination of women and girls as a cross-cutting task; education and health as key 
  • Protect rights of minorities inside and outside the EU 
  • Establish a National Council for Peace, Sustainability and Human Rights; for strategic and coherent action in all departments and policy areas
  • Introduce a sustainability and human rights vetting process for proposed legislation; check for compatibility with UN sustainability and climate goals and human rights conventions
  • Strengthening the rights of indigenous communities
  • German missions abroad in particularly affected countries should establish human rights officers as a point of contact for human rights activists and introduce interdepartmental systematic reporting on the human rights situation in the country
  • Issue humanitarian visas to persecuted human rights defenders more quickly and more frequently; expand newly established Elisabeth Selbert Initiative to temporarily host them
  • Advocate at the international level for civil society initiatives and their strengthening of protection instruments and institutions such as special rapporteurs 
  • Implement recent UN-level declarations and recommendations on the protection of human rights defenders 
  • Advocate for the protection and targeted promotion of human rights defenders from EU member states
  • Expand individual trauma counseling for victims of human rights violations and war crimes
  • Use of all diplomatic means to ensure that the Istanbul Convention is applied
  • Structural endowment of the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid 
  • At least double the financial resources of the National Agency for the Prevention of Torture and the German Institute for Human Rights
  • Advocate for the global implementation of the Yogyakarta Principles for the protection of LGBTIQ*
  • Adoption of the 5th anti-discrimination directive 
  • Advance EU action plan against racism nationally and internationally 

International Criminal Justice

  • German criminal law offers possibility of conviction of war criminals also in Germany; to this end, expand capacities at BKA and Federal Prosecutor General's Office 
  • Improve investigations in cases of sexualized violence and reform the Code of Criminal Procedure where it does not yet take into account the special features of international criminal proceedings
  • Make companies liable under civil law for the most serious human rights violations
  • Politically and financially strengthening the ICC and other institutions such as the UN Mechanism for the Investigation and Prosecution of the Most Serious War Crimes in Syria (IIIM)
  • Advocating for all states to accede to the Rome Statute of the ICC

 

 

  • Commitment to a society free of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and homophobia 
  • Diplomatic commitment to freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law are an indispensable part of a successful and credible foreign policy
  • Want to make internet freedom and digital human rights new foreign policy priorities
  • Advocate for strengthening LGBTI rights and abolishing discriminatory laws 
  • Alleged "LGBT-free zones" in Poland are not compatible with European values 
  • Fast and comprehensive implementation of the Istanbul Convention and UN Women's Rights Convention 
  • Strengthen position of women in crisis and conflict management; position women in leadership and key positions in UN, EU and federal government
  • Ambitious implementation of Res. 1325 UNSC (women, peace, security)
  • In the event of tougher penalties against LGBTI people in countries, Germany must put development cooperation to the test in dialogue with NGOs and, if necessary, cancel budget support/end cooperation 
  • Demand LGBTI convention on UN level 
  • Same-sex marriages within the EU should be recognized with all rights and obligations

 

 

  • Strengthen women's and girls' rights, especially health (sexual and reproductive rights) and education
  • Germany must actively advocate for the release of political prisoners; end arbitrary criminalization of progressive movements, including by NATO allies and authorities here at home
  • Stand in solidarity with the persecuted whistleblowers Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden or journalists like Julian Assange
  • Implement the Istanbul Convention consistently and fully; reverse restrictions made by the German government during ratification 

International Criminal Justice

  • Want the federal government to sign the Additional Protocol to the International Covenant on Human Rights so that individuals have the option of appealing to the UN
  • Bring destroyers of the environment, climate and biodiversity to justice; introduce the crime of ecocide into German criminal law and the Rome Statute
  • Strengthen international criminal jurisdiction to enforce human rights globally
  • Anchor the right to peace in international law
  • Accession of the EU to the ECHR; fundamental social rights must be enforceable for individuals at the European
  • Court of Justice 

 

 

  • So-called anti-discrimination laws must be rejected 
  • Decision about abortion must be up to parents, but AfD refuses to declare killing of unborn a human right 
  • Equality of men and women a high good; quotas for women constitute discrimination
Civil Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding

 

 

  • Strengthen women and girls in particular in all approaches 
  • Expect close cooperation from partner countries in combating the causes of flight and illegal migration (e.g. readmission of own nationals)
  • Close cooperation with churches and NGOs
  • Expansion of the Center for Peace Operations (ZIF) 
  • Establishment of a highly professional team of peace emissaries for conducting negotiations 
  • Focus on diplomacy and dialogue as well as international cooperation; revitalize multilateral action - also together with NGOs and civil society 

 

 

  • Europe should be a pioneer in international crisis prevention, peacebuilding and human rights.
  • Call for the consistent implementation of UN Resolution 1325 "Women, Peace, Security
     

 

 

  • Guided by the UN concept of the Responsibility to Prepare, Protect and Rebuild 
  • States are equally obliged to expand instruments for prevention, crisis response and post-conflict rehabilitation and reconstruction of war-torn societies
  • Increase human and financial resources for civil crisis prevention and make them more predictable in the long term by reforming the law on allocations
  • Guidelines "Preventing Crises, Managing Conflicts, Promoting Peace" to be supplemented by a reconstruction plan with civilian planning goals 
  • Build a reserve of EU mediators and experts in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and mediation
  • Provide greater support to local civil society approaches and actors in peacebuilding
  • Expand the Civil Peace Service (ZFD); strengthen the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF); strengthen peace and conflict research; increase the endowment capital of the German Foundation for Peace Research and strengthen the newly established faculty of the German Police University and other academic institutions (especially in terms of personnel and by making them permanent)
  • Communicate the successes and opportunities of civil crisis prevention and conflict transformation to the general public through public communications
  • Support international UN missions that contribute to stability, protection of civilians and implementation of peace processes; address resource and capability gaps in the field and significantly increase civilian and military contribution to UN missions; high proportion of women through targeted recruitment; mission needs clear and achievable mandate, balanced civilian and military capabilities and independent (interim) evaluations
Humanitarian Aid

 

 

  • Align commitment to humanitarian aid with growing needs; strengthen and expand base of international donors

 

 

  • Continuous adjustment of funds for humanitarian aid; needs-based and increasingly allocated on a multi-year basis, enables planning and flexibility 

 

 

  • Reject civil-military cooperation; civilian aid must not be linked to military measures. 
  • Invest funds currently spent on foreign missions in a civilian reconstruction and peacekeeping program. 
  • Establish civilian structures for international disaster management
Development Cooperation

 

 

  • Strengthen women and girls in particular in all approaches 
  • Continue to spend 0.7% of GDP on public development cooperation 
  • Even more intensive coordination and division of labor, especially within the EU framework, in the use of funds 
  • Commit new donors of development funds, such as China, to common standards
  • Close cooperation with churches and NGOs
  • Continue to provide adequate funding for political foundations; make important contribution to political education, strengthening democracy in the international arena and development cooperation
  • In bilateral cooperation, support people in the least developed countries to gain access to basic government services
  • Develop the Marshall Plan with Africa into a deeper institutional partnership in the form of an EU-Africa Council 
  • Link development cooperation and strategic foreign trade promotion more closely 
  • Adapt the dual vocational training system to local conditions and promote it even more strongly 
  • Strengthen Europe in the global raw materials market with sustainable development aid and offer an alternative to the Chinese Silk Road 

 

 

  • More responsibility in jointly aligned EU development cooperation by increasing EU funding. 
  • ODA quota of 0.7% of GNI; 0.2% of which for the poorest developing countries

 

 

  • Development opportunities for all as the best precaution against the climate and biodiversity crisis, conflicts, violence, hunger, flight and displacement. 
  • Keep international commitments for development cooperation, climate finance and biodiversity
  • Better dovetail humanitarian principles, civilian crisis prevention and development cooperation 
  • Removal of many Latin American countries as partner countries for German development cooperation is shortsighted; Greens want to change this 
  • Promote minorities as a focus of development policy 
  • Work internationally toward binding transformation quota and support countries of the global South in particular 
  • Achieve 0.7% ODA quota by 2025; provide another 10 billion for international climate finance 
  • Drive innovation globally through climate and development partnerships
  • Align development cooperation financially and conceptually to consistently stand up for the rights of women and girls (education, health, sexual and reproductive rights); gender justice as a cross-cutting issue 
  • Current debt moratorium for countries of the global south is correct; for a debt restructuring procedure for states based at the UN; private creditors must be legally obligated to do so; start with legislation in Germany and partner countries if not possible at the international level.
  • Advocate in the EU to prevent excessive food speculation

 

 

  • For a strengthening of European and international development cooperation. 
  • Create additional synergies through stronger cooperation and coordination with European international partners. 
  • Call for a coordinated European policy for Africa; the goal must be long-term access to the EU's internal market and the dismantling of protectionist measures; support the AU's plans to implement the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
  • Strengthen multilateral support for the least developed countries (LDCs) and make 0.2 percent of gross domestic product available by 2030 at the latest, primarily for multilateral initiatives 
  • Create a European Development Bank under the umbrella of the European Investment Bank; can be part of a joint European response to BRI 

 

 

  • Previous development policy not only failed, but an instrument of (post-)colonial oppression and exploitation; development cooperation must be oriented to the needs of people in poorer countries - instead of continuing to be oriented primarily to the interests of European companies
  • For just economic relations, sustainable development cooperation and multilateralism based on solidarity
  • Rejection of the interlocking of development and security policy in the sense of so-called border protection and migration control
  • Criticism of the cessation of development cooperation with Cuba; advocacy for a resumption of development cooperation with Cuba
  • Prohibition of speculation with foodstuffs; prohibition of patents on seeds; the WHO should no longer be responsible for food trade, but the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Right to water and food for all; strengthen local food markets and agro-ecological farming methods that preserve farm diversity and protect plant and animal life; end abuse of agricultural development programs by transnational corporations
  • Development funds must no longer be misused as investment incentives for German or international capital; discontinue initiatives such as the Marshall Plan with Africa or Compact with Africa 
  • Strengthen public and civil society structures for development cooperation; end undemocratic influence of private foundations and large investors as well as public-private partnerships
  • Strengthen the instrument of budget support
  • Increase development cooperation to the amounts pledged
  • Debt cut and a sustainable debt relief initiative for all countries of the Global South whose debt burden is unsustainable; force private creditors to participate
  • Need insolvency procedures for countries 

 

 

  • For development policy that takes account of German security and economic interests 
  • Development policy based on the principle of ownership, respect for the right of states to self-determination and respect for the cultural identity of all partners
  • View of German and European development policy on the population explosion in Africa 
  • Success of German development policy through strict demand orientation, priority for long-term cooperation; financial contribution of at least 51% by partner countries mandatory; regular evaluations 
  • Due to limited funds, limit projects to selected countries (oriented to German interests); criteria are corruption index, efforts in education, handling of previous projects, disclosure of state revenues (especially mineral resources), contribution of the country to regional stability 
  • Granting of development aid linked to the repatriation of migrants who are obliged to leave the country
  • To implement these points: EU reform to return development policy entirely to the national level of member states
Multilateral Organizations

 

  • Advocating for the establishment of a global fund for basic social protection systems

 

 

  • Improve Germany's representation in international organizations and strengthen commitment
United Nations

 

  • UN and its organizations are fundamental for managing international tasks; must therefore become more capable of decision-making and action
  • Agenda 2030, Paris Agreement and human rights as guiding principles of the Union 
  • Strengthen arbitration possibilities of the United Nations in international climate protection 

 

 

  • SPD policy in Europe committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda 
  • Support a UN agreement on business and human rights 
  • Demand the consistent implementation of UN Resolution 1325 "Women, Peace, Security 
  • Call for consistent application of the UN Convention on the Rights of Women 
  • Reform of the UN is urgently needed 
  • Ratification of the Additional Protocol to the United Nations Social Covenant in Germany 
  • Establishment of a global tax coordination office at the UN and OECD in the fight against global corporate profit reduction and relocation

 

 

  • International cooperative and active policy within the UN framework
  • Support international operations within the UN framework that contribute to stability, the protection of civilians and the implementation of peace processes; use of force as a last resort
  • Policy based on SDGs, Paris Climate Agreement, international human rights norms and rights-based international order
  • Advance implementation of Agenda 1325 "Women, Peace, Security" within Germany and internationally 
  • Take up French initiative to codify international environmental law 
  • Enshrine the right to a clean environment in a UN General Assembly resolution
  • Substantially strengthen Germany's and the EU's commitment to the UN in terms of funding, personnel and diplomacy, improve coordination and consistently implement international agreements in national and European policy
  • Adapt Security Council and other organs to 21st century realities 
  • Implement recent UN-level declarations and recommendations on the protection of human rights defenders 
  • Politically and financially strengthen the ICC and other institutions such as the UN Mechanism for the Investigation and Prosecution of the Most Serious War Crimes in Syria (IIIM) 
  • Ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Social Covenant, the UN Migrant Workers Convention, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Small Farmers - long overdue in Germany 
  • Support and advance the process for a UN agreement on business and human rights (so-called Binding Treaty)
  • Create a criminal offense of enforced disappearance in Germany to address the shortcomings in the implementation of the International Convention against Enforced Disappearances 
  • Commitment to strengthen UN technical committees and special rapporteurs 
  • Current debt moratorium for countries of the global South correct; for UN-based debt restructuring procedure for states; private creditors must be legally obliged to do so; start with legislation in Germany and partner countries if not possible at international level 

 

 

  • UN urgently needs to be reformed, especially UNSC 
  • Agenda 2030 is mankind's most comprehensive attempt to date to bring the various aspects of sustainable development into a globally unifying system of goals
  • Advocate and strategically coordinate common values of the "Alliance of Democracies", especially within the UN and other multilateral organizations, particularly in the system competition with China
  • Germany must ensure sustainable multilateral cooperation by providing reliable funding for the UN's specialized agencies
  • Expand the consensus of R2P 
  • Demand LGBTI convention at UN level 

 

 

  • The UN lacks money everywhere: makes it dependent on the support of private companies and foundations, which primarily pursue their own interests; undermines the neutrality of the UN 
  • Return to the UN Charter; strengthen and democratize the UN
  • Rich countries must finally meet their payment obligations, especially to the sub-organizations
  • Support for the call for a global ceasefire
  • Proposal to establish public vaccine production (in the sense of Regional Vaccine Manufacturing Hubs) , globally coordinated by WHO and UN 
  • Strengthen the General Assembly vis-à-vis the Security Council; therefore reject a German seat in the Security Council
  • Countries of the Global South need more influence; strengthening of ECOSOC; exclusive forums such as the G7 should be merged into it 
  • UNCTAD should be strengthened vis-à-vis WTO
  • Increase basic contributions to reduce influence of private actors
  • UN expenditures for military operations must be redistributed in favor of funds for hunger reduction, peaceful conflict management and civil crisis prevention
  • Implement UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security 

 

 

  • AfD is committed to the values of the UN Charter and international law; in particular, the right of peoples to self-determination must not be undermined by the agendas of IGOs, NGOs and global corporations 
  • The UN must be reformed in such a way as to take account of the changing weightings in the world 
  • Abolition of the enemy state clause directed against Germany
  • Abrogation of the UN Migration Pact and the UN Refugee Pact 
NATO

 

  • NATO Backbone of Euro-Atlantic security; full commitment to NATO
  • Europe continues to need U.S. nuclear umbrella; Germany's participation in nuclear sharing is an important component of credible deterrence; necessary financial resources must be made available for this purpose
  • Goal: By 2030 at the latest, the Bundeswehr should provide at least 10% of NATO's military capabilities
  • Explicit commitment to NATO's 2% target
  • Need more political unity in the EU and NATO and more capability for credible deterrence and resilience to meet challenges from Russia
  • NATO is a community of values; Turkey must contribute to collective security as a NATO member and fulfill commitment to security consultations
  • Strengthen NATO's European pillar; contribute to the implementation of the NATO 2030 concept and NATO's orientation for the next generation 

 

 

  • NATO central pillar of European security, but in parallel EU must also become stronger in terms of defense policy

 

 

  • NATO suffers from diverging security interests within the alliance, including interstate conflicts; lacks a strategic perspective
  • NATO nevertheless still an indispensable actor 
  • Advocate, as part of the ongoing strategic process, for a repositioning of NATO and, building on this, for a debate on fair burden-sharing and balanced participation of member states 
  • 2% target is not based on capabilities and enablement and therefore does not provide an answer, therefore rejected by Greens; advocate for a new target definition that is not abstract, national and static, but based on common tasks, and will seek discussion with NATO partners about it 
  • Also: stronger cooperation and coordination with European NATO partners such as Great Britain and Norway 

 

 

  • Clear commitment to NATO 
  • Support for the NATO decisions of Wales and Warsaw
  • Development of a new Strategic Concept including a clear strategy for dealing with China and cooperation with partners in the Indo-Pacific

 

 

  • NATO is a relic of the Cold War and still acts that way today; need détente with Russia instead of further escalations and troop deployments
  • NATO arms spending $1.1 trillion vs. $61. billion by Russia; not about threat prevention 
  • Rejection of the enemy image designations of China and Russia in NATO and EU strategy papers
  • Rejection of presence of German soldiers abroad under NATO responsibility (as for example in Lithuania) 
  • Also "war on terror" of NATO countries has not brought security 
  • Rejection of maneuvers such as Defender 2021; against any presence of German soldiers east of the Oder-Neisse border 
  • NATO construction of a space center at Ramstein base for "defense in space" has an offensive background; Left rejects militarization of space (by all states)
  • Nuclear sharing within NATO must be ended; no combat flight carrier systems must be provided or acquired for this purpose 
  • Demand dissolution of NATO and replacement by a collective security system including Russia with the central goal of disarmament
  • Advocate that Germany withdraw from the military structures of NATO and that the Bundeswehr be taken out of NATO's supreme command
  • Stop plans to expand the military training area Oberlausitz for the escalation policy in Eastern Europe
  • Immediately stop support for NATO countries which, like Turkey, disregard international law
  • Close all foreign military bases in Germany

 

 

  • Membership in NATO and an active role in the OSCE central elements of the AfD security strategy
  • In line with U.S. demands for fair burden sharing and European aspirations for a greater say in NATO, it is in Germany's interest to strengthen the European pillar of NATO
  • NATO must once again become a purely defensive alliance, therefore limit NATO's area of operations to alliance countries 
UN-Security Council (UNSC)

 

  • Permanent seat of the EU in the UNSC

 

 

  • Reform of the UN is urgently needed
  • Permanent European seat 
  • Adequate representation of the Global South in the UNSC 

 

 

  • Adapt Security Council and other bodies to 21st century realities 
  • Abolish veto in the long term 
  • In the case of the most serious crimes against humanity, a veto should be accompanied by a justification and an alternative proposal as an intermediate step 
  • If the UNSC is blocked in the case of the most serious human rights violations, the GA should be able to adopt peace-enforcing measures in its place in accordance with the "United for Peace" resolution with a qualified majority under Chapter VII of the UN Charter 

 

 

  • UNSC urgently needs to be reformed and adapted to the security situation of the 21st century 
  • Permanent European seat 
  • Expansion of the R2P consensus 

 

 

  • USA, Russia and China block UNSC
  • Strengthen General Assembly vis-à-vis Security Council; therefore reject German seat on Security Council

 

 

  • Permanent seat for Germany in the UNSC
WHO (-Reform)

 

  • WHO makes important contribution; but could only insufficiently fulfill its mandate in global health due to lack of resources 
  • Strengthen WHO sustainably - financially, technically and politically 
  • Continue active support for an international pandemic treaty to strengthen global health security 

 

 

  • Strengthen WHO through a bold reform process 
  • Financial and substantial support for COVAX 

 

 

  • WHO must be provided with a broad financial base
  • Support WHO competencies in sustainable product development partnerships and across the full spectrum of diseases
  • Establish public vaccine production (in the sense of Regional Vaccine Manu-facturing Hubs), globally coordinated by WHO and UN
  • Food trade should no longer be the responsibility of WHO, but of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

 

 

  • WHO has to be fundamentally reformed to restore independence and neutrality; streamline and thus reduce contributions financed by taxpayers' money
  • Extend the definition of a pandemic to include "an enormous number of deaths and illnesses", which was valid until 2009
  • Germany should not be able to withdraw from the WHO if the reform is not enforceable according to these standards
Human Rights Council

 

  • Germany should advocate for a fact-finding mission on Xinjiang in the UN Human Rights Council
G7 / G20

 

  • Support work at G20 level to tax large international and digital corporations fairly
OECD / OSCE / Council of Europe

 

  • OECD has proven itself as an international standard setter with the Action Plan against Profit Shifting and Short-Cuts by Transnational Corporations (BEPS)
  • Commitment to fair taxation of the digital economy at OECD level; should pay taxes where they also generate their revenues

 

 

  • Establishment of a global tax coordination body at the UN and OECD to combat global corporate profit shifting and shorting

 

 

  • Strengthen and further develop European institutions such as the OSCE and the Council of Europe
  • Continue to engage the EU's eastern neighbors on the basis of shared values for an effective and strong system of collective security and support democratic civil societies on the ground; which is necessary in view of Russia's nationalist and retrograde policies that undermine Europe's security and the self-determination of Russia's neighbors
  • Attempts by authoritarian states to dominate the OSCE agenda along the lines of their interests can only be opposed together with partners 
  • OSCE needs more financial and human resources as well as active engagement on the part of the German government and participating parliamentarians
  • 12. ratify additional protocol to ECHR on anti-discrimination 
  • Commitment at the European level to the implementation of the judgments of the ECHR 

 

  • Support work at OECD level to tax large international and digital corporations fairly

 

 

  • OSCE's role in stabilizing crises in Europe's periphery has proven its worth and must be expanded 
  • Membership in NATO and active role in OSCE central elements of AfD security strategy
WTO (-Reform)

 

  • Strengthen multilateralism through reform of the WTO

 

 

  • For strengthening the WTO 
  • All instances of the dispute settlement mechanism should again have a quorum, therefore fair recognition of the development needs of both the Global South and the North
  • Strengthening through expansion of the rules, inclusion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and improvement of the enforcement possibilities

 

 

  • Reform WTO in a sustainable and fair way
  • As a first step, revive dispute settlement to curb the multiplication of trade disputes according to the law of the jungle 

 

 

  • Further develop the proven framework of the WTO in a transparent and inclusive manner
  • Rejection of national unilateralism and arbitrary tariffs
  • Commitment to unblocking WTO dispute settlement as quickly as possible, balancing the interests of industrialized, emerging and developing countries
  • At the same time: Evaluation of where WTO rules are not effective in practice
  • WTO should work to ensure that farmers worldwide can operate competitively, independent of government subsidies

 

 

  • UNCTAD to be strengthened vis-à-vis the WTO
International Labor Organization (ILO)
  • Support demand that occupational health and safety be upgraded as a core ILO labor standard
  • Implement the international agreements on protection against violence at the workplace (ILO Convention 190)

 

  • Complete the implementation of the ILO Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Make ILO core labor standards enforceable in European trade agreements

 

 

  • As the country with the world's largest surplus in trade in goods and capital, Germany must support the legally binding nature of the international ILO Convention on the Protection of Global Migrant Workers
Europol

 

  • Develop Europol in such a way that it becomes a kind of European FBI in important areas such as cybercrime or terrorism; operational powers remain with member states

 

 

  • Upgrading EUROPOL to a European Criminal Investigation Office

 

 

  • Develop Europol into a genuine European Criminal Investigation Office
IMF

 

  • The long-term goal remains the establishment of a cooperative world monetary system; IMF must be able to provide much more liquidity on an unconditional basis in crisis situations; advocate a significant increase in special drawing rights
  • IMF should also help countries of the global South to introduce and implement capital controls, and work with countries with global financial centers to do so 
  • Voting weight must shift in favor of countries of the global South; EU states should pool their voting rights

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Bilateral Diplomatic Relations

Transatlantic Relations

 

  • Strengthening the rules- and values-based international order together with the U.S. and at the same time looking to its own capabilities 
  • USA most important global political partner
  • Re-establish cooperation with our transatlantic partners and build new structures capable of action worldwide (alliance of democracies)
  • Closer cooperation also with Canada, democratically consolidated states in Latin America and the Caribbean 
  • Comprehensive transatlantic economic, trade and future area; rapid restart of negotiations 
  • Finally ratify CETA 
  • Intensify joint fight against organized crime and terrorism and closer cooperation on foreign climate policy
  • Expand exchanges at the societal level; establish a German-American Youth Office and double the Bundestag's parliamentary exchange program 

 

 

  • New start needed in transatlantic relations
    Intensify cooperation on climate protection, global health policy, trade, disarmament, and security issues, among others

 

 

  • Aligning international cooperative and active policy with transatlantic relations, among other things 
  • Transatlantic relations central pillar of German foreign policy 
  • Joint commitment to strengthening multilateralism in trade issues and health policy; also human rights protection, further development of international legal norms, global arms control and disarmament, rules-based order 
  • U.S. focus will not be Europe; EU must assume more foreign and security policy responsibility itself, especially in the security of the Baltic states and Poland 
  • Establish strong climate partnership to be inspiration and driver for social-ecological transformation
  • Reaching an understanding on how to deal with authoritarian states
  • Engage in transatlantic debate at many levels, including civil society forums

 

 

  • Convinced transatlanticists; Joe Biden's election offers great opportunities 
  • "Alliance of Democracies" of the U.S. administration offers ideal point of contact to be taken up and underpinned; avoid duplication of structures
  • Advocate and strategize for shared "Alliance of Democracies" values, particularly within the UN and other multilateral organizations, especially in systems competition with China
  • Deepen transatlantic trade relations toward a transatlantic economic area
  • "Renegotiate the "EU-US Privacy Shield
  • Strengthen the European capacity to act and the cohesion of NATO in order to place the special relationship between Europe and the U.S. on a basis that takes account of the current geopolitical upheavals
  • Do the same for NATO partner Canada; also adopt CETA as quickly as possible

 

 

  • U.S. and EU seek to assert their supremacy against Russia and China; threatens to escalate into a new Cold War; new administration also envisions confrontation to secure its own supremacy 
  • Germany to push for U.S. to rejoin nuclear agreement with Iran, and for all parties to abide by agreement
  • Stand in solidarity with persecuted whistleblowers Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden or journalists like Julian Assange 
  • Close Ramstein and other U.S. military bases in Germany; no drone warfare from German soil; terminate the Stay Treaty and Supplemental Agreement to the NATO Status of Forces or establish breach of the former by the U.S.
  • U.S. nuclear weapons must be withdrawn and destroyed immediately; no nuclear weapons must be or become stationed in Germany; federal government must not provide delivery systems and pilots for them
  • Final abandonment of TTIP, rejection of CETA and MERSOCUR agreements

 

 

  • Stable European peace order requires cooperation with both the USA and Russia
  • U.S. currently strongest ally; guiding principle must be equality of partners; U.S. sanctions against Germany are unacceptable
United Kingdom

 

  • Close partner even after Brexit
  • Will pay attention to compliance with contractual assurances (fair trade with comparable standards, preservation of peace in Ireland) 
  • Include the UK in an improved and flexible European security architecture 
  • Close cooperation in the areas of internal and external security and science 
  • Appointment of a UK coordinator for the German government 
  • Expansion of the UK connection into a German-British Youth Office; establishment of a Parliamentary Sponsorship Program of the German Bundestag 

 

 

  • Close friend of the EU even after Brexit; joint agreements as the foundation of a comprehensive partnership 
  • There must not be a race to the bottom in terms of environmental standards and employee/consumer rights 

 

 

  • Regret about Brexit; good that a new start has been created with trade and cooperation agreement 
  • Need for further efforts to prevent European standards from being eroded
  • Peace on island of Ireland must not be jeopardized 
  • Want to keep exchange of students and researchers in vocational education alive

 

 

  • Glad that hard Brexit did not happen 
  • Agreements reached, however, only establish sustainable and future partnership if agreed rules are adhered to; focus on whether UK adheres to comparable regulatory standards and does not create unfair competitive conditions 
  • Demand protection of peace and rights of citizens on both sides of the channel through full implementation of withdrawal agreement 
  • EP to be involved in further development of treaties 
  • FDP wants close foreign policy cooperation with UK 
  • Wishes to see an exchange modelled on Erasmus+ as soon as possible 
  • Door for second accession should remain open 

 

 

  • UK to remain closely intertwined with Europe after Brexit; support maintenance of relations and reject blockades and punitive measures on the part of the EU
France

 

  • Franco-German friendship elementary; has gained new momentum through the Aachen Treaty 
  • Close cooperation, especially in areas such as AI, hydrogen technology, battery cell research and security and foreign policy cooperation 
  • Strengthen understanding among each other in the "Weimar Triangle" (Germany, France, Poland), through youth exchange program between the three states and incentives for new city partnerships 

 

 

  • International cooperative and active policy along Franco-German cooperation
Russia

 

  • Work for an end to the conflict in eastern Ukraine and a return to Crimea's legitimate status under international law; as long as Russia is unwilling to do so, sanctions must remain in place
  • Need more political unity in the EU and NATO and more capacity for credible deterrence and resilience to meet challenges from Russia
  • Continue to seek dialogue and cooperation where there are common interests (climate change, economic cooperation)

 

 

  • To make joint progress in the German and European interest on issues such as common security, disarmament, climate, and pandemic control
  • Setbacks due to regular breach of international law by Russia 
  • Nevertheless, peace in Europe not possible against but only with Russia 
  • Goal of a common and coherent new European policy toward the East; prerequisite: Russia constructively willing to engage in dialogue 
  • End of sanctions dependent on implementation of Minsk agreements 
  • Promotion and expansion of civil society contacts with Russia 
  • Visa facilitation for exchanges of young people 

 

 

  • States like China and Russia systematically undermine human and civil rights, force states into political and economic dependency and want to divide Europe
  • Increasingly transformed into an authoritarian state 
  • Russian foreign policy increasingly aggressively threatens democracy, stability and peace in the EU and neighborhood through military and hybrid means 
  • At the same time, the democracy movement in Russia is growing stronger 
  • Easing of sanctions dependent on clearly formulated conditions of the EU; if necessary, tightening of sanctions
  • Demand Russian government implement Minsk agreement commitments
  • Support courageous civilian population; intensify cultural, political and scientific exchange 
  • Stop Nord Stream 2; does not contribute to climate protection, goes against EU energy and geostrategic interests, endangers EU stability 
  • Constructive climate dialogue with Russia, whereby human rights must be protected in individual steps
  • CAI currently inadequate in areas of level playing field and human rights; no approval in current form

 

 

  • View Russia's policy with great concern
  • Demand end to violence in eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea
  • Stand behind EU sanctions; in case of further military escalation; reduction only if Minsk agreement is implemented
  • Strongest condemnation of actions to physically and politically destroy prominent opposition figures such as Alexei Nawalny, mass imprisonment of protesters, and systematic restrictions on press freedom
  • The EU must not play down dangerous developments despite its willingness to engage in dialogue
  • In terms of energy policy, cooperation with Russia should focus on renewable energies, hydrogen and synthetic fuels
  • Call for a moratorium on NS2 until the Russian leadership ensures independent and comprehensive investigations into the Nawalny case and the human rights situation improves
  • Keep channels of dialogue open, especially with civil rights organizations such as Memorial
  • Facilitate travel for civil society through visa facilitation; only after Russian return to respect rule of law, civil liberties, and international law

 

 

  • Rejection of the enemy image designations of China and Russia in NATO and EU strategy papers
    Need détente with Russia instead of further escalations and troop deployments 
    NATO arms spending $1.1 trillion vs. Russia's $61 billion; not about threat defense
    In view of historical German responsibility, the Left renews its commitment to Russia and former USSR countries: Never again fascism and war from German soil
    Start negotiations on a German-Russian treaty to perpetuate reconciliation and friendship

 

 

  • Relaxation with Russia a prerequisite for lasting peace in Europe
  • Commissioning of Nord Stream 2 indispensable 
  • Resumption of talks in the Russia-NATO Council
  • Expansion and deepening of confidence-building measures (cooperation in arms control; refrain from expanding military infrastructure near areas of interest)
  • For lifting EU sanctions; for expanding economic relations 
China

 

  • Great Economic Dynamics in Asia and the Rise of China Change the International Power Structure 
  • China is a competitor, cooperation partner, but also a systemic rival
  • If necessary, stand united and strong against China together with partners, especially in the protection of intellectual property, high technology and data
  • Where possible, cooperate with China, but only within the framework of fair competition on equal terms and reciprocity 
  • Advocate for a European China strategy and joint action by the West 
  • Need firm and forceful response to China's Silk Road initiative 

 

 

  • Growing importance of Beijing makes global response to major challenges of the day hardly possible without Beijing 
  • Conflicts of interest and values are increasing; European dialogue on cooperation and competition must be conducted cohesively, constructively and critically with China 
  • Condemn serious human rights violations against Uyghurs 
  • Principle of "one country, two systems" must be upheld for Honkong 
  • View pressure on Taiwan with great concern 
  • Involve China more in all disarmament efforts 

 

 

  • States like China and Russia systematically undermine human and civil rights, force states into political and economic dependence and want to divide Europe 
  • China is a competitor, partner and systemic rival 
  • Demand end to blatant human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet and increasingly Hong Kong
  • Needs constructive dialogue with China, willing to cooperate constructively but with clear counter-strategies in place where China seeks to weaken international standards
  • Cooperation with China must not be at the expense of third countries or human and civil rights
  • Greens adhere to "one China policy" and emphasize that unification with Taiwan must not happen against the will of the Taiwanese people; at the same time, expand political exchange with Taiwan
  • Expect China to ratify ILO core standards and end all forms of forced labor 
  • EU supply chain law must deny access to the domestic market to goods from forced labor in view of human rights violations - for example in Xinjiang - just as it must hold companies liable for their products 
  • CAI cannot be approved in its current form 
  • Will work on close European and transatlantic coordination vis-à-vis China 
  • Seek joint political, economic and technological efforts on climate change, such as China's coal phase-out  
  • Use trade relations to call for fair market access for foreign investment, legal certainty and a level playing field 
  • Germany should advocate in the UN Human Rights Council for a fact-finding mission on Xinjiang and call the oppression of the Uyghurs an international crime 

 

 

  • China is a systemic competitor
  • Further develop EU-China relations despite systemic rivalry, but only on the basis of and in compliance with international law (especially UN, WTO and ILO rules)
  • CAI is first step, but still needs to be supplemented before ratification; also includes unjustified counter-sanctions against EU 
  • By interning and forcibly sterilizing members of ethnic minorities, China exposes itself to accusations of genocide; must be discussed as part of the EU-China dialogue 
  • Strongly condemn military threatening gestures against Taiwan 
  • Condemn Hong Kong's security and new election laws 
  • Action means subjugation of Hong Kong; Germany and EU must respond with personal sanctions against those responsible for breaking international law 
  • Support EU targeted sanctioning of Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations 
  • Address the Chinese government's political influence through Confucius Institutes; end government co-funding 

 

 

  • Rejection of the enemy image designations of China and Russia in NATO and EU strategy papers

 

 

  • China's increasing influence is a challenge 
  • Cooperation only under conditions of equality and fairness; requires alignment of legal framework for trade and investment 
  • Further sell-out of German and European technology must be prevented 
  • BRI is a project of the century; in order to help shape it, Germany should participate offensively in the project; not only from East to West but complementing an initiative from West to East 
  • Prevent KPC influence through Confucius Institutes; remove them from universities again
Middle East

 

  • Partnerships with states and civil societies in the Middle East; strengthening of civil societies, cooperation on climate protection and promotion of independent and sustainable economic structures - especially for young people.
  • Mediation between Iran and the Gulf states as well as efforts to mediate conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya and to prevent state collapse, corruption, social upheaval and displacement
Turkey

 

  • Turkey of great strategic and economic importance; closely linked through people-to-people contacts 
  • Set on open, critical and constructive dialogue with Turkish leadership 
  • Want to strengthen bilateral relations and civil society diversity in Turkey 
  • Turkey is moving away from the goal of political EU accession criteria; full membership for Turkey will not happen with the Union; close partnership instead
  • NATO is a community of values; Turkey, as a NATO member, must make its contribution to collective security and fulfill commitment to security consultations 
  • First rapprochement through definition of common interests and contractual agreements on their implementation

 

 

  • Concern about the Turkish government's course; principles of the rule of law, democracy and international law must be respected; urgent need to discuss them in the context of a critical intensified EU-Turkey dialogue 

 

 

  • Turkey and the EU have more in common than divides them 
  • Side with those fighting for democracy, rule of law, equality and human rights in Turkey
  • Condemn human rights violations and call for the immediate release of all political prisoners and a return to a political dialogue and peace process on the Kurdish issue 
  • Strongly reject the aggressive foreign policy of the Turkish government and call for a return to a multilateral foreign and security policy
  • Must also be addressed in NATO, especially in view of the military offensive in northern Syria, which is contrary to international law
  • Condemn the withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention and call for its reversal
  • Resumption of talks on EU accession is a political goal, but only possible if Turkey makes a U-turn
  • Turkey is not a safe third country 
  • People in Germany must never again be instrumentalized, monitored and threatened by the Turkish government and its supporters 
  • "EU-Turkey deal" undermines international asylum law, has failed and must be ended 
  • New agreement must be in line with international law, guarantee financial and logistical support on the ground, support Turkey in reception and make binding quota commitments for resettlement in the EU; Turkey must guarantee good care and integration of refugees; agreement must be debated and decided in parliament
  • Especially in difficult times, expand exchanges with democratic civil society and expand youth exchange programs

 

 

  • Turkey remains a closely networked neighbor and indispensable partner as a NATO member and with the EU; committed to a new start in relations and to reducing security tensions in the alliance 
  • Termination of current accession negotiations, as Turkey does not meet Copenhagen criteria regarding a functioning rule of law and respect for human rights 
  • Relations should therefore be placed on a new basis of close security and economic cooperation
  • Already developing economic, scientific, and civil society relations with Turkey for the post-Erdogan era 

 

 

  • Current and future EU accession candidates should commit to democracy and human rights without reservation; applies in particular to Turkey
  • Turkey's current government must implement the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, guarantee democracy and freedom of expression, end the persecution of the democratic opposition and release all imprisoned parliamentarians and mayors of the opposition Kurdish party HDP
  • Immediately stop support for NATO countries that, like Turkey, disregard international law

 

 

  • Relations difficult; Turkey is not culturally part of Europe 
  • Progressive Islamization is a cause for concern; Turkey is moving away from Western community of values 
  • Reject Turkey's EU accession; immediate end to all accession negotiations
  • Ban on construction and operation of mosques by Islamic states; end cooperation of German authorities with DITIB 
Israel

 

  • Israel's security and right to exist part of German reason of state 
  • Stand by Israel's right to self-defense 
  • Support all measures that promote peaceful coexistence and make a two-state solution possible 
  • Further develop close friendship with Israel, for example through youth exchanges, in high technology and in the promotion of start-ups

 

 

  • Israel's security part of German reason of state 
  • Together with the USA, support initiatives to revive the peace process on the basis of the Oslo agreements (two-state solution) 
  • Diplomatic rapprochements with Arab states are encouraging signals 
  • Refrain from unilateral steps on all sides; end terror on Palestinian side; democratic progress necessary in Palestinian territories; annexation plans must be rejected; settlement construction in violation of international law must end

 

 

  • Sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians a central concern of German foreign and security policy 
  • Israel's existence and security as the national home of the Jewish people with equal rights for all its citizens non-negotiable; Israeli security part of Germany's reason of state 
  • Condemn the continuing threat to Israel and its sovereignty in its neighborhood and the terror against its people
  • Criticize both the escalation of violence and measures contrary to international law, such as the annexation of occupied territories or the ongoing construction of settlements, as they stand in the way of peace and an end to the occupation 
  • Needs a two-state solution within the 1967 borders 
  • Advocate for continuation of close German-Israeli relations 
  • Advocate for elections, a democratization process, and the establishment of rule-of-law structures in the Palestinian territories; coordinate closely with the U.S. government

 

 

  • For revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process 
  • Israel's security and right to exist remain German reasons of state 
  • Israel's right to defend its people against Islamist terror is self-evident 
  • Negotiated two-state solution so far the only way to lasting security
  • Therefore, we are concerned about possible steps by Israel to annex parts of the West Bank
  • Future Palestinian state needs basis of democracy and rule of law; lack of democratic legitimacy of Palestinian leadership and blatant human rights violations are obstacles here 
  • Regular checks to ensure that aid funds from Germany or the EU are not misused for violence and terrorism

 

 

  • Advocating a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict based on two independent states of Israel and Palestine and the 1967 borders
Belarus

 

  • Stand with people of Belarus; regime must clear way for peaceful transition or face harshness of sanctions

 

 

  • Support demands for democracy and freedom; violence and repression must end
  • New elections under OSCE supervision

 

 

  • Stand with the brave people fighting for democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Belarus

 

 

  • Stands with the peaceful democratic protests in Belarus, who rightly denounce massive electoral fraud and democratic deficits 
  • Demand immediate release of all political prisoners and early new elections as a result of OSCE-mediated dialogue between opposition and rulers 
  • Observe Russian interference as worrying for Lukashenko 
  • Support for the opposition through increased information services by Deutsche Welle and financial support for civil society as well as visa facilitations 
Visegrad Group

 

  • Close Cooperation and Cultivation of Friendship with Poland Remains Central Task of German Foreign Policy

 

 

  • Support the efforts of the Visegrád countries to preserve the European identity
Balkans

 

  • For concrete progress in the integration of the Western Balkan countries. 
  • Actively support necessary reforms in democracy, rule of law, fight against corruption, and inclusion and protection of minorities, especially Roma 
  • Progress in Serbia-Kosovo dialogue essential 
  • Reconciliation processes and political and judicial processing of war crimes must be strengthened. 
  • Clear rejection of ethnic border shifts or discrimination 
  • Visa liberalization for Kosovars 
  • Opening of the first EU accession chapters for Albania and northern Macedonia 
  • Creation of a civil society with equal rights for all citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina 
(Sub-Saharan)Africa

 

  • Africa of central importance for Europe's long-term security; goal is to enable countries to fight terrorism and ensure their own security with the help of the AU in the long term 
  • African Continental Free Trade Area offers opportunity for further opening of EU internal market, for climate protection and cooperation in future technologies 
  • Develop the Marshall Plan with Africa into a deeper institutional partnership in the form of an EU-Africa Council
  • In partnership with German industry and within the framework of an external climate policy, drive forward energy transition in Africa 

 

 

  • Expanding the EU-Africa partnership economically and politically

 

 

  • EU and African states closely linked regionally and historically; differentiated view of the continent 
  • EU-Africa policy must free itself from patriarchal patterns of thought, assume European responsibility and reconcile respective interests; Germany should take on a more active role here within the framework of the EU 
  • Focus of EU-Africa cooperation: climate protection, digitalization, technology transfer, civil crisis prevention and socio-ecological transformation, as well as fair and secure migration routes
  • Rejection of unilateral Africa policies based on refugee rejection, unfair trade and agricultural policies, and exploitation of natural resource deposits 
  • Joint development of an EU-Africa strategy 
  • Increased cooperation with civil society and the cultural and scientific communities in Africa; participation of the diverse African diaspora 
  • Supporting the AU in the implementation of its Agenda 2063, the African Free Trade Area, and regional development and peace agendas 

 

 

  • Federal government and Bundestag must fully recognize the genocide of the Herero and Nama as genocide; cultural and natural objects must be returned to the countries of origin; reappraisal of colonialism, among other things, in the Bundestag's Commission of Inquiry
Iran

 

  • Advocate for Iran to comply with commitments under the JCPOA and end its ballistic missile program and aggressive role in the region

 

 

  • Resumption of talks with the U.S. administration on how to fully implement the JCPOA with Iran

 

 

  • Preservation and revival of the JCPOA can prevent nuclear arms race in the Middle East 
  • Mediation between Iran and Gulf states task of European security policy 

 

 

  • Germany should work to ensure that the U.S. rejoins the nuclear agreement with Iran and that all parties abide by the agreement
Indo-Pacific

 

  • Deployment of German frigate to the region shows presence and sends the right signal to partners 
    Expand cooperation and develop new structures capable of action with partners on the ground; especially democracies such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India and South Korea, which are committed to strengthening the rules-based international order 

 

 

  • Commitment to free and open Indo-Pacific region based on global norms and international law
  • Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan equally important partners, as strategic partnerships with India and ASEAN to be expanded 
  • Comprehensive cooperation in the areas of rule of law and democracy; strengthening multilateralism; digitalization; climate protection 
  • Strengthening civil societies a central part of the Indo-Pacific strategy 
  • Develop sustainable bilateral trade relations that are democratically and transparently established and promote public welfare interests such as climate protection and social standards 
  • Intensified dialogue on peace and security in the region 
  • Increased and concrete support for countries threatened by rising sea levels 
  • Germany's active commitment to a global EU connectivity strategy for joint infrastructure development in accordance with high quality international standards

 

 

  • Together with democratic partners (in the Indo-Pacific), devise strategy to dissuade China from threatening to take Taiwan by force
Taiwan

 

  • Adhere to "One China Policy" and emphasize that unification with Taiwan must not happen against the will of the Taiwanese people 
  • Expand political exchange with Taiwan 

 

 

  • Support Taiwan's democratic development based on the rule of law as an alternative to the People's Republic of China
  • Strongly condemn China's military threatening gestures against Taiwan 
  • Expansion of economic, scientific and civil society relations between the EU, Germany and Taiwan 
  • Developing a strategy together with democratic partners (in the Indo-Pacific) to dissuade China from threatening to take Taiwan by force
Central/Latin America

 

  • Expand cooperation and develop new structures capable of action with local partners 
  • Implement the MERSOCUR agreement, provided it can be ensured that production and product standards in agriculture in particular meet our benchmarks 

 

 

  • EU MERCOSUR agreement important, but no approval without binding and sanctionable auditing, implementation and enforcement mechanisms for environmental and social standards

 

 

  • Commitment to well-coordinated Latin America and Caribbean policy by Germany and the EU 
  • Deletion of many Latin American countries as partner countries of German development cooperation is short-sighted; should be changed.
  • Promotion of socio-ecological transformation and protection of human rights; because previous way of doing business, which naturally destroys livelihoods by overexploitation and increasingly authoritarian styles of government, threat to human rights activists 
  • Trade policy like MERSOCUR agreement must be bindingly aligned with guidelines for the protection of human rights, climate and environment

 

 

  • Conclude and ratify EU-MERSOCUR free trade agreement swiftly

 

 

  • Criticism of cessation of development cooperation with Cuba; advocacy for resumption
  • Condemn the blockade of Cuba by the Biden administration and all attempts by the U.S. and the EU to remove disagreeable governments in Latin America, such as Venezuela and Bolivia, and to destabilize them through economic sanctions
  • Demand from a new federal government that it finally backs up its words with deeds and consistently implements the EU blocking regulation of 1996 
  • Unilateral sanctions by the U.S. and EU are contrary to international law and continue to escalate the situation
  • Support the proposal to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban medical missions
  • Definitive abandonment of TTIP, rejection of CETA and MERSOCUR agreements

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Geo-Economics

Foreign Trade Policy

 

  • Strengthening Europe in the global raw materials market with sustainable development aid and offering an alternative to the Chinese Silk Road

Level Playing Field

  • European financial market regulation (taxonomy), sustainability reporting and supply chain legislation require precise global competition analyses, especially for SMEs 
  • Need dovetailing of trade defence measures with competition law instruments 
  • When improving market access, market openings must be mutually granted to the same extent and brand piracy curbed 
  • Enforce European industry standards worldwide 
  • Advocate for EU regulation of supply chains; must enforce standards of German law across Europe, but not tighten them; thus create fair competitive conditions 
  • Create incentives for our high standards, for example in environmental, consumer and worker protection, to become international standard; especially with transatlantic partners 
  • Adapt European competition and state aid law to compensate for distortions in trade and competition resulting from state subsidies and interventions in other parts of the world 

Trade Agreements

  • Advance conclusion of trade agreements by EU 
  • EU to work consistently for improvements in market access for goods and services 
  • Need fair trade agreements that take into account the high standards of EU agriculture; imports must be subject to the same conditions as domestic food; include food process quality 
  • Comprehensive transatlantic economic, trade and future area 
  • Finally ratify CETA 
  • Implement the MERSOCUR agreement, provided that it can be ensured that production and product standards in agriculture in particular meet our standards 
  • Rapid start of renegotiations for EU-US trade agreement 

Global Supply Chains

  • Advocate for EU regulation of supply chains; must enforce standards of German law across Europe, but not tighten them; thus create fair competitive conditions 
  • Will close value chains within Europe, making EU more independent and economically sovereign in systemically important areas 
  • Develop a raw material security strategy for Germany

 

 

  • Commitment to a reorganized European competition and state aid law that reduces competitive disadvantages vis-à-vis other major economic areas 

Trade Agreements

  • EU MERCOSUR agreement important, but no approval without binding and sanctionable review, implementation and enforcement mechanisms for environmental and social standards 
  • Concrete complaint and sanction mechanisms in all trade, economic partnership, and investment agreements; abolish private dispute settlement and replace with public tribunals 
  • Creation of a multinational investment court 
  • No possibility of legal action against environmental legislation, worker protection, and areas of public service provision 
  • Extend the EP's control and decision-making rights in trade policy and increasingly involve civil society (e.g. trade unions)

Global Supply Chains

  • Require companies to comply with human rights and environmental due diligence requirements along global supply chains
  • Consistently develop national supply chain law 
  •  Law on tracing goods traded on the global market at European level 

 

 

  • Fair trade, especially with countries of the global South, must become the standard; these countries must be allowed to protect their markets through tariffs and quotas, if necessary 

Level Playing Field

  • Anti-dumping rules must be applied even more strongly than before, even in the event of dumping due to low environmental and social standards
  • Reform of EU state aid law can prevent distortions of competition by state-subsidized corporations from other regions of the world
  • Use trade relations with China to demand fair market access for foreign investment, legal certainty and a level playing field 
  • CAI currently inadequate in areas of level playing field and human rights; do not approve in current form
  • Anti-dumping and anti-subsidy instruments must be further developed 

Trade Agreements

  • For proactive and multilateral trade policy that must ensure prosperity of all people, human rights and environmental standards
  • Reject trade agreements that do not adequately protect climate, environment and consumers
  • EU can enter trade negotiations with confidence; European trade agreements must contain binding and enforceable human rights, environmental and social standards and regulate market openings in the services sector in principle only in positive lists; this includes making the Paris Agreement and ILO core labor standards enforceable and always upholding the European precautionary principle
  • Good trade policy must adequately protect municipal services of general interest and the possibility of remunicipalization
  • Reject litigation privileges or special justice for foreign investors
  • Seize the opportunity to resolve trade disputes with the new U.S. administration and create a transatlantic market for climate-neutral products
  • Reject trade agreements like MERSOCUR agreements that have negative impacts on the environment and food sovereignty
  • Do not ratify CETA in its current version; thus ensure that the dangerous investor-state arbitration tribunals are not applied; also criticize provisionally applied parts of CETA; further develop and realign agreement with Canada 
  • In trade policy, make environmental and social capital of future trade agreements legally binding and subject to sanctions 
  • Trade agreements should not only regulate rights for companies, but also their obligations; therefore in favor of a multilateral trade court at the UN that covers both
  • Better involve the European Parliament in the future

Global Supply Chains

  • Need binding and effective national and EU supply chain law; at its core must be civil liability for companies 
  • Improvements to the German Supply Chain Act are urgently needed, e.g. expansion of the companies covered, but also an expansion of the environmental due diligence obligations 
  • Commitment to GMO-free supply chains 
  • EU supply chain law must, in view of human rights violations - for example in Xinjiang - deny goods from forced labor access to the domestic market just as it must hold companies liable for their products
  • Goods whose production is linked to serious human rights abuses, such as child or forced labor, should be denied access to the EU's internal market
  • Advocate for an import ban on agricultural products linked to illegal deforestation and human rights abuses such as deforestation 
  • Advance a legally binding UN agreement on business and human rights

 

 

  • Protect and strengthen the European competition regime; thereby set international standards
  • Germany should become an international advocate of rules-based free trade
  • Call for a Minister of State for Foreign Trade in the BMWi 
  • Rename the BMWi to "Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, Free Trade and Energy 
  • Own international trade court for Germany

Level Playing Field

  • Want to take action in the EU and the world against market distortions caused, for example, by heavily subsidized state-owned enterprises 
  • Commitment to the principle of reciprocity 
  • Combat subsidies and dumping where this impedes fair competition (especially train, aircraft and shipbuilding)

Trade Agreements

  • Federal government to take an active leadership role within the EU and the world on trade agreements, investment agreements and fair investment conditions
  • Design free trade agreements (such as EU-China) so that only the EP and not national and regional parliaments have to approve them 
  • New start of a new transatlantic trade agreement (CETA can be blueprint)
  • Ratification of CETA by Germany
  • EU-MERSOCUR free trade agreement to be concluded and ratified swiftly
  • Customs policy
  • Reject national go-it-alones and arbitrary tariffs

Global Supply Chains

  • Commitment to the active responsibility of companies and consumers for better protection of human rights 
  • For a uniform European regulation on human rights due diligence in the supply chain
  • Liability in the supply chain should only be related to the area of direct control 

 

 

  • Need basic social services in addition to fair trade; only possible if wealth is redistributed worldwide
  • The German government continues to pursue unilateral economic and geopolitical interests in the competition between locations; weakens forums for cross-border cooperation in the face of the climate catastrophe; increases global inequality
  • Finally make trade policy an instrument of global cooperation, socio-ecological progress and democratization
  • Paradigm shift, away from cuts, free trade agreements and market radicalism, towards public investment, cross-border cooperation and solidarity
  • End trade conflicts; trade policy must no longer be used for political expediency
  • Needs an international balancing mechanism that commits countries with export surpluses to balanced trade accounts

Level Playing Field

  • When companies shift profits to envy tax jurisdictions, they should be taxed back in the countries where they operate 

Trade Agreements

  • Rejection of special rights of action that subordinate democracy and fundamental rights to profit interests
  • Cooperation instead of free trade agreements; the European Economic Partnership Agreements cement dependencies of the Global South as suppliers of raw materials and must be replaced by fair trade agreements
  • Definitive abandonment of TTIP, rejection of CETA and MERSOCUR agreements

Global Supply Chains

  • Want a socially and climate justice oriented supply chain law worthy of its name; German government law leaves too many loopholes; companies with 250 or more employees and SMEs in high-risk sectors must be required to monitor the entire value chain; includes effective civil liability rule
  • Workforce must have a say in decisions on relocations, closures and outsourcing, mass layoffs and decisions on future investments
  • Strengthen regional economic cycles to push back the sometimes absurd excesses of globalized supply and production chains
  • Revise the Conflict Minerals Regulation; expand to include other raw materials as well as the entire value chain; close loopholes
  • New European raw materials strategy; the dependence of the countries of the South on raw materials exports must be ended; raw materials should be processed where they are extracted from the earth; value creation must be made possible and promoted in the countries of the global South

 

 

  • The global economy is caught between further expansion of global interdependencies and their moderate return to decentralized, regional value-added structures 

Level Playing Field

  • The goal of German foreign trade must be non-discriminatory access to foreign import and export markets for German companies (incl. access to raw materials and free trade routes) 
  • Cooperation with China only under conditions of equality and fairness; requires alignment of legal frameworks for trade and investment

Global Supply Chains

  • Ideologically motivated go-it-alone measures such as the Supply Chain Act should be rejected 
Foreign Economic Policy

 

  • A strategic foreign trade policy must also be established at the European level 
  • For stronger control and consideration of macroeconomic and defense policy German interests in the takeover of German companies by foreign corporations/investors; protection against takeovers in sensitive areas 
  • Establish and strengthen sanction mechanisms for violations of sustainability and climate protection aspects 
  • Further strengthen and deepen single market in all areas, especially digital, energy and capital 

Investment Policy

  • Need structural reforms for greater competitiveness and private investment that create growth, jobs and innovation 
  • Need framework that enables greater European investment; want to expand future funds and expand venture capital or equity financing for startups 
  • Modernize EU public procurement law to reduce bureaucracy 
  • Commitment at EU level to accelerate planning procedures, also within the framework of the Aarhus Convention 

Foreign Direct Investment

  • Need clear rules for investors from third countries; must resolutely oppose attempts at hostile takeover of patents and licenses 

 

 

  • End global dumping tax competition; need a global registry for greater transparency 
  • Support an initiative for a global sovereign insolvency process that includes sovereign and private creditors and formulates and implements debt relief for particularly vulnerable groups of countries following the financial burdens of the pandemic 
  • SPD has developed a concept for a global minimum corporate tax in government, initiated international negotiations and will continue to work on its implementation
  • Establishment of a global tax coordination office at the UN and OECD to combat global corporate profit reduction and relocation

Sanctions

  • Consistent use of the EU human rights sanctions regime; incl. entry bans and freezing of accounts

Investment Policy

  • Promote trade in sustainable goods 
  • Trade with less developed countries especially with smallholder and agroecological agricultural policies 

 

 

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Sanctions

  • Advocacy of the instrument of targeted EU sanctions against human rights criminals
  • A new EU instrument against economic coercion should help the EU defend itself against unlawful economic pressure from outside the EU

Single Market

  • To shape digitization, services of platforms and their market power must be regulated
  • Platforms must be obliged to ensure European quality and security standards in online commerce as well
  • Ensure that companies in the European market also take international responsibility for their production and distribution methods along the entire value chain

Investment Policy

  • Climate neutrality must be tackled jointly by the state and companies; while the state realizes more public investment, at the same time set incentives for more investment by companies
  • Public investment should provide start-up support, especially for new technologies; climate treaties help to provide lasting planning security for long-term climate protection investments
  • In the future, German foreign trade promotion and its instruments must support hidden champions instead of fossil plants and power plants
  • Investment offensive with €50 billion in additional investments in, among other things, fast Internet, cutting-edge research from quantum computing to biotechnology, climate-neutral infrastructures, renewable energies, etc.
  • Investments are to be depreciated on a declining-balance basis for a limited period at a minimum of 25%
  • Tax incentives for research should in future flow more specifically to SMEs and start-ups; evaluate and increase effectiveness 
  • Start-up capital for founders; one-off amount up to max. 25,000€; condition: Alignment with SDGs and performance audit; bureaucratic simplifications

Foreign Direct Investment

  • EU review mechanism for foreign direct investment needs to be improved to prevent European companies from being taken over by highly subsidized foreign firms

 

 

  • Working together with the U.S. for a global minimum tax on companies

Single Market

  • Commitment against protectionism in the European single market
  • Resolutely against political promotion of "national champions"; slows down innovation and scalability 
  • Simplification of the Posting of Workers Directive; debureaucratization of the German Posting of Workers Act

Investment Policy

  • For solid investment-oriented budget policy in compliance with the debt brake 
  • Target: 25% of GDP to be invested in Germany in 2025 - not primarily by the state, but primarily privately 
  • Expansion of the Future Fund for startup financing, primarily through private capital 
  • Introduction of an industry-independent startup subsidy 

 

 

Sanctions

  • Economic sanctions primarily affect ordinary people and must be ended
  • Unilateral sanctions by the USA and EU, such as those against Iran, Cuba, Syria or Russia, are illegal under international law and continue to escalate the situation

Investment Policy

  • State subsidies must be used primarily for ecological modernization, regional structural policy in economically isolated regions and for cooperatives
  • Promotion of companies that are wholly or partly collectively owned by the workforce when awarding public contracts
  • The state must not continue to support climate destruction with taxpayers' money; divestment from financial assets, investments and subsidies that flow into projects that serve the fossil and nuclear energy industries

 

 

  • Decisions of foreign national courts with extraterritorial effect considered null and void, unilateral sanctions against Germany's economic projects considered contrary to international law 
  • For the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia 
Industrial Policy

 

Industrial Strategy 

  • Need ambitious European technology and industrial strategy that strengthens capabilities to develop key technologies 
  • Oppose introduction of wealth tax or increase in inheritance tax, as this would endanger Germany's economic substance 
  • Comprehensive unleashing package that relieves companies of taxes and bureaucracy; no tax increases 
  • Roadmap for the switch to zero-emission mobility in the automotive industry (in addition to electric, also hydrogen and synthetic fuels) 

Industry 4.0

  • Improved depreciation rules for future technologies such as investments in server systems, artificial intelligence, 3D printing or Factory 4.0

SME

  • Use digitalization to reduce CO2 more cost-effectively and promote startups and small and medium-sized enterprises that develop digital solutions for energy and resource efficiency  
  • Mandatory reporting for official statistics burdens small businesses in particular; reporting requirements should therefore be reduced by 25% 
  • Examine the use of a preferred equity model to promote SME investment in technology and innovation
  • Support for funding programs that are particularly important for SMEs, such as the Central Investment Program for SMEs (ZIM), Industrial Cooperative Research (IGF) and the INNO-KOM innovation competence funding program 
  • Enable SMEs to make better use of the results of AI research through AI pilots 

 

 

  • Fast Internet crucial for SMEs; therefore bandwidth of at least 1GB/s must be guaranteed 
  • Low-threshold access to subsidies for SMEs 
  • Have made it easier for SMEs to enter into company pension plans for their employees; goal: significantly more employees covered by company pension plans 

 

 

Industrial Strategy 

  • Make steel, cement and chemicals in Germany the technology pioneers in the development of climate-neutral processes 
  • In the transformation of the chemical industry, focus on new innovative products, processes and procedures which, in addition to greenhouse gas neutrality, also promote the circular economy, increase efficiency, avoid emissions and waste from the outset and make us independent of fossil raw materials such as oil or natural gas
  • Launch regional transformation funds for companies that cannot manage structural change on their own
  • Promote transformation through investment subsidies and declining-balance depreciation
  • Drive decarbonization by removing hurdles to green self-supply and increasing use of green hydrogen; carbon contracts for difference provide investment security 
  • Create lead markets for CO2-neutral products with quotas for the share of CO2-neutral basic materials; provide special support for pilot plants
  • Introduce a new corporate legal form for responsible ownership; legal form that enables 100% asset commitment to the company; profits are reinvested or donated 
  • State venture capital fund (future fund), especially for projects in greentech, AI, sustainable mobility, bioeconomy and circular economy; at the same time, build a functioning secondary market for direct investments and shares in venture capital funds, for example through a co-investing platform
  • Promote regional green hubs; facilitate collaboration between startups and established companies

SME

  • Restart after Corona must consciously help those affected, including SMEs 
  • Green SME policy relies on triad of reducing bureaucratic burdens, innovation-friendly tax policy and broad-based research landscape 
  • Extending the tax loss carryback for SMEs 
  • Introduce attractive and time-limited depreciation conditions
  • Help SMEs restructure more easily with simplified restructuring procedures without filing for insolvency 
  • Tax incentives for research to flow more specifically to SMEs and start-ups in future; evaluate and increase effectiveness
  • Establishment of an independent innovation agency (D.Innova) that systematically, proactively and flexibly promotes innovation networks (SMEs, universities, civil society) oriented toward the SDGs
  • Faster planning and approvals as well as efficient digital administration to support SMEs 
  • Consistent application and improvement of so-called SME- tests on national and European level
  • Raise the profit threshold for compulsory accounting in order to relieve and promote solo self-employed and micro-enterprises
  • Make subsidy programs and investment grants sustainable and ensure that they primarily benefit SMEs
  • Promote tailored consulting for climate protection and digitization, including over longer periods of time
  • Improve protection against termination for SMEs and give them more rights to extend leases on reasonable terms; commercial rent brake

 

 

  • Targeted stimulus in tax law to relieve and promote the economy
  • Ensure skilled workforce by strengthening vocational training, among other things 
  • Need better competitive conditions for young and medium-sized companies in particular, especially in the digital economy; concentration of market power on large companies harms competition and innovation
  • Reject a one-off wealth tax or revive the wealth tax, as this would inhibit SMEs' economies 

 

 

Industrial Strategy 

  • Industrial structure must become more regional, crisis-proof and less dependent on exports, as well as climate-neutral in the long term
  • Goal: Industry production to be climate-neutral, sustainable and energy-efficient by 2035; industrial structure in Germany to be less dependent on exports of cars, weapons, security technology and environmentally harmful forms of chemical production
  • Government aid must be tied to long-term guarantees of jobs, collective agreements and binding investment plans
  • The German government, together with the workforce, trade unions, science, environmental and social associations, must develop a binding plan for the future of industry that ensures climate-neutral industrial production by 2035 and is linked to job and income guarantees for employees
  • A consistent European full employment policy and a genuine industrial strategy are needed; the goal must be climate neutrality and, above all, a future for de-industrialized regions
  • State industrial transformation fund of €20 billion per year to support the necessary ecological transformation in industry, especially the automotive supply industry; decision on funding should lie with economic and transformation councils
  • Initiate process of arms conversion in industry
  • Instead of subsidies for shareholder returns, a rescue package for industrial jobs
  • Investment program for a future-proof transformation to a climate-neutral steel and basic materials industry, including the use of green hydrogen; only with democratic control and in return for public ownership shares in the steel companies

 

 

Industrial strategy 

  • Stopping the massive migration of German companies abroad and making Germany attractive again as a business location for investment 
  • Rejection of the fact that the German government increasingly sees itself as an entrepreneur and tries to steer the economy through regulations and subsidies
  • No secretive and highly ideological economic policy via "Green Deal" and bond purchases 

SME

  • Germany especially characterized by SMEs; due to socialist ideas of equality and class-struggle envy feelings, many functioning companies were destroyed by the inheritance tax, therefore abolition of inheritance tax 
  • SMEs cannot cope with double burden of politically initiated structural changes ("climate rescue") and pandemic-related restrictions; rescue packages insufficient and promote redistribution in the sense of the "Great Transformation 

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Climate and Energy

Carbon Neutrality

 

  • Target: Germany climate neutral by 2045; 2030 reduction of 65% (reference: 1990); 2040 reduction of 88%
  • German contribution to the international pursuit of the 1.5 degree path
  • Investments in climate technologies and energy efficiency for CO2 reduction to be more tax deductible in future
  • Climate efficiency reform to gear energy-related taxes, levies and charges more closely to CO2 emissions

 

 

  • Germany to be greenhouse-neutral by 2045

 

 

  • 1.5 degree path of the Paris climate agreement 
  • Raise German climate target to at least minus 70 percent in 2030; achieve 100 percent renewables by 2035 
  • Provide planning certainty for the German and European economy with ambitious targets in the form of limit values, CO2 reduction targets and product standards, and provide impetus for new investments
  • Incorporate climate protection into the legal system; include the requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement and the nuclear phase-out in the Basic Law
  • CO2 brake for new laws 

 

 

  • Goal: Climate neutrality by 2050; commitment to the 1.5 degree target of the Paris climate agreement
  • Path to this goal is left to engineers, scientists and technicians by setting incentives

 

 

  • Target: climate neutrality by 2035; at least 80% reduction by 2030
  • Only cargo and cruise ships powered by diesel or environmentally friendly propulsion systems should be allowed to enter EU territorial waters; thus restrict the use of heavy fuel oil
  • Bring destroyers of the environment, climate and biodiversity to justice; introduce the crime of ecocide into German criminal law and the Rome Statute

 

 

  • Rejection of "Great Reset" (decarbonization of industry and society); to date no evidence that climate change is man-made and industry-made 
  • Global warming not only negative consequences; increasing CO2 concentration has contributed to a greening of the earth 
  • Climate per se not protectable
  • Rejection of the German government's Climate Protection Plan 2050
Climate Diplomacy

 

  • Establish ambitious standards in international climate cooperation with major economies
  • Advocate for alliance to strengthen innovative climate-friendly technologies worldwide 
  • Form international climate cooperation to achieve Paris goals 
  • Closely cooperate with the U.S. on foreign climate policy
  • Clean tech initiative to support developing countries in environmental and climate protection through knowledge transfer 
  • Support the establishment and financing of waste collection and sorting systems and intensify cooperation against marine and environmental pollution
  • Credit emission reductions from climate protection projects in developing and newly industrializing countries proportionately to national climate targets; without double counting 
  • Commitment to international protection of carbon sinks and its rewarding
  • Long-term goal: global emissions trading 
  • Use modern trade policy to set high standards for climate protection measures
  • In partnership with German industry and as part of an external climate policy, drive forward energy transition in Africa
  • Strengthen Europe in the global raw materials market with sustainable development aid and offer an alternative to the Chinese Silk Road
  • Commitment against illegal logging and for the international protection of forests

EU as International Actor

  • EU climate envoy to strengthen and bundle EU climate foreign policy, positioning Europe as a global actor in the fight against climate change

European Green Deal

  • Support ambitious goal of Green Deal
  • Green Deal to create more jobs and bring more value to Europe; all Green Deal strategies therefore need impact assessment and transition support measures 
  • Establish forest protection as an important part of the Green Deal
  • EU climate envoy to strengthen and bundle EU climate foreign policy, positioning Europe as a global player in climate protection; should advance European clean tech initiative
  • Further develop Green Deal into a genuine growth strategy; in this context, incentives instead of bans
  • Extend European emissions trading to transport and heat sectors
  • Drive forward initiative to streamline EU planning and environmental legislation

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

  • Focus on carbon leakage protection
  • Together with European partners, introduce WTO-compliant carbon border adjustment mechanism 

European Emissions Trading

  • Comprehensive European emissions trading with uniform price and global connectivity
  • Carbon Contracts for Difference as an important instrument 
  • Strengthen European emissions trading in aviation as quickly as possible and establish it in other sectors such as mobility, heating and shipping
  • Tighten up the CO2 pricing process
  • Return revenue from emissions trading in full to citizens (electricity subsidies through abolition of EEG surcharge)
  • CO2 bonding premium for forest owners 

 

 

  • Fulfill and further increase commitments under the climate agreement 
  • Support countries of the Global South in their sustainable development as they adapt to climate change

EU as International Actor

  • Make EU the first greenhouse-neutral continent by 2050 at the latest 

European Green Deal

  • Create planning certainty with a long-term national industrial strategy embedded in the EU Green Deal 

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

  • Use of a CO2 border adjustment levy Independent and fair financing of the EU 

 

 

  • Deliver on international commitments for development cooperation, climate finance, and biodiversity
  • Make tackling climate impacts a strategic priority of international governance across ministries
  • Living up to the historical responsibility of Germany and Europe
  • Work internationally toward binding transformation quota and support countries of the global South in particular
  • Pool spending on development cooperation, international climate finance and parts of humanitarian aid to finance a global transformation along the SDGs and the Paris climate goals
  • Provide an additional €10 billion in international climate finance; achieve 0.7% ODA quota by 2025
  • Drive innovation globally with climate and development partnerships
  • Create green potential with neighboring countries; secure postcolonially sensitive green energy needs (hydrogen imports)
  • Equip existing international funds for climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Use to set up a fund to compensate for damage and losses to finance climate risk insurance
  • End fossil fuel subsidies in development and export finance
  • Transform investment banks such as the World Bank and KfW into transformation banks
  • Strengthen legal recourse also against multilateral investment banks; support climate lawsuits

EU as International Actor

  • Increase human and financial resources for Germany's and the EU's foreign climate policy

European Green Deal

  • Commit to ambitious design and implementation at all levels
  • Increase and expand the Just Transition Fund
  • In the Common Agricultural Policy, fight to bring its implementation under the goals of the Green Deal and the Paris Agreement
  • In trade policy, make environmental and social capital of future trade agreements legally binding and sanctionable 
  • EU and member states should withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, which is completely out of date, also in order not to jeopardize the goals of the EU's Green Deal

Nord Stream II

  • Nord Stream 2 should be stopped; it does not contribute to climate protection, is against the EU's energy and geostrategic interests, and endangers the stability of the EU 

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

  • Advocate for border adjustment of CO2 costs
  • Use revenues from mechanism to help poorer trading partners decarbonize as well

European Emissions Trading

  • If climate targets were to be achieved solely by pricing CO2, this would inevitably lead to significant social imbalances
  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to be reformed in light of new EU 2030 climate target to finally fully deliver on its incentive effect
  • Significant reduction and cancellation of surplus allowances to achieve CO2 price that has a steering effect in the electricity, industry and European aviation sectors 
  • Price massive climate damage caused by coal-fired power generation; the best way to do this is via EU emissions trading with a steering CO2 price; if this cannot be achieved quickly enough at EU level, then set a national minimum price in the ETS for industry and electricity of €60/ton of CO2
  • Under pressure from the Greens in Germany, also introduced for transport and heating; but still needs to be improved to be socially fair
  • Bring forward increase of CO2 price to 60€ to 2023; thereafter, CO2 price should increase in such a way that, in concert with support measures and regulatory requirements, it secures achievement of the new climate target 2030
  • Make shipping climate-neutral through binding emission reduction targets and inclusion in EU emissions trading

 

 

  • Credit projects in other countries and corresponding greenhouse gas reductions against own targets without double counting (Art. 6 of the Paris Agreement)

EU as International Actor

  • Advocate at the European and international level for an expansion of Arctic protection
  • Create international incentives for the protection and reforestation of forests and peatlands
  • Together with European partners, promptly recover pollutants in the sea and render them harmless

European Green Deal

  • Supplement 55% target with 5% target for negative emissions through negative emissions technology
  • Extend European CO2 emissions trading to the entire transport sector

Nord Stream II

  • Commissioning must be decided jointly in the EU in accordance with EU trade rules, applicable sanctions against Russia, and taking into account Ukraine's interests
  • Moratorium on NS2 until Russian leadership ensures independent and comprehensive investigation in the Nawalny case and human rights situation improves

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

  • The goal is an internationally coordinated approach that goes beyond the European emissions trading system
  • Involvement of partners in European trading systems is preferable in any case
  • Support the EU in introducing a WTO-compliant "carbon leakage" protection system based on the EU ETS 

European Emissions Trading

  • Emissions trading creates incentives for investment in climate-friendly technologies
  • Expand EU emissions trading to all sectors and geographies as quickly as possible; policy specifies how much may be emitted per year

 

 

  • Industrialized countries are increasingly outsourcing climate and environmental protection measures, for example forest protection initiatives, to the Global South, thus shirking their responsibility
  • Germany must provide more funds for the Global South so that it can shape its development in a climate-neutral and equitable way
  • Establish a compensation fund at UN level for the consequences of climate change and colonialism, financed by industrialized countries; former colonial powers pay in more than other states; increase corresponding climate finance transfers annually

European Green Deal

  • EU Commission has launched a "Green Deal" with which the EU is not even able to meet its climate targets
  • Goal: Make EU climate neutral by 2035 at the latest

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

  • Advocacy for a European CO2 border adjustment mechanism

European Emissions Trading

  • Emissions trading does not offer effective climate protection, therefore rejected
  • Instead, clear targets for corporations and government subsidy and investment programs to support the conversion process
  • At the EU level, support for a reform of EU emissions trading that leads to an increase in climate protection targets in the emissions trading sectors to the Paris targets and excludes any misuse of the instrument; rejection of an extension to the heat and transport sectors

 

 

  • Termination of the Paris Climate Agreement; withdrawal of Germany from all governmental and private "climate protection" organizations and withdrawal of their support 
  • Abolition of any form of CO2 pricing 

EU as International Actor

  • Oppose unrealistic EU CO2 reduction targets for aviation
  • Existing EU reduction legislation in the transport sector out of touch with reality

European Green Deal

  • No secretive and highly ideological economic policies via "Green Deal"  
  • Rejection of the Green Deal and any further form of planned economy

Nord Stream II

  • Commissioning of Nord Stream 2 indispensable 
  • Securing gas supply by terminating Nord Stream 2
Research and Innovation

 

Hydrogen Strategy

  • The goal is to establish the comprehensive value chain for hydrogen production, including the necessary network infrastructure 
  • Production from renewable energies; in a transitional phase, blue hydrogen will also be accepted 
  • Strengthening of the national hydrogen agency for the implementation of the hydrogen strategy, international cooperation for the import of hydrogen and advancement of infrastructure development and conversion of existing systems
  • Exploit new opportunities for cooperation - especially with Mediterranean countries - with regard to green hydrogen 
  • Establish a European hydrogen network; further develop the "H2 Global" funding concept for this purpose 
  • Expand application-oriented research and global hydrogen strategies; accelerate innovation cycles; targeted promotion of power-to-X technologies 
  • Expand gas networks in Germany and make them suitable for hydrogen feed-in

Greentechnology

  • In mobility, focus on synthetic fuels and hydrogen in addition to electric vehicles; remain open to new technologies 
  • Support for alliance to strengthen innovative climate-friendly technologies worldwide
  • Support research, development and pilot projects for negative emissions
  • Together with European partners, secure and promote opportunities for carbon capture and storage (CCS); requires intact carbon cycles (CCU) and thus solid-state storage (CCUS) technologies as well as the development of a CO2 infrastructure 
  • Promote research and innovation in low-waste product production, sorting technology in recycling processes, use of recyclates, battery recycling, re-oil processes, chemical recycling, plastic alternatives 
  • Bringing the use of ammonia and methanol in shipping to market maturity

 

 

  • Increase target value for total government spending on research to at least 3.5% of GDP

Hydrogen Strategy

  • Large-scale industrial production of climate-neutral hydrogen essential for climate neutrality
  • Promote hydrogen
  • Support use of hydrogen-powered trains
  • Faster expansion of hydrogen pipelines; planning beyond 2025 

Greentechnology

  • Targeted promotion of innovative forms of renewable energy and establishment of strategic energy partnerships
  • State support for investments in heating networks and neighborhood concepts 
  • Government support for the switch to climate-friendly production processes 
  • Development of a raw materials security concept to create a circular economy

 

 

  • With a view to sectoral structural support such as the development of a hydrogen infrastructure, solar module and battery cell research or the promotion of the semiconductor industry, a European orientation is crucial; European cooperation with open standards to avoid dependencies
  • Target: State and companies invest a total of 3.5% of GDP in research and development by 2025
  • Existing support programs for transfer from theory to application are not sufficient; push for expansion of support programs for high-tech start-ups, incubators and entrepreneurship training; silent participation of public institutions should become the new spin-off standard
  • "Agency for leapfrog innovation" (SprinD) to be designed more flexibly 

Hydrogen Sstrategy

  • Further expand Germany's leading role in hydrogen and create corresponding infrastructure
  • Hydrogen must be green, also applies to imported; hydrogen or synthetic fuels must not be part of a delaying tactic; must be used where they are really needed, for example industry, shipping and aviation
  • Create market incentives and comprehensive support programs
  • Create green potential with neighboring countries; postcolonially sensitive Secure green energy needs (hydrogen imports)
  • Fair partnerships; support exporting countries in energy transition; indispensable to involve local population, protect human rights and align with SDGs and introduce binding standards

Greentechnology

  • In the transformation of the chemical industry, focus on new innovative products, processes and procedures that, in addition to greenhouse gas neutrality, also promote the circular economy, increase efficiency, avoid emissions and waste in the first place and make us independent of fossil raw materials such as oil or natural gas
  • Drive innovation globally with climate and development partnerships
  • Promote transformation through investment grants and declining-balance depreciation 
  • Drive decarbonization by removing hurdles to green self-supply and increasing use of green hydrogen; carbon contracts for difference provide investment certainty
  • Create lead markets for CO2-neutral products by setting quotas for the share of CO2-neutral basic materials; provide special support for pilot plants
  • Promote research and innovation for all technology options for zero-emission mobility; create sustainable battery cell production in Europe, including an effective recycling system and research into the next generation of batteries.
  • State venture capital fund (future fund), especially for projects in greentech, AI, sustainable mobility, bioeconomy and circular economy; at the same time, establish a functioning secondary market for direct investments and shares in venture capital funds, for example through a co-investing platform

 

 

  • Emissions trading creates incentives for investment in climate-friendly technologies
  • Expand EU emissions trading to all sectors and geographies as quickly as possible; policy specifies how much may be emitted per year
  • European and international cooperation to define uniform standards for autonomous driving

Hydrogen Strategy

  • Hydrogen and synthetic fuels as second pillar of future energy system
  • In addition to green hydrogen, also rely on "blue" and "turquoise" from natural gas; prerequisite exclusion of methane leakage
  • Worldwide investments in hydrogen plants necessary
  • Establish a European Hydrogen Union; create a European strategy for importing climate-neutral gases and fuels, including early development of international partnerships

Greentechnology

  • Promote innovative research for more efficient use of resources
  • No expensive subsidies such as e-car purchase premiums
  • More alternative fuels and easier certification
  • Separate legislation on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies; no technology hostility
  • Enable recycling that is open to technology; allow chemical recycling as an equivalent option to packaging recycling; no legal discrimination against technology
  • Put EU CO2 fleet limits to the test; open technology laws and regulations in vehicle construction
  • Revise regulations on hybrid vehicles to take real emissions into account

 

 

  • Research and science must contribute to solving social division, climate change and environmental problems; federal innovation and technology funding as well as non-university research must be geared towards this goal

Hydrogen Strategy

  • Strategies to run cars and building heating systems on hydrogen in the future are neither social nor ecological; production uses too much
  • much energy; produce exclusively on ecological basis and use only where no efficient alternative is available (for example, steel, chemical industry, air and sea transport)
  • Where electrolysis plants are publicly funded, they must be at least proportionately publicly operated
  • Rejection of the import of hydrogen from nuclear power or fossil sources; also for countries of the global south as long as they cannot cover their own demand from green electricity
  • Investment program for a future-proof conversion to a climate-neutral steel and basic materials industry, including the use of green hydrogen; only with democratic control and in return for public ownership shares in the steel companies

Greentechnology

  • Green technologies are of course part of the system change, but are not sufficient on their own; rebound effects again and again
  • Ban on CCS technologies; must not be available for greenwashing of natural gas or hydrogen; promote sinks such as peatlands or forests as compensation 

 

 

Hydrogen Strategy

  • Preference and promotion of a hydrogen economy is rejected; requires ecologically, energetically and economically nonsensical parallel infrastructure system

Greentechnology

  • Preference and promotion of a hydrogen economy as well as electromobility is rejected; technology openness; both require nonsensical parallel structure; internal combustion cars (possibly with synthetic fuels) must be considered
  • Creation of competence centers for waste disposal and raw material recovery technologies
Renewable Energy

 

  • Expand renewable energies at a much faster pace
  • Public acceptance is just as important as planning certainty and less bureaucracy
  • Need competitive industrial electricity prices
  • Need energy storage for renewables; continue to promote the necessary technology development and implementation and examine the extent to which stored electricity can be exempted from surcharges and fees

Solar Energy

  • When constructing ground-mounted photovoltaic systems, no additional land may be taken away from agriculture for compensation under nature conservation law
  • Promote photovoltaics in a solar package; make online approval procedures as simple as possible

Wind Energy

  • Promotion of onshore and offshore expansion
  • Cross-border cooperation within the framework of the European offshore strategy and the national wind-sea law
  • Explicitly designate areas 

 

 

Energy Transition

  • Germany's energy supply to be based entirely on renewable energies by 2040
  • Building sector to gradually become climate-neutral; target: to supply five million homes via innovative heating and energy systems by 2030
  • By 2030, Germany to become a lead market for climate-neutral steel production and low-CO2 transport
  • By 2030, build Europe's most modern and climate-friendly mobility system
  • By 2030, at least 15 million e-cars in Germany
  • Definition of expansion targets for renewables in a pact for the future between the federal government, the states, municipalities and leading municipal associations
  • Citizen participation through energy cooperatives, tenant electricity, municipal participation models and electricity bonds
  • Further development of energy efficiency targets and standards
  • Abolish EEG levy by 2025 and finance it from the federal budget; including from revenues from CO2 pricing
  • Examine a per capita bonus for the socially weaker in the event of an increasing CO2 price
  • Create a legal rule according to which landlords bear the CO2 price
  • Reduce investments that are harmful to the climate and environment 
  • Public sector to increasingly procure climate-neutral basic materials for buildings by 2030 and exclusively thereafter
  • Prevent relocation of production and emissions abroad through tailored instruments
  • Competitive industrial electricity prices for companies that compete internationally
  • Develop a "Mobility Plan 2030" for public transport and rail; exchange programs for climate-neutral bus and rail fleets; change road traffic law in favor of cyclists and pedestrians
  • Establishment of a German and European rail act

Solar Energy

  • Solar installations on all suitable roofs (especially public buildings and new commercial buildings)

 

 

  • Achieve 100% renewable energies by 2035
  • Define renewables as mandatory for security of supply and use 2% of land nationwide for this purpose
  • Make Mediterranean region a plus-energy region with ambitious energy partnerships
  • Targeted investments in European manufacturers of components for renewables; no dependence on non-European manufacturers

Energy Transition

  • Massive expansion offensive for renewable energy
  • Continuous process of removing obstacles to expansion
  • Launch an immediate climate protection program that triggers immediately effective measures in all sectors, removes existing obstacles to expansion, implements obvious savings opportunities, and also strengthens climate and development partnerships in line with the global budget approach
  • Tighten up the still inadequate climate protection legislation
  • Comprehensive tax and levy reform so that sector coupling progresses and electricity is available at reliable and competitive prices
  • Change energy market design so that renewable electricity is not further slowed down; abolish double burdens
  • Utilize generation peaks for storage and production of heat or green hydrogen according to the principle "use instead of shut down"
  • Secure critical infrastructure with emergency power-capable solar plants
  • Equip distribution grids and consumers with smart technology so they can respond flexibly when a lot of renewable power is being produced at any given time
  • Fundamental reform of energy law; support sector coupling through system-serving use of renewable electricity and take regional differences into account; develop the EEG into an instrument of support and security in the long term; the EEG levy will thus be phased out automatically in the long term

Solar Energy

  • Goal: Increase expansion from 10-12 GW at the beginning to 18-20 GW per year from the mid-20s onwards
  • Target: 1.5 million new solar roofs in the next 4 years
  • Promote solar roofs and make them standard; leasing, renting and contracting models can be supportive here
  • Significantly simplify tenant electricity regulations and promote tenant electricity projects; reduce bureaucratic hurdles for electricity from own roof; strengthen own consumption and direct marketing
  • Improve political and legal framework conditions for photovoltaics and facilitate construction - preferably on sealed surfaces rather than on valuable farmland; agri-photovoltaic systems can make an important contribution here

Wind Energy

  • Target: annual increase of at least 5-6 GW onshore wind from now on, 7-8 GW from mid-2020s; for offshore wind, 35 GW by 2035 
  • Rejection of preventive planning; excessive, blanket minimum distances do not contribute to increasing acceptance; involve local residents at an early stage
  • Support construction of plants in industrial areas; electricity produced where it is needed and noise protection more easily ensured
  • Minimize conflict with nature conservation and species protection (species protection programs), protect residents and reduce bureaucratic hurdles (simplified procedures, more personnel and uniform assessment standards)
  • Facilitate repowering; allow turbines over 20 years old to continue operating
  • Expand offshore wind farms and link them in the European Energy Union with the solar farms of the Mediterranean countries, with the hydropower of Scandinavia and the Alps; the more interconnected, the stronger

 

 

  • Innovation, reason and freedom instead of ideological blinkers
  • Climate protection targets will not be achieved by relying only on direct electrification based on renewable electricity in Germany
  • Rejection of legally prescribed expansion paths for individual technologies and state-guaranteed purchase prices
  • Strengthening local acceptance of the energy transition through early public participation and consultation with local residents, as well as transparent legal procedures
  • Strengthening and expanding ports and shipping, as these play a crucial role in the energy supply of the future
  • Expansion of CO2 emissions trading
  • Abolish EEG levy and climate dividend to offset social costs of climate protection
  • If the EEG levy is abolished, funding commitments from the past should be financed as far as possible from the revenues of CO2 pricing
  • Legally define storage technology as an independent pillar of the energy system alongside producers, grids and consumers, and exempt it from levies and surcharges for economic operation

 

 

  • All energy should come from renewable sources as soon as possible 
  • Bioenergy from energy crops grown specifically for this purpose or newly felled wood should no longer generally be considered ecological and should not receive any government subsidies as renewable energy
  • Support municipalities in the climate-neutral conversion of energy supply and the creation of good jobs
  • Require investors to offer site municipalities a stake in new wind farms, photovoltaic power plants and energy storage facilities; municipalities become co-owners in this way
  • Advocate for the establishment of an alternative "European Community for the Promotion of Renewable Energies and Energy Saving"

Energy Transition

  • Renewable energy must replace fossil fuels by 2035
  • Renewable energy is limited by resources and required area; therefore need limitation of absolute consumption
  • Support of energy cooperatives and bioenergy villages as a regionally oriented energy turnaround anchored in the population
  • Align EEG in such a way that it is also profitable for small operators and municipalities; structural reform of EEG
  • Finance the promotion of renewable energies to a large extent via the federal budget instead of via the current EEG levy in order to lower the price of electricity
  • Disempower large energy companies and transfer them to the public domain in the interest of the common good; energy turnaround in the hands of citizens 
  • Electricity and heat grids must be transferred to public ownership
  • Introduce a uniform federal grid fee for all voltage levels so that grid fees in regions with many green power plants are not higher than in regions with few green power plants
  • Stop the Energy Charter Treaty, because it prevents the energy turnaround

Solar Energy

  • Goal: Install at least 10 gigawatts of photovoltaics per year by 2025
  • Support tenant power concepts of an in-house power supply through photovoltaic systems on the roof
  • Want to make solar compulsory for new buildings as well as for existing buildings after comprehensive roof renovation and if there is a technical suitability for solar power generation

Wind Energy

  • Goal: Install at least 7 gigawatts of onshore wind energy and 2 gigawatts of offshore wind energy per year by 2025

 

 

Energy Transition

  • Complete conversion to renewable energies is unrealistic and unecological and therefore to be rejected
  • AfD rejects new building energy law (GEG)
  • Politically and ideologically forced expansion of renewable energies is an economic disaster and burdens home, lifestyle and nature; no expansion over the heads of the citizens
  • Abolish the EEG without replacement and end priority feed-in
  • No wind and solar plants in forests and protected areas
  • Support of individual transport; expansion of railways, optimal timing with buses and planes; expansion of high-speed rail network

Solar Energy

  • Change microclimate and devalue agricultural land
  • New construction of photovoltaics on open spaces is rejected because of high land consumption and deterrent effect on tourism

Wind Energy

  • Devastating effect on birds, bats and insects; harmful effects on health due to shadow impact, infrasound and noise emissions
  • No wind and solar plants in forests and protected areas
  • Designate priority areas for wind energy only with the consent of citizens
  • Minimum distance between wind turbines and residential areas must be 10 times the total height, but at least 2.5 km
  • Plants that fall out of the subsidy after 20 years participate in the market without subsidies and feed-in priority
  • Complete dismantling must take place (incl. concrete foundations)
Conventional Energy

 

  • Expand LNG technology and realize an import terminal for liquefied gases

 

 

  • Phasing out coal (and nuclear power) was decided in combination with structural aid decided in this legislative period and must now be implemented
  • Creation of new value added and new jobs as well as reclamation and aftercare in mining areas

 

 

  • Complete phase-out of fossil fuels

Coal

  • Coal phase-out too late; not compatible with 1.5 degree pathway
  • Complete phase-out by 2030; use all opportunities to do so, including at EU level
  • Price in massive climate damage caused by coal-fired power generation; the best way to do this is via EU emissions trading with a steering CO2 price; if this cannot be achieved quickly enough at EU level, then set a national minimum price in the ETS for industry and electricity of 60€/ton CO2
  • Tighten limits on emissions of pollutants, especially mercury, from large combustion plants
  • Fundamentally revise mining law and strengthen affected parties' rights, environmental protection and nature conservation

Natural Gas

  • No more new gas-fired power plants and infrastructures unless they are absolutely necessary and already planned to be hydrogen-ready
  • No more new port terminals for LNG landings to be approved
  • New natural gas pipelines such as Nord Stream 2, which are not geared towards green hydrogen, cement dependence on climate-damaging resources, counteract the energy transition and should be stopped.
  • Lay the groundwork for new operating permits to be issued for a limited time and include switching from natural gas to renewables

Nuclear Power

  • Nuclear power is not suitable for combating climate crisis
  • Commitment to the agreed path for siting; dismantling as quickly as possible, without delay and at the highest safety level
  • Overall concept as a prerequisite for interim and final storage; above all, security against terrorism must be guaranteed; storage and transport must be strictly monitored
  • Complete nuclear phase-out in Germany
  • Goal is to close nuclear factories in Gronau and Lingen as quickly as possible; operation of the research reactor in Garching with highly enriched uranium must be ended
  • In the EU, push ahead with phase-out
  • Advocate for reform of Euratom, against further privileges or new subsidies for nuclear power, and for binding safety standards for all nuclear sites in Europe
  • Exhaust the possibilities for objections to the construction of new nuclear plants or reductions in the operating lives of nuclear plants in Europe and withdraw from the joint liability of the states for nuclear accidents

 

 

  • Common EU foreign energy policy
  • In view of Europe's dependence on energy imports, energy policy is also always foreign and security policy and requires a common stance by the EU members

 

 

  • Ban fracking without exceptions

Coal

  • Coal phase-out by 2030 at the latest - must start immediately across Europe 
  • No more villages to be dredged for lignite mining; Hambach Forest must not be destroyed any further
  • Ban on the construction and commissioning of new hard coal and lignite plants supplemented by an analogous ban on the construction and commissioning of new hard coal and lignite plants abroad by companies based in Germany, including their subsidiaries
  • Prohibit by law the export and sale of hard coal and lignite production plants
  • Immediately remove Datteln 4 from the grid
  • 40 billion euros for structural change
  • Establish transformation councils in the affected areas of structural change which have a right of initiative over money from the transformation fund and regional infrastructure policy 
  • Promote hemp cultivation in former lignite areas

Natural Gas

  • Phase-out of fossil natural gas must follow nuclear and coal phase-out
  • Natural gas phase-out law with binding phase-out path and social protection for affected employees and regions

Nuclear Power

  • E-mobility must not lead to a return to nuclear power
  • Ensure that the nuclear phase-out is enshrined in the Basic Law 
  • Immediately shut down all nuclear power plants still in operation
  • Commitment to nuclear phase-out in Europe and the world; needs a pan-European plan for decommissioning of nuclear power plants
  • KfW should no longer promote nuclear power plants abroad
  • Ban import and export of uranium fuel; ban production at Gronau and Lingen plants
  • No storage in the "final repository" in Salzgitter; for the nuclear waste to be salvaged from the scandalous Asse II waste repository in the district of Wolfenbüttel, a fair search for a site for an interim storage facility at a greater distance from residential areas than has been planned so far; needs comprehensive rights of co-determination and rights of action in all phases of the search for a site
  • Costs for decommissioning and dismantling must be borne by nuclear companies
  • Public funds, including pension reserves and pension funds, must be immediately withdrawn from investments in companies in the fossil-nuclear energy sector

 

 

Coal

  • Generation of electricity from lignite and hard coal as a base-load and controllable energy source 
  • Coal phase-out rejected

Natural Gas

  • Securing gas supply by terminating Nord Stream 2 and allowing liquefied natural gas to be landed 

Nuclear Power

  • Assess nuclear power plant lifetimes based on technical service life and economic reasons - nothing else
  • Create "closed fuel cycle"; final repository was found with Gorleben; opponents of nuclear power exaggerate problem of final disposal
  • New installation of safe power plants
Grids and Network Expansion

 

  • Expansion of the charging station network is crucial; charging options must be the reason for switching to electric vehicles
  • Accelerate construction of the necessary power lines; bundle routes wisely and implement them in a way that is compatible with residents 
  • Examine whether more cost competition and accelerated investments can be ensured in the area of transmission networks 

 

 

  • Faster expansion of power grids and e-car charging stations; planning beyond 2025

 

 

  • Early public participation essential
  • Expand grids more quickly; expansion must be system-oriented and make optimum use of all the possibilities of existing grids and supplement them with intelligent systems and storage facilities
  • Expansion of uniform charging infrastructure for e-cars in Germany and Europe

 

 

  • Digitization of the energy transition necessary to improve energy efficiency and make consumption more flexible 
  • Rollout of intelligent metering systems as a prerequisite for "smart grids" and the use of AI for energy supply
  • Area-wide expansion of fast-charging stations for e-cars with interoperable payment structures
  • Expand transportation networks in Europe ((high-speed) rail network, ports, airports, trunk roads)

 

 

  • State must coordinate creation of e-car charging network with EU countries as well
Biodiversity

 

  • Present a national biodiversity strategy (based on the European Biodiversity Strategy and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • Further reduce sealing of soils, unseal and promote subsequent use of sealed soils
  • Review compensation regulations in nature conservation and construction law and further develop compensation measures in such a way that they promote biodiversity in a targeted manner
  • Better protection of endangered species and their habitats
  • Protect the Baltic and North Seas and the Wadden Sea in accordance with the European Biodiversity Directive, taking fisheries into account
  • National climate adaptation law

 

 

  • Central is the preservation of forests and their adaptation to climate change; as well as the protection of peatlands and the rewetting of already drained peatlands
  •  Reduction in the use of fertilizers and pesticides
  • Align agricultural subsidies so that environmentally friendly agriculture can compete in the marketplace; prevent unfair practices in the food trade

 

 

  • Species conservation needs different land use
  • Keep international commitments on development cooperation, climate finance and biodiversity
  • Support programs to halt global deforestation and protect or reintroduce critically endangered species
  • Support targeted species conservation programs of zoos and scientific institutes while improving animal husbandry there
  • For marine protection, implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, a deep-sea mining moratorium and the designation of large-scale non-use marine protected areas are necessary
  • Launch an emergency program for species protection that will greatly reduce the use of pesticides and ban particularly harmful environmental toxins such as glyphosate
  • Stop the sale of federally owned areas of high natural value and the drainage of moorland sites; make military concession areas available for nature conservation
  • Create nature conservation corridors for better networking of protected areas
  • Increase and create national parks and protected areas
  • Use 10% of Energy and Climate Fund money for climate protection through nature conservation measures
  • Expand wilderness fund so that at least 2% of the state's land area is restored to true wilderness
  • Demand development of healthy forests; set minimum legal standards; leave at least 5% to nature
  • Advocate for an ambitious UN agreement on biodiversity conservation and its implementation in Germany
  • In accordance with the EU's biodiversity strategy, effectively protect at least 30% of the land area and 30% of the oceans
  • Commitment to protect the oceans via binding agreements and to close enforcement deficits and regulatory gaps
  • Comprehensive biomass strategy
  • Launch renaturation offensive 
  • Implement EU Water Framework Directive and EU water legislation
  • International agreement to protect the oceans from plastic litter; immediate program for litter prevention 
  • Adjust fishing quotas and fisheries agreements, extend closed seasons; phase out bottom trawling and regulate gillnets; provide support for the conversion process

 

 

  • Species extinction must be prevented as far as possible; protection against invasive species
  • Marine flora must be given special protection
  • Forests and peatlands are guardians of biodiversity and carbon reservoirs; create international incentives to protect and reforest them

 

 

  • Nature conservation and biodiversity targets must be integrated into other policy areas in a binding manner
  • To ensure that EU nature conservation directives and their national equivalents are complied with, they must be financially supported
  • Nature conservation areas belong in public hands and should be leased to nature conservation and environmental associations
  • We want to secure and expand the national natural heritage, financed by a natural heritage fund
  • Focus on near-natural forest management
  • Ban glyphosate and neonicotinoids; pesticides and pesticide active ingredients not approved in the EU must neither be produced in Germany nor exported; drastically reduce pesticide use
  • Reduce nature- and environment-destroying subsidies and invest the freed-up funds in nature and environmental programs
  • Increase the federal program "Biological Diversity 
  • Implement the UN Convention on Biological Diversity 
  • Coordinate biodiversity monitoring nationwide; record the total stock at all levels
  • Establish and fully extend the right of environmental, nature and animal protection associations and individuals to take legal action in accordance with the Aarhus Convention
  • Consistently prosecute and combat environmental crime
  • Protection for wild animals through area-wide biotope connections as well as animal corridors and passages, also for example through fences along highways and speed limits to reduce wildlife accidents 
  • Expand nature reserves and marine protected areas as habitats to the maximum extent possible; maintain habitats for animals in cities as well
  • Preservation or renaturation and rewetting of peatlands
  • Protected areas in the North Sea and Baltic Sea free of fishing, military use, resource extraction, other economic interventions; promote alternative fishing methods
  • Removal of military contaminated sites on land and water; financing from the budget of the German Armed Forces

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Migration

Asylum and Resettlement

 

  • Commitment to the fundamental right to asylum 
  • Rejection of an expansion of the existing family reunification program 
  • Significantly increase pressure on identity fraudsters and those who refuse to cooperate by expanding legal and technical means
  • False statements in the asylum procedure must be punishable by the BAMF
  • Reform EU asylum system
  • The Common European Asylum System must be fundamentally reformed; the Commission's proposal for a fair and solidary distribution of costs and burdens is a step in the right direction
  • Establishment of European-managed decision-making centers at the EU's external borders; in the long term, this could lead to the development of a European authority that supports member states and assumes coordination tasks
  • Development of common standards in European asylum law and Europe-wide harmonization of reception conditions, procedures, accommodation and care in order to prevent internal migration

 

 

  • Humanitarian and solidarity-based asylum and refugee policy 
  • Reform of the Dublin system towards a solidarity-based distribution mechanism 
  • Further Europeanization of the asylum system 
  • Creation of legal migration channels as part of a comprehensive approach 
  • Development of the European Asylum Support Office into a fully-fledged European asylum agency 
  • Promote receptiveness of European municipalities and cities and take up "safe havens" initiative 
  • EU to establish vaccination quota for refugees 

 

 

  • Current conditions in the camps mean breach with European values and human rights 
  • For the reception of Afghan local forces, which are in danger due to the cooperation with German institutions such as the Bundeswehr or GIZ 
  • States, counties, cities and municipalities should be given more opportunities to have a say and to shape the humanitarian reception of refugees
  • Asylum procedures must be legally secure, fair, transparent and timely; includes adequate staffing and functioning quality management of the BAMF
  • Applications for family reunification under the Dublin Regulation must be approved quickly
  • Pandemic-related loss of work, training or study places must not lead to disadvantages under residence law
  • Offer Edward Snowden life in Germany
  • Change the approval rule between the BMI and the states from agreement to consultation; thus clarify that in the future, federal states can decide independently and freely to accept refugees beyond the Königstein Key; promote readiness to accept refugees through federal and EU funds
  • Ensure non-governmental independent asylum procedure counseling for all asylum seekers
  • Reverse possible 18-month extended stay of refugees in initial reception facilities to a maximum of three months
  • Optimize asylum procedural law 
  • Abolish the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act (Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz); abolish legal regulations that are hostile to integration, such as work bans, blanket residence requirements, and benefit cuts
  • Reverse undermining of residence and asylum laws
  • Reject the proclamation of "safe" countries of origin or third countries - also at the European level
  • Abolish airport procedures and immediate rejections at German internal borders
  • Reduce permanent toleration to zero if possible; secure right to stay after 5 years; 3 years for families with minor children, adolescents and youths 
  • Secure right to stay for victims of human trafficking

Reform of the EU Asylum System

  • European refugee policy is Europe's big failure
  • Early asylum procedure checks at external borders are not compatible with Green plan 
  • Rejection of inhumane camps and closed facilities, transit zones or European external camps in third countries 
  • In favor of pragmatic issuance of passport replacement documents
  • Turkey is not a safe third country 
  • Plan to break EU blockade: Community registration centers run by EU institutions in EU countries at the external border register refugees, cross-check them against security-related databases, provide them with medical and psychological care, and house them in accordance with human rights; taking into account language skills and circumstances such as family ties, the EU's asylum agency determines which host member state will conduct asylum procedures; Underlying distribution mechanism relies initially on voluntary willingness of member states, regions and cities - then receive assistance from EU integration fund; if reception places are not sufficient, all member states expand their offer in proportion to GDP and population size on a mandatory basis or make at least an equivalent contribution to total costs 
  • More staff at German and European embassies and the possibility to submit applications digitally 
  • "EU-Turkey deal" undermines international asylum law, has failed and must be ended
  • New agreement must be in line with international law, guarantee financial and logistical support on the ground, support Turkey in reception and make binding quota commitments for resettlement in the EU; Turkey must guarantee good care and integration of refugees; agreement must be debated and decided in parliament 

 

 

  • Fundamental right to asylum is inviolable 
  • In particular, those persecuted on religious grounds or on the basis of sexual identity need secure procedures and secure accommodation
  • Create a separate, unbureaucratic and uncomplicated status for war and civil war refugees; should usually return after the end of the war; relieves asylum system 
  • Federal government is responsible for all issues from protection status and termination of residence to deportation; states focus on integration

Reform of the EU Asylum System

  • Binding distribution of protection seekers among EU member states, unless they have no discernible prospects of remaining (
  • If timely agreement is not possible, Germany should lead the way with a "coalition of the willing"; those who do not participate must reckon with appropriate cuts in EU budget allocations to cover reception costs 
  • Fixed eight-year responsibility of the EU member state to which the person in need of protection was assigned; assistance only there; the and further development of the Dublin rules should effectively prevent secondary migration

 

  • Climate refugees must not be further denied the right to asylum
  • Decentralized accommodation of queer refugees
  • Queer people who are persecuted must be granted unrestricted asylum or protection; no deportations, not even to so-called safe third countries; specialized office for LGBTIQA* refugees
  • Individual access to asylum procedures and legal protection must be ensured for asylum seekers at the EU's external borders
  • Rejection of fast-track procedures and detention of protection seekers (whether in so-called return, transit, controlled centers or "hotspots")
  • Decentralized accommodation of queer refugees
  • Queer people who are persecuted must be granted unrestricted asylum or protection; no deportations, not even to so-called safe third countries; specialized office for LGBTIQA* refugees
  • Extend and enforce asylum law; negative competition through lowered standards for accommodation, care and rights must be abolished
  • Comprehensive independent asylum procedure counseling by welfare organizations and associations, which must be publicly financed

Reform of the EU Asylum System

  • EU Commission wants to enforce a "migration pact" that continues to aim at isolation, deportation and disenfranchisement
  • Overcoming the Dublin system; instead, a European refugee levy; unequal distribution can then be compensated for by equalization payments from countries with low numbers of refugees; countries, regions and cities that are willing to take in more refugees will be financially supported with EU funds

 

 

  • Global migration pressure is increasing; contrary to the UN migration pact, migration is not the solution but would only destabilize receiving countries like Germany without solving the problem
  • Current system dysfunctional and resembles a lottery; help on the ground instead of financial disincentives to migrate 
  • Due to high financial incentives, the federal government is heavily to blame, as the pull effect leads to the death of many people
  • Application for asylum only with proven identity; strict punishment for false statements 
  • Loss of protection status should those entitled to asylum have returned to their country of origin 
  • Refusal of any family reunification 
  • Combating the abuse of legally granted asylum application visas 
  • Settlement permit for recognized asylum seekers only after 10 years 
  • "Advice and support" no longer provided by organizations of the "asylum industry" (profiting from high asylum numbers)
  • No work permit for asylum seekers 
  • Annual review of the continued existence of the grounds for asylum 
  • Basic craft training for returnees so that they can rebuild their homeland (fit for return)
  • Reduction of financial incentives; social benefits for asylum seekers exclusively as benefits in kind; social benefits are no longer automatic, immediate and unlimited in time and content
  • Tax on remittances leaving the European Economic Area 

Reform of the EU Asylum System

  • As long as permanent and effective protection of the EU's external borders is lacking, Germany must take them into its own hands
  • Germany's sovereignty in immigration policy no longer given by left-wing extremist "one-world utopia
  • Expansion of the number of safe countries of origin 
  • No blanket immigration quotas and redistribution quotas (neither at national, EU or non-European level)
  • No admission within the framework of a "European solution" abusing sea rescue (creates pull factor)
  • Reverse communitarization of right of residence and asylum; Frontex in parallel with national border security
  • Prevent EU migration pact; no common European asylum system with fixed reception quotas
Refuge

 

Refugee Routes

  • Continue efforts to ensure that the number of people fleeing to Germany and Europe not only remains low, but is further reduced; make a clear distinction between people in need and those who are not in need of protection 
  • Define further safe countries of origin; use possibilities of European asylum law to create a new concept of safe countries of origin, the "small" safe country of origin; Bundesrat and Länder could not block here; unaffected by this would be examination for asylum according to Art. 16a GG
  • Establishment of European-administered decision centers at the EU's external borders; on-site examination of asylum claims 

Border Control

  • External borders must be effectively protected 
  • Expansion of FRONTEX into a genuine border police and coast guard with sovereign powers; increase in personnel capacities 
  • Design databases relevant to border police, such as Schengen Information System or EURODAC, so that all information is retrievable and available 
  • Want to monitor entry at the external borders comprehensively electronically; advance the entry and exit register for third-country nationals EES and the travel information and authorization system ETIAS
  • Allow situation-based dragnet searches; not only in border areas but also in the vicinity of train stations and airports; expand the current border corridor of the German Federal Police 

Causes of Refuge

  • Germany and the EU must assume more responsibility in the Mediterranean region and the Middle East through prevention and mediation
  • EU must intensify cooperation with countries of origin to combat causes of flight (such as poverty); in particular, comprehensive partnership with African continent and active stabilization policy in the Middle East 
  • Expect partner countries in development cooperation to cooperate closely in combating the causes of flight and illegal migration (for example, readmission of own nationals)
  • Improve life prospects on the ground through humanitarian aid for refugees and programs such as the "Cash for Work" employment offensive 
  • Supporting states on the ground in the fight against terrorism

 

 

  • Rejection of the instrumentalization of development cooperation to avert refugees
  • Comprehensive implementation of the Global Compact on Migration 
  • Pushbacks at the EU's external borders are blatant violations of international law; rescue at sea is an obligation of the international law of the sea and must not be criminalized

 

 

  • Establish mandatory protection for people forced to leave their homes due to extreme weather events or environmental change; in particular, support regional approaches to assist those affected 
  • Hold countries that have contributed most to global warming accountable to contribute especially to supporting home and host countries of climate-induced migration 
  • Structurally strengthen UNFCCC Task Force on Displacement and implement recommendations
  • Implement the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees

Refugee Routes

  • Ensure that EU resettlement is aligned with UNHCR criteria
  • Create safe and legal access routes to the EU, including for humanitarian visa applications
  • Lift restrictions on family reunification, including for people with subsidiary protection; allow siblings to rejoin their families again
  • Within the framework of the UNHCR's resettlement program, distribute refugees to host countries in an orderly manner and in a spirit of solidarity; deprives traffickers of the basis of their business
  • Proposal: Together with U.S. and Canada and others in a global humanitarian partnership, significantly expand admission from the resettlement program; in the medium term, achieve fulfillment of at least each country's fair share of annual resettlement needs, as determined by UNHCR, according to economic strength
  • Provide financial and logistical support to host countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Sudan, Pakistan, or Uganda and to aid organizations based there

Border Control

  • Currently systematic breach of law at EU external borders 
  • For European border controls, which has the common protection of human rights as a basis and is not abused for flight prevention 
  • Pushbacks, committed by national border police or Frontex, must be legally and politically punished
  • Commitment to ensuring that intransparency and human rights violations no longer have any room at EU agencies such as Frontex
  • The need for close parliamentary control of Frontex operations and systematic human rights monitoring on the ground
  • Germany must not participate in operations that violate international and human rights law; violations must be prosecuted and must have consequences
  • Continue to fight for a civilian and comprehensive, European-coordinated and financed sea rescue; lead the way with those states that take sea rescue seriously as a duty under international law
  • Civil society rescue initiatives; end criminalization and obstruction by authorities; make it easier to register ships
  • Expand government and civil society human rights monitoring, especially through the EU Fundamental Rights Agency

Causes of Refuge

  • Cooperation with third countries must respect human and fundamental rights as well as international asylum standards and not be aimed at preventing flight
  • Existing "migration partnerships" as well as cooperation with the Libyan coast guard are therefore rejected
  • Readmission agreements must not be made a condition in other policy areas such as development policy or support for the rule of law
  • We cannot influence all the causes of flight; consistent action is all the more decisive where our economic activity and consumption also lead to exploitation and a lack of prospects
  • Putting the structural causes of flight and displacement and our responsibility in this regard at the center of our policies: civil crisis prevention, restrictive export controls on European arms exports to dictatorships and war zones, a fair trade system

 

 

Refugee Routes

  • Possibility to apply for asylum abroad in the embassies of the EU 
  • Establish clear rules in the European law, which enable people to come to Europe without a life-threatening journey

Border Control

  • Faster expansion of the EU border protection agency Frontex to a strength of 10,000 officers; accompanied by structural reform and expansion of control and transparency mechanisms
  • Frontex must take over sea rescue to prevent deaths in the Mediterranean; as long as private agencies that currently do this must not be prevented from doing so 
  • "Pushbacks" are to be taken very seriously; advocacy for intelligence and mechanisms to prevent human rights violations 

 

  • Fighting the causes of flight and not refugees 
  • Clear escape routes and fight the causes of flight; without Frontex, deprivation of liberty and pushbacks and with legal escape routes
  • Conditions in the accommodations for refugees are inhumane
  • Federal government must finally push for the EU to take action against those member states that disregard their human rights obligations
  • Funds for municipalities and cities that are willing to take in refugees
  • Disband "hotspots," such as the Moria slum camp and its successors; immediate humanitarian program to take in people; as long as that is not possible, Germany must lead the way with a coalition of the willing
  • Extend binding refugee rights to poverty, environmental and climate refugees and issue appropriate humanitarian visas; needs comprehensive reception quotas and abolition of visa requirements for protection seekers
  • Municipalities must be able to decide for themselves whether they want to take in more people than the number of refugees allocated to them

Refugee Routes

  • Legal and safe entry to the EU

Border Control

  • Rejection of the inhumane EU-Turkey deal or the agreement with the Libyan coast guard
  • Advocacy of open borders for all people in a Europe of solidarity that does not close itself off 
  • The principle of non-refoulement at the EU's external borders and on the high seas must be followed without restriction 
  • Individual access to asylum procedures and legal protection must be ensured for asylum seekers at the EU's external borders 
  • Reject fast-track procedures and detention of protection seekers (whether in so-called return, transit, controlled centers or "hotspots")
  • Disband Frontex and replace it with a civilian sea rescue program
  • Put existing instruments for monitoring the Mediterranean and external borders at the service of sea rescue; immediately end criminalization of civil society sea rescue
  • The refugee deal with Turkey and similar agreements or forms of cooperation with militias and dictators in states such as Libya, Egypt, Sudan and Morocco must be terminated

Causes of Refuge

  • Those who want to fight the causes of flight must stop creating and exporting them over and over again
  • Rejection of the interlocking of development and security policy in the sense of so-called border protection and migration control
  • Instead of continuing to systematically export causes of flight such as weapons, environmental and climate destruction, and poverty, overcome global injustices, support democracy and social movements from below, and effectively help people in need

 

 

Border Control

  • As long as permanent and effective protection of the EU's external borders is lacking, Germany must take them into its own hands 
  • Entry only for those who are allowed to enter; rejections at the border must become normal again
  • Modern and effective security equipment for the border
  • Modern concept for securing the "green border" (if necessary, physical barriers such as fences) 
  • Better equipment (financial and personnel) for the federal police, use of state-of-the-art search technology such as facial recognition software; expansion of area of responsibility in combating illegal migration and cross-border crime

Causes of Refuge

  • Humanitarian aid in the crisis region itself instead of migration 
Immigration and Toleration

 

  • For effective order and management of migration

Immigration of Skilled Workers

  • Germany is still too little a destination for the world's bright minds 
  • Qualified immigration continues to address the skilled labor needs of small and medium-sized businesses and industry
  • In favor of proposing a tech visa program for highly skilled professionals at the European level
  • Make foreign institutions (embassies, AHKs, schools, DAAD, Goethe Institutes, ...) more active ambassadors and provide information about and promote opportunities for studying and training in Germany
  • Pilot project of "skilled immigration attachés", who provide information about skilled immigration to Germany at German embassies in third countries
  • "Germany Year Scholarship" for students without German citizenship at German schools abroad
  • Strengthening the Skilled Workers Immigration Act through improved recognition of degrees and certification of qualifications, as well as digitalization of the application process

Inner European Migration

  • Strengthening the potential of internal migration with targeted language and qualification offers in the home countries
  • Immigrants and their families from the EU should also be given better support through targeted information and language support measures

 

 

  • Modern citizenship law that legally anchors multiple citizenship; shorten the current standard residence period of 8 years

 

 

  • Adopt modern immigration law; introduce a points-based talent card based on annual workforce needs
  • Facilitate educational migration via scholarships and educational visas; facilitate requirements for permanent residence permits and recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad
  • Expand and consolidate well-functioning concepts for labor migration, such as the Western Balkans arrangement

Immigration of Skilled Workers

  • Facilitate immigration by introducing a talent card and faster recognition of educational and professional qualifications, also reciprocally within the EU 

Inner European migration

  • Employees from other EU countries often work in exploitative conditions; they must be paid and protected just as well as German employees, regardless of how long they work here
  • In order to avoid exploitation, among other things, effective action against undeclared work and bogus self-employment, European social security number, more control by a strengthened European labor authority, more information about rights, etc.
  • European-level advocacy for EU citizens seeking work

 

 

  • Two-pillar model consisting of a revised Blue Card and the introduction of an opportunity card for a points system based on the Canadian model (the latter is to be merged into a European talent pool in the medium term)

 

  • In order to live up to the historical responsibility of Western states as the main emitters of climate-damaging greenhouse gases, climate passports are to be offered to EU residents of threatened states that become uninhabitable due to the climate crisis
  • German citizenship for children born here whose parents live permanently in the country; migrants should have a legal right to naturalization after 5 years of residence in Germany
  • Legalization options for people without residence status and effective right to stay regulations for people who have to live in an uncertain residence status or with chain toleration; access to education, health and labor law protection against exploitation
  • Comprehensive visa liberalization and open and inclusive immigration laws 
  • Remove BMI's responsibility for migration and integration; call for a federal ministry for migration and participation

Immigration of Skilled Workers

  • Against a possible shortage of skilled workers, there is no need for a targeted poaching of qualified people abroad, but decent training, working conditions and pay for all people in Germany

 

 

  • Immigration must be decided in democratic self-determination at the national level; replacement of outdated international regulations such as the Geneva Refugee Convention
  • Preventing the naturalization of criminals; in the case of serious crime committed up to 10 years after naturalization, this must be revoked; corresponding adjustment of Article 16 (1) of the Basic Law

Immigration of Skilled Workers

  • Development of an identity-preserving immigration policy based on the Japanese model; claims by some business associations that there is a shortage of skilled workers in Germany only superficially serve the common good; in some cases they even conceal anti-German resentment
  • Foreign medical professionals must have language skills of at least C1 level and professional qualifications must fully meet German standards

Inner European Migration

  • Entitlement to benefits under the basic security scheme for job-seekers only for those EU foreigners who entered Germany with the intention of taking up a livelihood-securing activity and who have pursued this activity for an appropriate period of time; benefits limited to a maximum of one year 
Integration

 

  • The prerequisite for successful integration is a commitment to Germany's fundamental values and norms, its constitution, its laws, its institutions, its history, language and culture 
  • Accelerate language acquisition, focusing increasingly on digital, flexible and target-group-specific offerings
  • Comprehensive language assessment in early childhood education and care 
  • Federal program to promote municipal integration specialists 
  • Support and reach women and mothers through targeted digital offerings
  • Better recognition and transferability of foreign qualifications; special emphasis on labor market integration of women
  • Important that imams preaching in this country are also trained in Germany and in German; facilitates integration 

Return

  • More restrictions on the right to stay of those who are obliged to leave the country 
  • Better enforcement of obligations to leave the country, e.g. through detention facilities at airports 
  • Consistent deportation of criminals 
  • It must be possible to read data carriers and, in particular, cell phones to clarify security concerns if someone deceives the state about his or her identity and prevents his or her deportation
  • Regulations on detention pending deportation and on deportation detention must be made more practicable

 

 

  • Ensure entitlement to integration and participation offers 
  • Years of "chain toleration" are an obstacle to integration and must be ended by a deadline regulation
  • Public service must be a role model for integration 
  • Strengthen integration and language courses; access from day one - regardless of residence status
  • Immediate possibility of kindergarten attendance and immediate effect of compulsory schooling for children
  • Bring family immigration regulations for beneficiaries of subsidiary protection back into line with those for refugees
  • Creation of sibling reunification for unaccompanied minor refugees
  • Abolition of work bans 
  • Participation and Integration Act, which obliges state institutions to engage in a process of intercultural openness

Return

  • Forced repatriation of people to countries where they are threatened with danger to life and limb is rejected

 

 

  • Do not interpret obstacles to the clarification of identity that are not the fault of the person to be naturalized to the detriment of the person to be naturalized
  • The basis for living together are the values of the Basic Law
  • Decentralized accommodation and a self-determined life in one's own home, a broad range of counseling services, especially for families, as well as indiscriminate access to health and social services and to daycare centers, educational institutions, training and work are essential
  • Sponsorship program based on the Canadian model
  • Refugees should be given the opportunity to change lanes, which will give them more legal security during their training, studies and work and thus enable them to have career prospects in Germany
  • Right from the start to accessible and federally funded language and integration courses; focus also on women and people with learning difficulties
  • Establishment of a municipal integration fund at the European level, providing financial relief to municipalities that have agreed to accept refugees
  • Lowering the barriers to free movement within the EU for recognized refugees
  • Better protect scientists and students persecuted worldwide in Germany and at the EU level and offer them prospects in exile
  • Facilitate the recognition of foreign professional qualifications and the issuance of visas 
  • Those born in Germany are to be granted German citizenship if one of their parents has a legal habitual residence in Germany
  • Accelerated and simplified naturalization procedures for recognized refugees
  • Naturalization procedure
  • Reduce bureaucracy in the naturalization process

Return

  • Human rights-compliant readmission agreements instead of safe countries of origin; in return, offer those countries that effectively guarantee security to their citizens upon return reliable prospects for orderly migration via visa facilitation or training partnerships
  • Readmission agreements must not be made a condition in other policies, such as development or rule of law assistance; not apply to third-country nationals or counteract immigration law
  • Detention without crime to enforce departure is a massive encroachment on the constitutionally guaranteed right to liberty; therefore, ensure consideration of the separation requirement and guarantee of legal assistance
  • End deportations to countries at war and in crisis, including Syria and Afghanistan nationwide; no cooperation with Syrian authorities for deportations and end deportation partnership with Afghanistan 
  • No deportations to countries for which the State Department has issued a travel warning based on Covid-19
  • No deportations of victims of human trafficking

 

 

  • Integration policy model that includes basic law, is independent of religion and reflects social diversity 
  • Language and integration courses must be offered nationwide and free of charge from day one, but must also be accepted; must teach respect for democracy, gender equality, acceptance of sexual orientation and (non-)religious freedom 
  • Integration mentors based on the Canadian model 
  • Partnerships with countries of origin; develop local recruitment strategies with selected partner countries 
  • Simplified access to German citizenship after a total of 4 years (regardless of immigration route); settlement permit after only 3 years 
  • Nationwide implementation of naturalization ceremonies 
  • "German Dream" grant in funding for daycare centers and schools with low socio-economic status; upward mobility partnerships for children from educationally disadvantaged households

Return

  • An orderly immigration law also includes consistent enforcement of the obligation to leave the country through deportation and the creation of sufficient places in detention pending deportation 

 

 

  • Rejection of the restriction of social securities for migrants from EU countries and other states by the federal government 
  • Own housing for refugees; no undignified housing in mass accommodations; decentralized housing in apartments nationwide
  • Free language courses and, instead of discriminatory non-cash benefits, cash benefits equivalent to the minimum income support 
  • Training program for teachers who teach German as a second language; initial provision of school supplies; additional language and literacy courses and information on vocational training for refugees from the employment office
  • Make it easier for refugees to take up studies; must ensure right to stay and protect against deportation
  • Enable scientists who have been politically persecuted to continue their scientific work at universities in Germany
  • Residence and work permits independent of length of employment and employer
  • Need better recognition of qualifications and degrees of non-EU citizens
  • Nationwide hardship fund and an anonymous health insurance voucher for the treatment of people without coverage
  • Legal right to interpreter services as part of medical services
  • Active and passive voting rights at all levels for all people with a migration history living in Germany for a long time
  • Enquete Commission to implement the demands of the UN Anti-Racism Committee and the NSU Committee
  • Immediate program to train additional school social workers and teachers to teach German as a second language
  • Right to family reunification without restrictions, also for refugees in need of subsidiary protection; for underage refugees, right to reunification of siblings

Return

  • Refusal of deportations, especially to war, persecution and misery as a form of double punishment 

 

 

  • Immigrants have a duty to integrate; accept German culture and values; German language particularly important 
  • Cutbacks with regard to education or employment in the public service are rejected 
  • Integration projects of the state are to be evaluated, the profit business of NGOs and welfare associations is to be terminated
  • Ban on headscarves in the public sector and at schools; ban on burqas and nicotine in public places 
  • Abolish the birthplace principle and return to the principle of descent when acquiring citizenship
  • Prepare asylum seekers who are required to attend school for their return to their home country; lack of language skills must not hold back native pupils; if necessary, teach in native language
  • No denominational Islamic instruction in schools; this represents an obstacle to integration
  • German as a learning language in Koranic schools

Return

  • Failure to repatriate is an expression of state failure; powerful anti-deportation industry
  • Voluntary return is preferable to deportation 
  • Facilitation of deportation; in particular, reintroduction of mandatory deportation even for minor crimes, deportation already by criminal convictions, enabling the placement of criminals who have not been deported abroad, creating the legal possibility to keep endangered persons in custody as long as they are still in the country
  • Deportation of dangerous persons also to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria
  • Launch deportation offensive 
  • National and supranational "remigration agenda" based on the principle of "help on the spot"
  • No more tolerations, but obligation to leave the country
  • Transfer of responsibility for enforcement to federal police and their corresponding equipment
  • Include prevention of deportations as a criminal offense
  • Use of free space on Bundeswehr transport flights for deportations
  • Cancellation of the church asylum agreement between BAMF and churches

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Security Policy

European Foreign and Security Policy

 

  • Majority voting in foreign policy 
  • Improved and flexible security architecture, involving the UK 
  • Take the initiative in an alliance of the willing to improve foreign and security policy coordination and increase the effectiveness of European defense
  • Limit military acquisition costs through joint armaments projects with European partners; push forward key central projects with commitment
  • Promote joint armaments projects and procurement with the help of the European Armaments Agency and the European Defense Fund and progressively develop a common security culture and a European arms export directive
  • Establish joint European armed forces in the long term within the framework of the European Defense Union and PESCO
  • Improve military cooperation between national armies and network them more closely
  • Realize own command capability for EU missions by establishing a European headquarters 
  • Expand European cyber brigade; defend against cyberattacks, disinformation, terrorism; develop own offensive capabilities 

 


 

Strategic Autonomy

  • Aim of a European army as part of the peace power Europe
  • Bundling of European armaments cooperation allows synergies and saves unnecessary additional expenditures
  • Introduction of majority decisions in foreign policy
  • Aim of a European army as part of the peace power Europe
  • Bundling of European armaments cooperation allows synergies and saves unnecessary additional expenditure
  • Sovereign development of new arms control and disarmament initiatives for the European continent

Reform of the Council of Foreign Ministers

  • Long-term further development of the office of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy into an EU Minister for Foreign Affairs 

 

 

  • CSDP requires a common EU foreign policy 
  • Advance European policy of global networking and connectivity 
  • Strengthen European External Action Service, Common Foreign and Security Policy, including the role of the High Representative
  • Develop reserve of EU mediators and experts in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and mediation 
  • Joint EU foreign operations should be more closely monitored and controlled by the European Parliament 

Strategic Autonomy

  • Reject the reallocation of funds from the EU budget, previously earmarked exclusively for civilian purposes, for military purposes
  • Establish an EU security union with strong parliamentary control and a common restrictive arms export policy with strict rules and enforceable sanctions
  • Enhance cooperation among the EU's armed forces, pool military capabilities, achieve more efficient procurement and close generally recognized capability gaps jointly and by consolidating the European armaments sector; this will require appropriate equipment, expansion of EU units and strengthening and consolidation of the joint EU command structure and European initiatives such as PESCO 
  • Reduce dependence on third parties in critical areas and expand sovereignty and strategic capability to act

Hybrid Threat

  • Needs interdepartmental strategies to combat hybrid threats, clear legal requirements, and strong parliamentary oversight for Bundeswehr actions in cyberspace 

 

 

Strategic Autonomy

  • Support the goal of strategic autonomy; primarily means the ability to act and assert values, e.g. in the areas of energy supply, raw material imports and digital technology
  • In trade and development policy, EU must use own strengths more strategically
  • Must not lead to protectionism or self-isolation
  • CSDP must develop own military capabilities; does not contradict transatlantic partnership or NATO
  • Develop a European army under joint supreme command and parliamentary control 
  • Want common EU external energy policy 
  • In view of Europe's dependence on energy imports, energy policy is also always foreign and security policy and requires a common stance by EU members 
  • Gradually closer interlocking and expansion of joint capabilities of armed forces of EU member states willing to integration
  • Creation of a European Defense Union as an intermediate step toward a future European Army
  • Creation of European command structures and a joint military headquarters, but also of training facilities, such as a European Security Academy 
  • Exchanges between armies through Erasmus+ for soldiers of all ranks
  • Strengthening interoperability with NATO forces in all these activities

Reform of the Council of Foreign Ministers

  • Qualified majority instead of unanimity principle 
  • High Representative must be a real EU Foreign Minister 

 

 

  • USA and EU try to assert their supremacy against Russia and China; threatens to escalate into a new Cold War; against imperialism 
  • German government and EU are arming; thus intensifying conflicts
  • ESCO is to ensure that billions are spent on armaments, while there is a huge lack of arms control and civil conflict management
  • Expansion of a "military union" does not lead to more security, but only militarily safeguards corporate interests
  • With the European Peace Facility (EFF), the EU itself becomes a supplier of weapons and ammunition
  • Rejection of plans for a European defense union and cooperation between NATO and the EU
  • Rejection of the European Defense Fund
  • Abolish the EU Armaments Agency
  • EU-wide ban on arms exports; immediately stop exports to authoritarian regimes like Turkey or Egypt
  • End PESCO and all military-related EU programs and funds, such as the European Friends Facility

 

 

  • Rejects communitarization of European foreign and security policy (CFSP) and the European External Action Service 

Strategic Autonomy

  • Transition to a multipolar world; Germany should strive to achieve strategic autonomy for its European partners

Hybrid Threat

  • Massive strengthening of the Bundeswehr against hybrid threats and cyberattacks

 

Armaments Policy

 

Disarmament and Arms Control

  • Support measures against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and associated missile technologies and the outlawing of autonomous-killing weapons systems 

Nuclear Disarmament

  • Long-term goal: Nuclear weapons no longer needed for deterrence; push for greater momentum in arms control and disarmament
  • Long-term goal: Complete disarmament of all intermediate-range nuclear missiles and cruise missiles in Europe 
  • Existing agreements must be respected

 

 

  • Restrictive arms policy is central
  • New arms export law stipulating that German arms exports to countries outside the EU, NATO and equivalent states are restricted and that control over the whereabouts of the weapons - documented in a publicly comprehensible manner - is extended (exceptions: only justified individual cases)
  • Arms exports to non-EU or non-NATO countries only if the recipient country ratifies and complies with the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Disarmament and Arms Control

  • Existing agreements on arms control and disarmament must be saved at all costs
  • Establish arms controls in the areas of biotechnology, cyber and AI
  • Goal: outlaw autonomous lethal weapons systems
  • Involve China more fully in all disarmament efforts
  • International nuclear agreement
  • Resume talks with U.S. administration on how to fully implement the JCPoA with Iran 

Nuclear Disarmament

  • A conscientious, factual and careful discussion of technical nuclear sharing should precede a decision on a successor system to the Tornado
  • Goal: world without nuclear weapons; obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) must be implemented 
  • UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons brings further momentum; as an observer at the Conference of the Parties, DEU should constructively support the intentions of the treaty
  • Support for the start of negotiations between Russia and the USA on verifiable and complete disarmament in the sub-strategic area with the aim of withdrawing and destroying nuclear weapons in Germany and Europe

 

 

Disarmament and Arms Control

  • First steps to revive conventional arms control are de-escalating measures in conflict zones and resumption of security dialogue and military contacts between NATO and Russia; involve all countries, including China 
  • Germany must take the lead in regulating autonomous weapons systems in an internationally binding manner and in outlawing and banning applications that violate ethical and international law principles in an internationally binding manner
  • The same applies to digital weapons such as attack and spy software 

Nuclear Disarmament

  • Aspiration of a world free of nuclear weapons 
  • New treaty initiative necessary after denunciation of the INF Treaty; rejection of the stationing of new medium-range missiles in Europe 
  • Use transatlantic relaunch and revival of New-START to enter into talks with USA on Obama's "Global Zero 
  • Germany to be free of nuclear weapons and join the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; can only be achieved through intermediate steps: first, Germany should participate in the Conference of the Parties as an observer; beyond that, in the coming legislature, an international initiative to reduce the number of nuclear weapons, a NATO renunciation of any first strike, and a broad public debate on the outdated deterrence doctrines of the Cold War
  • Awareness of the need for numerous talks in the alliance in view of Russian rearmament, as well as strengthening and reassurance of the Poles and the Balts 

 

 

Disarmament and arms control

  • Need urgent disarmament negotiations on cyber weapons and hypersonic glide vehicles 

Nuclear Disarmament

  • Commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons 
  • Germany and Europe must provide strong impetus to renew and rethink the instruments of disarmament and arms control 
  • Can only succeed if nuclear weapons states such as China are involved in addition to the USA and Russia
  • Urgent need for disarmament negotiations on hypersonic glide vehicles 

 

 

 

  • Support programs in the economy as well as for research at universities should only serve civilian production

Disarmament and Arms Control

  • Adherence to the vision of a world without armies
  • In the coming year, call on all countries in the world to reduce military spending by 10%; leaves relative security balance the same and frees up billions for pandemic recovery, social systems and fighting hunger and poverty

Nuclear Disarmament

  • Nuclear weapons powers are not meeting their disarmament obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • UN General Assembly voted in favor of a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); German government did not even participate in negotiations; this was wrong
  • Rejection of the dangerous concept of nuclear deterrence 
  • Use of uranium-enriched mission must be outlawed
  • Federal government must heed appeal of "Mayors for Peace" campaign and move forward with global outlawing of nuclear weapons 
  • U.S. nuclear weapons must be withdrawn and destroyed immediately; no nuclear weapons may be stationed in Germany; the German government must not provide delivery systems and pilots for them
  • Nuclear sharing within NATO must be ended; no combat flight carrier systems may be made available or acquired for this purpos
  • Germany must finally sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  • Germany should support a relaunch of the treaty banning medium-range missiles between the USA and Russia

 

 

  • Preservation of an efficient and autonomous defense technology industry in Germany

Disarmament and Arms Control

  • Commitment to strengthening and expanding control mechanisms for conventional and nuclear armaments; as well as renegotiation of recently suspended treaties (INF, Open Skies)
  • Commitment to global abolition of NBC weapons 

Nuclear Disarmament

  • Rejects nuclear first-strike reservations; advocates global abolition of NBC weapons 
Arms Exports

 

  • Arms exports are a shaping element of security policy; commitment to uniform European guidelines

 

 

  • Advocacy for tightening of EU arms export agreements 
  • Arms exports to non-EU or non-NATO countries only if recipient country ratifies and complies with Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) 

 

 

  • Arms exports to dictatorships, regimes that despise human rights and war zones are prohibited 
  • Joint restrictive arms export control by the EU with enforceable strict rules and sanction options
  • Arms export law for Germany, introduction of a right of action by associations in the event of violations of the new law and effective end-use control 
  • Abolition of Hermes guarantees in the arms sector 
  • Strictly regulate the use of security companies in international
  • Strictly regulate the use of security companies in international conflicts and ban private military companies 
  • Ban the export of European surveillance technology (such as facial recognition software) to repressive regimes; anchor the safeguard clause in German and European export controls 

 

 

  • Support Arms Export Control Act for a legal ban on all arms exports 
  • Support the Hamburg popular initiative against arms exports 
  • Immediate stop of all arms exports, especially export of arms factories, small arms and light weapons 
  • End Hermes guarantees; arms exports must no longer be supported with taxpayers' money 
  • Force European arms companies such as Airbus or Rheinmetall to cease arms production for authoritarian regimes; the same applies to digital technology that enables surveillance and control of telecommunications and terminal equipment 
  • Close legal loopholes that allow German companies to circumvent German laws 
  • Exports of dual-use goods that can be used to manufacture chemical or biological weapons must not be approved to states that have not ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention or the Biological Weapons Convention, respectively 
  • Exports of substances suitable for the production of chemical weapons must be subject to tighter controls
  • Together with social partners from trade unions, the peace movement and churches, develop conversion programs for and with employees in the arms industry in order to create new, civilian jobs 
New German Foreign and Security Policy

 

  • Make Germany fit for global politics; can only succeed with new foreign policy strength 
  • Must be more prepared than in the past to use all instruments of German foreign, defense and development policy, including military ones if necessary
  • Assume more responsibility with partners internationally, both in robust operations and in peace missions and development cooperation on the ground 
  • Become a security architecture that enables better coordination and a forward-looking strategic approach 
  • Bundle more strategic approach in a national security strategy to be presented regularly and debated in parliament 
  • Create a National Security Council in the Federal Chancellery 

 

 

  • Establishment of a mechanism at the parliamentary level that examines programs, laws and plans to determine whether they contradict peace policy goals

 

 

  • Aligning all policy areas in Germany with sustainability transformation 
  • More interdepartmental analyses, early crisis detection and project planning, closer coordination with international partners, and an appropriately endowed fund
  • "Crisis prevention, conflict management and peacebuilding" 
  • Strengthening scientific freedom must be a central aspect of foreign policy; therefore, expand foreign science policy 
  • Establish a National Council for Peace, Sustainability and Human Rights; for strategic and coherent action in all departments and policy areas 
  • Introduce a sustainability and human rights TÜV for proposed legislation; check for compatibility with UN sustainability and climate goals and human rights agreements 
  • 50% women's quota in all international negotiations, secondments to international organizations and implementation levels; also means 50% quota in the selection of personnel for international assignments, in ministries working internationally, and in both the senior and European Foreign Services 
  • Stable indicators, criteria and timeframes for gender equality plans of ministries, comparable to Swedish Government 
  • Make the Foreign Service fit for today's tasks
  • Together with civil society and academia, develop binding guidelines for a feminist foreign policy for the German government 

 

 

  • Call for a unified German foreign, security and development policy; more strategic and institutionally unified approach 
  • Implement the networked approach more strongly than before 
  • Establish a National Security Council 
  • Develop an overall political strategy that sets out goals and priorities
  • Invest 3 percent of GDP in international security (3D - defense, development, diplomacy) as part of the networked approach; in this way, fulfill NATO commitments, consolidate development policy and strengthen diplomacy 
  • Commitment to improved, earlier and more stringent coordination of Germany's European policy in the next government 

 

 

  • Rejection of the enemy image designations of China and Russia in NATO and EU strategy papers
  • Non-violent conflict resolution and cross-border cooperation, instead of arms exports and foreign deployments of the Bundeswehr 
  • Rejection of the GroKo's rearmament and confrontation course 
  • Rejection of civil-military cooperation; civilian aid must not be linked to military measures
  • Foreign policy must become feminist social and ecological and not only serve economic interests and put short-term self-interests first 
  • German foreign, development and human rights policy must promote peace policy and gender justice worldwide
  • Close all foreign military bases in Germany
German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr)

 

  • Continue along the path of cooperation and integration with armed forces in Europe and allies 
  • No place for extremists in the Bundeswehr 
  • In the event of a particular terrorist threat, the Bundeswehr must also be allowed to provide support in the interior; under the leadership of the police and within the framework of defined limits
  • Visits by Bundeswehr youth officers to schools should have a fixed place in the school curriculum
  • Free rail travel for soldiers a complete success; expansion to include public transport 
  • Vows to be held largely in public 
  • Continue voluntary military service in homeland security 

Bundeswehr Equipment

  • Bundeswehr must have all modern technologies needed for defense; this includes unmanned and AI-integrated systems 
  • Target: By 2030 at the latest, the Bundeswehr should provide at least 10% of NATO's military capabilities 
  • Explicit commitment to NATO's 2% target
  • Germany's participation in nuclear sharing is an important component of credible deterrence; necessary financial resources must be made available for this purpose
  • Bundeswehr Planning Act to secure financial resources even in the event of economic fluctuations 
  • Increase number of soldiers to 203,000 in accordance with personnel structure model 
  • Renewal of the procurement system 
  • Develop new capabilities in cyber and information space and in space; seek legal regulation of military use of AI, cyber and space capabilities 
  • Strengthen Bundeswehr capabilities for drone defense, air defense, and electronic warfare 
  • Limit military acquisition costs through joint armament projects with European partners; advance key central projects with commitment 

Drones

  • Commitment to the weaponization of drones, which is nowadays a matter of course in military terms 
  • Strengthening the Bundeswehr's drone defense, air defense and electronic warfare capabilities 

Bundeswehr Deployment

  • Participate in foreign missions with partners whenever German security interests are at risk 

Intelligence Reform(s)

  • Reject any weakening of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution 
  • Task of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in combating terrorism Focus on social networks, especially with regard to radicalized individual perpetrators 
  • The powers of the police and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution must be as effective in the digital world as they are in the analog world
  • Adjust the requirements for source tapping and online searches throughout Germany so that they are legally secure and effective
  • Same software for federal and state governments with a common legal framework so that it is fast and reliable in the event of imminent danger 
  • Adapt powers of intervention if perpetrators' modus operandi or technical frameworks change; use possibilities of AI to identify structures at an early stage and counter them 

 

 

  • Attractiveness of service in the armed forces to be increased 

Bundeswehr Equipment

  • Only a well-equipped and modern Bundeswehr can fulfill its tasks as an international partner
  • In the last legislative period, after years of austerity measures, investments in the defense budget were increased; principle: equipment instead of rearmament 

Drones

  • Protection of soldiers, also by drones; decision on whether these should be armed only possible after a comprehensive political and social debate with careful consideration of all aspects 
  • Unmanned armed drones to be recorded internationally and included in international regulatory framework; comprehensive debate 

 

 

  • Bundeswehr should reflect the diversity and variety of society in its personnel structure
  • Ideologies that are hostile to humanity and right-wing extremism have no place in the Bundeswehr; such structures must be dismantled and consistently pursued; in addition to comprehensive education, effective prevention is crucial, through practiced and further developed Innere Führung (internal leadership), responsible recruitment of personnel and up-to-date, binding political education 
  • Rejects the recruitment of minors as well as the armed deployment of the Bundeswehr in internal affairs  
  • Needs interdepartmental strategies to combat hybrid threats, clear legal guidelines and strong parliamentary control for the actions of the Bundeswehr in cyberspace; Bundeswehr needs a self-image in digital space oriented toward protection and defense 
  • Soldiers should be comprehensively cared for and supported after missions; expand services for mission victims 
  • Ending voluntary military service in homeland security
  • Equalize political education in schools by strengthening civilian crisis prevention and conflict management

Bundeswehr Equipment

  • The Bundeswehr must be securely and predictably equipped in terms of personnel and materiel in accordance with its mission and tasks, and must be organized in the best possible way; inadequate protective equipment during missions is unacceptable

Drones

  • Reject armed drones for extralegal killings and other acts in violation of international law 
  • Recognize, however, that these systems can better protect soldiers 
  • Therefore, it must be made clear for which Bundeswehr deployment scenarios armed drones should be used at all before deciding on their procurement; factors such as "hackability" must play a role in consideration

Bundeswehr Deployment

  • Support international missions within the UN framework that contribute to stability, the protection of civilians, and the implementation of peace processes; use of force as a last resort may be necessary 
  • Bundeswehr missions abroad must be embedded in a system of mutual collective security - i.e. not in unconstitutional coalitions of the willing - and in an overall political concept based on the Basic Law and international law
  • A mandate from the United Nations is required for interventions in the sovereignty of a state or where state sovereignty is lacking 
  • Abuse of the veto power in the UN Security Council to cover human rights violations poses a dilemma for the international community, since inaction is just as damaging to human rights and international law as action 
  • Address resource and capability gaps in peacekeeping and significantly increase civilian and military contributions to UN operations
  • High proportion of women through targeted recruitment; deployment needs a clear and achievable mission, balanced civilian and military capabilities, and independent (interim) evaluations 

Intelligence Reform(s)

  • Constitutional protection has gambled away a lot of trust in the past
  • The expertise on anti-constitutional efforts that already exists in academia and civil society must be used more systematically; include expertise and strengthen it across the board through the Democracy Promotion Act
  • Structural reorganization: first, with an independent institute for constitutional protection that works scientifically from public sources, and second, with a downsized Federal Office for Danger Identification and Counterintelligence, which works with intelligence resources that conform to the rule of law and are clearly separated from police tasks
  • Closer parliamentary control and legal regulation of the use of human sources in order to regain trust

 

 

Bundeswehr Deployment

  • Training and equipping soldiers must be brought into line with the missions of the Bundeswehr 
  • Support for the NATO Wales Decision 
  • The trend reversals that have been initiated must be reviewed and the modernization process must be financially secured in the long term
  • Invest 3% of GDP in international security (3D - defense, development, diplomacy) as part of the networked approach; thus fulfills NATO commitments, solidifies development policy and strengthens diplomacy 

Drones

  • Homeland security in the airspace and drone defense must be borne by the public sector and organized effectively 

Intelligence Reform(s)

  • Reject the use of "state Trojans," especially for intelligence gathering
  • Source tapping and online searches only if core area of people's private lives is protected 
  • No exploitation or acquisition of IT security vulnerabilities; instead, vulnerability management and reporting to the BSI
  • Rejection of data retention; instead, quick freeze procedure
  • Parliamentary control and data protection oversight must also apply to security agency cooperation platforms such as GTAZ or GETZ 
  • Security law moratorium pending evaluation of security laws related to existing powers 
  • Anchor separation law to separate tasks of intelligence services and police in GG
  • Reorganize control of intelligence services according to three-pillar model (judicial independence; improved parliamentary control; parliamentary intelligence commissioners)
  • Telecommunications companies must provide effective legal protection; those affected need a practically effective right of action against surveillance measures 
  • Surveillance in Germany or another EU state must be communicated to those affected after the measures have been completed

 

 

  • No accession of a federal government that wages wars, permits combat missions of the Bundeswehr and promotes rearmament and militarization
  • Rearmament of the Bundeswehr is accompanied by militarization of society
  • Extreme right-wing, racist and democracy-endangering ideas in the Bundeswehr and in security companies working for Germany must be uncovered and combated
  • Scandal surrounding right-wing networks in the Bundeswehr shows the danger to democracy posed by the Bundeswehr's orientation toward war missions
  • Rejection of Bundeswehr advertising in job centers, schools, etc. as well as in public; no advertising for dying 
  • Bundeswehr must not accept minors; not even in so-called voluntary homeland security 
  • Rejection of voluntary homeland security as a form of militarization of society 
  • Rejection of the use of the Bundeswehr in the interior; disaster control must be better equipped - Bundeswehr not as planned compensation for poor disaster control; Bundeswehr must never be given police powers 
  • Bundeswehr and secret services have no business in the area of defense against attacks on IT infrastructure; instead, promote independence of BSI
  • Study on racism and right-wing ideas in the Bundeswehr 
  • Disband the KSK 
  • Annual reduction in military spending 

Bundeswehr Equipment

  • Federal government and EU are arming; thus intensify conflicts 
  • Refusal to invest in militarization and rearmament 
  • Conversion of the Bundeswehr into a globally operating army does not serve our security, but large corporations and elites in the global struggle for raw materials, spheres of influence and sales markets; first dismantle material and troop units that are designed exclusively for foreign missions 
  • Expenditures for armaments must be drastically reduced; will reject increases in military and armaments expenditures; the price for a highly equipped Bundeswehr is the lack of billions in tax revenues for the expansion of the health care system, social infrastructure, education and climate protection
  • Invest funds currently spent on foreign missions in a civilian reconstruction and peacekeeping program
  • Downsize the Bundeswehr 
  • Do without large-scale armament projects such as FCAS or MGCS 
  • Disband the Bundeswehr's cyber and information space; Left strictly rejects paradigm shift in military technology to "revolution in military affairs" (RMA) and cyberwar 
  • No new combat flight carrier systems for nuclear sharing should be acquired

Drones

  • No to combat drones
  • As a first step, Germany must generally refrain from arming drones and lobby internationally for a ban on nuclear weapons that is binding under international law
  • Arming drones first step toward autonomous weapons systems, for example planned remote carriers at FCAS; Left rejects this 
  • Close Ramstein and other US military bases in Germany; no drone warfare from German soil! 
  • Federal government must launch initiative for worldwide outlawing of autonomous weapons systems; no more research for this in Germany

Bundeswehr Deployment

  • Left opposes all foreign missions mandated by the Bundestag; also opposes the presence of German soldiers abroad under NATO responsibility (such as in Lithuania) 
  • Withdrawal from Afghanistan is to be welcomed, but reveals disaster; none of the declared goals has been achieved
  • Bundeswehr must not be re-deployed in new foreign missions 
  • Rejection of training missions for soldiers and security forces 
  • No participation in international police and intelligence missions or training missions that serve to support authoritarian regimes 
  • Withdrawal of the Bundeswehr, special forces and intelligence services from all active foreign missions 

Intelligence Reform(s)

  • No participation in international police and intelligence missions or training missions that serve to support authoritarian regimes
  • Withdrawal of the Bundeswehr, special forces and intelligence services from all active foreign missions 

 

 

  • National and alliance defense as main task 
  • Cultivating a strong esprit de corps, German values and living the best traditions of German military history (incl. songs and customs)
  • Massive strengthening of the Bundeswehr against hybrid threats and cyberattacks 
  • Re-introduction of compulsory military service, supplemented by a community service year (in nursing, fire department, THW) for those who do not opt for military service
  • Service in the armed forces reserved exclusively for Germans (i.e., no other citizenship) to avoid conflicts of loyalty
  • Uniform federal pay for soldiers, police officers and emergency services, with hazard, overtime and special duty allowances

Bundeswehr Equipment

  • In line with U.S. demands for equitable burden sharing and European aspirations for a greater say in NATO, it is in Germany's interest to strengthen the European pillar of NATO 
  • Bundeswehr in desolate condition; privatization and centralization must be reversed; autonomy in materiel and personnel; responsibility returned to inspectors and commanders 

Intelligence Reform(s)

  • The Office for the Protection of the Constitution must be reformed so that it can no longer be misused as a party-political instrument against political opponents
Terrorism

 

  • Resolutely oppose all forms of extremism, whether from the right, the left or Islamism
  • Violent left-wing extremism must be consistently countered
  • Increasing anti-Semitism is shameful; clearly name and combat it - regardless of where it comes from
  • Islamophobia must not be tolerated, nor must antiziganism and other racially motivated devaluations of groups
  • In the future, the German Bundestag should receive regular reports on extremism from the federal government

Counterterrorism

  • Commitment to Frankfurt am Main becoming the seat of the new independent EU authority for combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism
  • Task of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution to focus on social networks, especially with regard to radicalized individual perpetrators
  • GETZ and GTAZ have proven their worth 
  • Further intensify cooperation between all security authorities and constantly adapt to current challenges
  • In the event of a particular terrorist threat, the Bundeswehr must also be allowed to provide support inside the country, under the command of the police and within the framework of defined borders
  • Support states in the Middle East and Mediterranean region in the fight against terrorism
  • Closer cooperation between European police forces and intelligence services in view of the ongoing terrorist threat 
  • Linking existing data from European police forces and security agencies in a way that allows access to data needed to prevent attacks and prosecute terrorism; sharing broadly enough to enable rapid police responses 
  • Pan-European tracking of threats, joint threat assessment, and merging of national threat lists
  • Develop Europol so that it becomes a kind of European FBI in key areas such as cybercrime or terrorism; operational powers remain with member states 
  • For rapid progress on e-evidence regulations at European level
  • Identify extremist tendencies at an early stage with targeted educational work and react in good time 
  • Intensive prevention work in prisons
  • Advice and concrete help for dropouts 
  • Systematically evaluate, professionalize and standardize federal prevention programs 
  • Re-introduce a democracy clause; those who receive funding must commit to the FDGO 
  • Use all necessary instruments: Bans on anti-constitutional organizations, bans on symbols of hatred and terror, entry and residence bans, expulsions, deportations and fundamental rights forfeitures
  • Use all legal means to monitor dangerous persons; establish legal basis for monitoring with state-of-the-art technology (e.g. electronic ankle bracelets) 
  • Place radicalized dangerous persons in preventive detention as soon as they come to the attention of the criminal authorities; already for first-time offenders 
  • Make soliciting sympathy for criminal or terrorist organizations a punishable offense again
  • Judges should be able to impose a general, lifelong ban on weapons upon conviction 
  • Increase minimum sentence for gun trafficking to no less than 2 years 
  • Politically motivated criminals who are known to the police and change their place of residence to be automatically transferred to the relevant state protection agency 
  • Central Financial Transaction Investigation Unit (FIU) must be significantly strengthened; reconnection to BKA necessary 

Right-Wing Terrorism

  • Right-wing extremism remains the greatest threat 
  • Create special police units for "cold cases" to reexamine unsolved serious crimes with a possible right-wing extremist background 

Islamic Terrorism

  • Islamism is an extremist political ideology; fight it with the full force of the rule of law
  • Take a closer look at the ideological basis of Islamism
  • More transparency with regard to foreign sponsors of mosques in Germany

 

 

Counterterrorism

  • Protection of the Constitution must be a democratic early warning system 
  • Prohibition of anti-constitutional organizations 
  • Consistent intervention by security authorities where religious freedom is abused for religious fanaticism 
  • Advance measures with the states to protect against radicalization and deradicalize offenders 

Right-Wing Terrorism

  • Consistently combat right-wing extremism in the armed forces
  • Countering the emergence of racist thought patterns in everyday police work through supervision, advanced and further training and good working conditions 
  • Establishment of a special prosecutor's office to prosecute anti-Semitism and racism 

 

 

  • Need for a European harmonized definition of threats with legally verifiable classification and de-classification criteria 
  • Cooperation and communication
  • between security authorities, including across national borders, must be reformed; also means creating legal basis for GTAZ and GETZ
  • Rejection of encroachments on fundamental rights for classified dangerous persons beyond the defense against terrorism
  • Rejection of the use of biometric identification in public spaces, such as facial recognition, as well as the indiscriminate expansion of video surveillance, the indefinite
  • data retention, general backdoors in digital devices and applications, or the infiltration of technical devices (online searches or source tapping)
  • Better analytical capacities and resolute punishment and documentation of anti-Semitic incidents 
  • Need guidelines for effective protection of Jewish institutions
  • Continued threats to Muslim institutions show that prevention programs and comprehensive protection concepts for Muslim individuals and spaces are urgently needed
  • Want an independent, civil society monitoring and information center to document and process racist incidents, also against Sinti and Roma; implement new EU Roma framework strategy (post-2020) 
  • Close and consistent monitoring of dangerous persons; consistent execution of open arrest warrants for dangerous persons; consolidate ongoing proceedings across national borders
  • Expand dropout, assistance and counseling programs for people from the right-wing extremist and Islamist scenes; needs a nationwide, professionalized prevention and deradicalization network
  • Strengthen prevention and deradicalization in prisons
  • Step up prosecution of illegal arms trafficking, including and especially on online marketplaces; gradually end availability of weapons, except for hunters

Counterterrorism

  • Cross-border cooperation in fighting crime needs an independent judiciary and fair criminal proceedings in all EU member states
  • Cross-border cooperation in fighting crime needs an independent judiciary and fair criminal proceedings in all EU member states
  • Stronger cross-border police and judicial cooperation: through joint European police teams, by upgrading Europol to a European Criminal Investigation Office, and through closer judicial cooperation between the member states, also with the help of Eurojust and in the fight against fraud affecting EU finances with the EU anti-fraud office OLAF and the
  • European Public Prosecutor's Office using state-of-the-art analytical methods

Right-Wing Terrorism

  • Nationwide networked prevention strategy; also focus on nationalist-folkish and anti-feminist diminesions such as "Grey Wolves
  • Support civil society organizations through democracy promotion legislation
  • Initiate independent scientific studies on racism and right-wing extremism in the security authorities, record hate violence and prosecute it consistently
  • Establish an archive on right-wing terror similar to the Stasi Records Authority (on the NSU murder series)
  • Establish a federal fund for victims and victims of right-wing violence
  • Crimes against black people should be explicitly reported in the constitutional protection report

 

 

  • Politics and security authorities must take specific threat to Jewish life seriously 
  • FDP observes BDS with concern and confronts it clearly 
  • Effective protection of Jewish institutions through state measures 
  • Contact persons at the police to deal with anti-Semitic dangers and deeds 
  • Teaching materials and teachers to prevent anti-Semitic prejudices at schools 
  • Ban on anti-Semitic and anti-Israel business practices in Germany
  • Consideration of a ban on the al-Quds march in Berlin
  • Tougher criminal sanctions for burning Israel flags as an expression of Israel-related anti-Semitism

Counterterrorism

  • Countering all extremism (right-wing, left-wing, religious or nationalist)
  • Parliamentary control and data protection oversight must also apply to security agency cooperation platforms such as GTAZ or GETZ 
  • Findings of national security authorities on cross-border issues should be jointly evaluated and operations coordinated 
  • Better equipment of police and judiciary as well as renewal of the security architecture to counter enemies of the rule of law 
  • Standardization of threat databases and definitions at the European level 
  • Expansion of scientific expertise in the security authorities 
  • Putting prevention work and functioning dropout programs on a reliable footing 

Right-Wing Terrorism

  • Right-wing extremism and racism is a particular challenge 
  • No place for people with right-wing extremist attitudes in public service 
  • Consistent ban on right-wing extremist associations 
  • Intensification of observations of right-wing extremist threats 
  • Protection of particularly endangered groups and institutions by security authorities 

Islamic Terrorism

  • Joint federal and state prevention strategy against Islamist radicalization (after prior evaluation of all ongoing projects)

 

 

Counterterrorism

  • Anti-terrorism legislation of the federal governments of the past 20 years should be put to the test in terms of civil law
  • Lifting of the PKK ban 

Right-Wing Terrorism

  • Extreme right-wing, racist and democracy-endangering ideas in the Bundeswehr and in security companies working for Germany must be uncovered and combated
  • Right-wing terrorists encouraged by a social climate in which the value of human life is questioned
  • Since the Office for the Protection of the Constitution gives priority to protecting informants, it repeatedly obstructs police investigations and even helps build extreme right-wing structures
  • There is no equipment and authority problem with security agencies, but an attitude problem
  • With its policies, the grand coalition has prepared the breeding ground on which racism and ideologies of exclusion thrive
  • Necessary to stop the AfD in parliament and on the streets
  • Set up a committee of inquiry into right-wing terrorism and create focal points of investigation against militant neo-Nazis; release all NSU files
  • Protest and education against the right are a condition of democracy and must no longer be criminalized; strengthen civil society democracy alliances as well as antifa initiatives with a genuine democracy promotion law and provide long-term financial support; there must be no structural mistrust and no compulsion to cooperate with the police and domestic intelligence service
  • Replace the Office for the Protection of the Constitution with an independent monitoring center; not part of the solution, but part of the problem; first step: uncover and end the domestic intelligence service's V-people system and its entanglements with the extreme right
  • Disarm the extreme right and Reichsbürger as well as focus investigations on right-wing terror at the BKA and the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office, especially right-wing networks in the police, the Bundeswehr and special forces
  • Right of abode for victims of right-wing violence
  • Scientific investigation of extreme right-wing attitudes and racist practices in the police and the Bundeswehr; in the police, an independent complaints and investigation body at the federal level, mandatory identification, an overhaul of training and rotation models for closed units are needed
  • Ban on militant, armed, neo-Nazi organizations

 

 

Prohibition of the use of military security and mercenary companies

Counterterrorism

  • Left-wing extremism increasingly crosses threshold into left-wing terrorism 
  • Re-introduction of a binding extremism clause in the allocation of state subsidies 
  • Ban on the left-wing extremist platform "Indymedia 
  • Classify groups associated with Antifa as terrorist groups 

Right-Wing Terrorism

  • Jewish life threatened not only by right-wing extremism but increasingly by Muslims hostile to Jews and Israel 

Islamic Terrorism

  • Islamist terrorism remains a serious threat that must be combated with all available legal means
  • Jewish life threatened not only by right-wing extremism but increasingly by Muslims hostile to Jews and Israel; ban on Al-Quds Days in Berlin 
Democracy Protection

 

  • Media competence is democratic competence 
  • Democracy Promotion Act for long-term support of associations, projects, initiatives
  • Improve access to political education opportunities; make it easier for employees to use educational leave to take time off for volunteer work

 

 

  • Participation and media competence as well as political education as a cross-sectional task in daycare centers, schools and youth welfare for growing democrats
  • Democracy promotion law for foundations, NGOs, etc.
  • Strengthening the Federal Agency for Civic Education 

 

 

  • Scandal about right-wing networks in the Bundeswehr shows the danger to democracy posed by the Bundeswehr's focus on war missions

 

 

  • Totalitarian tendencies threatening democracy (opening of borders, Corona policy) have also increased in Germany, mainstream media have given up critical-objective reporting; only alternative media and whistleblowers remain to expose governmental injustice 
  • EU directive on whistleblower protection insufficient; call for national law on whistleblower protection (adaptation of civil service law, alternative external reporting options, protection of whistleblower) 
  • Comprehensive screening of all mosque associations for unconstitutionality

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Technology and Digitalization

Cyber Security

 

  • Develop new Bundeswehr capabilities in cyber, information space, and space; seek legal regulation of military use of AI, cyber, and space capabilities 
  • Expand European cyber brigade; defend against cyberattacks, disinformation, terrorism; develop offensive capabilities itself 
  • Transparent certification of IT products by the BSI 
  • Advance cyber security research in Germany; includes leading encryption technology and security-by-design solutions; also non-discriminatory algorithms 

Cybersecurity Strategy

  • Continually assess what is needed to respond appropriately to dynamic developments in cyberspace 
  • BSI as a strong third pillar of the cybersecurity architecture alongside the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) 
  • Invest more money in protection against cyber attacks in IT procurement projects 
  • Create own technical capabilities to be able to actively act on the cause of serious cyber attacks to stop them 
  • Expand BSI to become the central agency for information and cyber security issues 
  • Further develop National Cyber Defense Center so that it can coordinate defenses against threats and attacks 
  • "Cyber quota"; in future, allocate certain proportion of material funds for federal IT projects to information security 

Cybercrime

  • Businesses and SMEs in particular are sought-after targets of foreign intelligence services and criminals; protective measures against cyberattacks must be stepped up
  • Expand role of BSI advisory services for businesses 
  • Examine tax incentives such as faster write-off options for investments in IT security; accelerate and simplify applications for funding programs 
  • Further develop Europol so that it becomes a kind of European FBI in important areas such as cybercrime or terrorist attacks; operational powers remain with member states 

 

 

  • Establish arms control in the areas of biotechnology, cyber and AI
  • Strengths of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
  • Expansion of encryption research 
  • Require manufacturers of software, hardware and digital services to be secure (security by design) and to choose the most secure option as the default setting (security by default)

Disinformation

  • Disinformation campaigns threaten democracy 
  • Commitment to European rules to combat punishable online hate speech 
  • Expansion of European early warning systems against disinformation campaigns 

Cybercrime

  • Further develop NetzDG 

 

 

  • Special protection for critical infrastructure
  • The validity of the UN Charter must be extended and international humanitarian law must also be applied in cyberspace; to this end, European cooperation must also be expanded, to which Germany must make a corresponding contribution
  • Germany must work internationally to regulate digital weapons such as attack and espionage software in a binding manner and to outlaw and ban applications that violate ethics and international law in an internationally binding manner

Cybersecurity Strategy

  • In federal IT procurements, factors such as vendor dependency, follow-on procurement, technical openness, security, data protection, repairability, sustainability, and social criteria must be mandatory factors in assessments 
  • Strengthen digital competencies of security agencies
  • Needs interdepartmental strategies to combat hybrid threats, clear legal requirements and strong parliamentary oversight for Bundeswehr actions in cyberspace; Bundeswehr needs a self-image in digital space oriented toward protection and defense
  • All government agencies must continuously increase their resilience and support critical infrastructure operators in doing so 
  • Incentivize good data protection and best IT security, expand innovative, technical approaches to effective protection, and promote auditing and uniform European certifications
  • Provide greater support for the work of supervisory authorities; strengthen the independence of the BSI
  • Promote the development of secure hardware in a targeted manner 
  • Introduce an obligation to actively report security vulnerabilities and work toward remediation

Disinformation

  • In dealing with disinformation, but also for the legal control of platform providers as a whole, better structure supervision both nationally and at European level, e.g., with joint media authority of the federal states

 

 

  • Urgently need international disarmament negotiations on cyber weapons 
  • Strengthen and upgrade the BSI 
  • Strengthen the European cybersecurity agency ENISA

Cybersecurity Strategy

  • Germany must take a leadership role in Europe and internationally as part of an effective cybersecurity strategy, especially on the right to privacy, anonymity online and encryption, and protection of personal data and from mass surveillance 
  • Actually implementable and agile cybersecurity strategy; components: effective vulnerability management, right to encryption, security-by-design incl. liability of manufacturers for damages caused by negligent IT gaps, obligation of manufacturers to provide updates during the normal useful life of a product 
  • Initiation of a national strategy for cybersecurity in science together with the states, universities and scientific institutions 

Disinformation

  • Want to empower Europe's liberal democracies to be able to defend against disinformation
  • Germany needs to take a more proactive approach through active diplomacy, a pooling of responsibilities at
  • intelligence services and the work of political foundations
  • Combine efforts, incorporating the latest research findings 
  • Better protection of critical election infrastructure 
  • Uniform European approach to covert party financing 
  • Advice to member states from the Commission and the European External Action Service 
  • Lifelong learning concepts to teach digital and media literacy so that all people can evaluate Internet content in context 
  • Strengthening Deutsche Welle abroad 

Cybercrime

  • Enable victims of crimes on the Internet to obtain a right to information against platforms and Internet providers 
  • Abolish NetzDG and replace it with a regulatory mix; it is the task of the state to take action against criminal acts 

 

 

  • Research on IT security must be promoted more strongly and not criminalized
  • Disband cyber and information space of the Bundeswehr; Left strictly rejects paradigm shift in military technology to "revolution in military affairs" (RMA) and cyberwar
  • Combating cybercrime and protecting critical infrastructure are the responsibility of domestic security agencies, not the Bundeswehr
  • Extend liability of IT software manufacturers; legal requirements for product lifetime, mandatory security updates and support
  • Prohibit and prevent intelligence agencies from buying up information about and commissioning work on security vulnerabilities in IT systems
  • Obligation to report security vulnerabilities
  • give 
  • Oppose the EU Commission's efforts to criminalize end-to-end encryption

Cybersecurity Strategy

  • German armed forces and intelligence services have no business in the area of defending against attacks on IT infrastructure; instead, promote independence of BSI
  • Open source operating systems and applications must be promoted by the state; the development of privacy-by-design standards can be linked to the promotion of open source technologies
  • Digital violence on the Net must be legally recognized and prosecuted; build up competence in law enforcement agencies

Disinformation

  • Stronger media education instead of censorship is needed to combat disinformation

Cybercrime

  • Combating cybercrime and protecting critical infrastructure is the task of domestic security authorities, not the Bundeswehr

 

 

  • Authorities must not use software backdoors; security vulnerabilities must be reported and closed immediately Massive strengthening of the Bundeswehr against hybrid threats and cyberattacks 
  • Municipal critical infrastructure must be better protected against hacker attacks 
  • Immediate update of all IT security laws and strategies in Germany 
  • Uniform legal framework for certification and standardization of IT infrastructures, products, services and systems
  • Expansion of the BSI into an authority for digital consumer protection
  • Abolition of the NetzDG 
Data Protection and Privacy

 

  • GDPR enables sovereign handling of data, but can only be used by individual citizens with a lot of effort 
  • Voluntary data donation passport gives new opportunities for simpler and clearer consent forms and cookie consents 
  • The potential of data is still not sufficiently exploited; data protection is not a "super fundamental right"; excessive interpretation of data protection requirements must not be allowed to inhibit innovation and slow down procedures bureaucratically
  • Fundamental issues in data protection should be decided once and bindingly throughout the EU at the European level 
  • Ensure greater data transparency (comprehensible terms and conditions, active decisions on use of data) 
  • Eliminate legal ambiguities in data protection and streamline authority structures; harmonize data protection supervision in Germany; better coordination and comparable interpretation at European level 

Big Data

  • To enable innovation, pharmaceutical companies need pseudonymized healthcare data 

 

 

  • Based on the model of a digital "life chain," citizens (in an official context) should be able to assign and delete authorizations themselves in order to control who accesses their data
  • Protection of the right to informational self-determination 
  • GDPR is milestone; needs practical improvement in enforcement
  • Need well-equipped and effective data protection supervisory authorities 
  • Against mandatory use of clear names on the Internet 
  • Technically secure end-to-end encryption a matter of course 
  • Create permanent, regular and independent monitoring of laws in the security sector in relation to the Federal Constitutional Court's ruling on recording by state surveillance measures

Big Data

  • Creation of a data law that focuses on data use for the common good (incl. trusted data-sharing infrastructure; establishment of public data fiduciaries; requiring large corporations to share anonymized data for public good purposes) 
  • Funding for development of anonymization techniques and punitive prohibitions on de-anonymization
  • Stringent regulation and oversight that ensures algorithm and AI decisions are clearly defined and verifiable (including for transparency and anti-discrimination) 

Digital Service Act

  • To protect suspects who have committed crimes from or on the Internet, national protection provisions Criminal Code and NetzDG must be further developed; also advocacy for binding European rules under the Digital Service Act 

 

 

  • Set own European standards and rules 
  • Encrypted communications save lives every day and social media make human rights abuses visible
  • End-to-end encryption must become standard for all government IT projects 
  • Reject the use of biometric identification in public spaces, such as facial recognition, as well as the indiscriminate expansion of video surveillance, indefinite
  • data retention, general backdoors in digital devices and applications, or the infiltration of technical devices (online searches or source tapping)
  • Strengthen secure digital networking of civil society organizations worldwide through trainings
  • Ban the export of European surveillance technology (such as facial recognition software) to repressive regimes; anchor the safeguard clause in German and European export controls
  • Decriminalize encrypted communications; oppose weakening of encryption technologies and standards
  • Data protection authorities to be consulted in Bundeskartellamt merger control and their opinions to be taken into account in merger decisions

Big Data

  • Needs a paradigm shift toward common standards instead of compartmentalized data silos
  • Create new approaches, especially in the industrial sector, to improve joint voluntary use of non-personal and anonymized personal data, e.g. from development and manufacturing processes, and make it legally secure 
  • Clear legal rules for cooperative and decentralized data pools and data trust models
  • such as data cooperatives 
  • Europe needs to invest in its own expertise in big data processing for artificial intelligence 
  • Want to advance quality criteria as well as European efforts for transparency and verifiability in algorithms so that algorithmic decision-making systems do not discriminate; increasingly define and implement equal standards at the European level; also means modernizing the General Equal Treatment Act as well as strict criteria for the use of algorithmic and automated decisions, especially in public administration; platform providers must also be able to make and explain their automated decisions, comparisons or prices transparently
  • Propose a federal transparency law, through which government data holdings are made available to the general public according to the principle of Open Data; wherever possible, use open interfaces, standards and software
  • Establish a public data institute with a statutory research mandate to address fundamental questions about making data more accessible or anonymous and to promote networking and the development of standards and licensing models; goal: timely data for research
  • Strengthen the Federal Statistical Office to improve data availability for policymakers, the public, and researchers and to make data available in a more timely manner

 

 

  • Need more self-determination and transparency in data protection; processing only after consent has been given 
  • Consider impact of data protection measures for SMEs whose core business is not handling personal data 
  • Make data protection usable with as little bureaucracy as possible, effective and technically less costly solutions; targeted regulations, for example, for the protection of telecommunications data or data processing by drones 
  • Rejection of any restriction on cryptography and any obligation to keep IT security loopholes open 
  • Rejection of the use of "state Trojans," especially for intelligence gathering purposes
  • Source telecommunication surveillance and online searches only if the core area of people's private lives is protected 
  • No exploitation or acquisition of IT security vulnerabilities; instead, vulnerability management and reporting to the BSI 
  • Rejection of data retention; instead, quick freeze procedure 
  • Right to anonymity in public space also applies to digital public space
  • Informational self-determination through privacy by design and default; possibility of networking Personal Information Management Systems (PIMS)
  • Strengthening of informational self-determination in general terms and conditions law 
  • Right to encryption 

EU-US Data Protection Agreement

  • EU-US Privacy Shield to be renegotiated quickly to find legally secure solution for transatlantic data traffic 

Digital Service Act

  • Require providers to have interfaces ready for data portability and interoperability 
  • Create an EU-wide framework for non-personal data; reject a general data sharing obligation, but allow access to data sets on a sector-by-sector basis and against payment if competitor has no chance to collect data set itself 

 

 

  • Right to fast access to the Internet, data sovereignty and digital access are part of a basic service guaranteed by the state and should become enforceable fundamental rights
  • Consumers must have the right to determine for themselves what happens to their data without being disadvantaged; GDPR contains important rights for this, but is not yet sufficient; consistently sanction companies for violations; strengthen data protection authorities
  • The public sector, including public companies, should provide end-to-end encrypted communication channels via e-mail and chat that can be operated independently of providers and used decentrally
  • Data privacy and transparency globally; need global cooperation to create a rulebook that sets binding privacy rules for robotics, data flows and AI and makes algorithms transparent
  • Users' and employees' interests in protecting their data and personal rights when using digital systems must be defended against the interests of companies in developing new business models by exploiting as much data as possible
  • It must be possible to use public services without commercially exploiting the resulting data; general terms and conditions must be comprehensible and available in a simplified and barrier-free form
  • The storage of personal data by public authorities must also comply with the principle of proportionality and the fundamental right to informational self-determination for refugees
  • Force European arms companies such as Airbus and Rheinmetall to stop producing arms for authoritarian regimes; the same applies to digital technology that enables the surveillance and control of telecommunications and end devices
  • Ban the export of surveillance technology and the use of autonomous weapons systems and armed drones
  • Ban video surveillance in public spaces; no automatic facial recognition
  • Reject the unprovoked retention and centralized storage of biometric data such as photos of faces and fingerprints
  • Prohibit source tapping and state Trojans
  • Prohibit data retention
  • Strictly regulate data protection for digital payment service providers; strict separation between payment and other corporate services 
  • Employee data protection law

Big Data

  • Data collected as part of commercial smart city projects must be made available to the general public free of charge

 

 

  • Refraining from the use of digitization that promotes totalitarian structures 
  • Adherence to principles of the rule of law in the digital sphere 
  • Rejection of a cross-domain personal identifier for administrative registers; allows creation of personality profiles 
  • Abolish the GDPR and replace it with a lean law 
  • Data protection authorities should also be able to impose sanctions on government agencies 
  • End-to-end encryption by design and by default to be enshrined in law as standard 
  • Expansion of the BSI into an authority for digital consumer protection 

Big Data

  • Encroachments on privacy by data-driven corporations, government agencies and intelligence services in some cases exceed civil liberties; AfD wants to counter these threats and give citizens back their right to informational self-determination
Connectivity

 

  • Link existing and new digital education platforms to create a nationwide and European-capable platform system; as a first step, provide 150 million

Digital Infrastructure (5G)

  • Eliminate all white spots with stationary or mobile masts by 2024 at the latest
  • Create nationwide 5G network by 2025 
  • Provide a total of €15 billion for gigabit networks by 2025 
  • Accelerate unbureaucratic, digital and rapid approval practice 
  • Increase education against skepticism of alternative laying methods at lower laying depths 

GAIA-X

  • Will develop agricultural data space in GAIA-X; goal is to enable interoperability of agricultural equipment data across manufacturers 

Digital Sovereignty

  • Digital sovereignty does not mean compartmentalization 
  • Need smart balance of measures for more digital autonomy and management of different international courses of action to make risks of digital dependency manageable 
  • Europe needs its own hardware and software manufacturers again who are globally competitive; supplier diversity best protects against dependencies 
  • Commitment to a vital market place for Europe that uses global strength to set technological world standards and promote our digital achievements 

 

 

  • For European Clod Infrastructure 
  • For digital sovereignty of citizens and consumers; monopolies of global platform corporations threaten digital diversity and tend to circumvent nation-state rules 
  • Together with EU states, strong and precise regulations must be created to ensure competition and promote alternative offerings; needs more offerings with high data sovereignty 
  • Build long-term and strategic European production of components and parts of digital infrastructures and technologies; independence from China and U.S. 

 

 

  • Encrypted communications save lives every day and social media makes human rights abuses visible
  • Protect and promote free access to information as a public good
  • Make EU-wide interoperable digital identities a basic infrastructure of the digital community; provide every person with a free digital identity; business should also be able to use this process

Digital Infrastructure (5G)

  • When expanding digital infrastructures, e.g. 5G, ensure the integrity of our critical infrastructure, the digital sovereignty of Europe and the observance of human rights such as the right to privacy
  • On the one hand, the highest IT security standards for components in digital infrastructures are necessary; on the other hand, strengthen Europe's technological independence through increased in-house developments and productions, through diverse digital ecosystems and open standards
  • Legal, constitutional, security-related and geostrategic aspects must be included in the review in addition to technical aspects
  • Reject the involvement of untrustworthy companies, especially from authoritarian states, in critical infrastructure
  • In favor of a legal claim to fast basic Internet services 
  • Create independent public funding foundation that promotes socially relevant, free and open software

GAIA-X

  • Realize common European cloud infrastructure based on open source technologies
  • Strengthen national research data infrastructure and seize the opportunities of the European cloud for science and research

Digital Sovereignty

  • Shaping digitization and ensuring that the necessary innovations are developed in Europe
  • and marketable in Europe; to this end, take advantage of the opportunities offered by the German G7 presidency
  • With a view to sectoral structural support such as the development of a hydrogen infrastructure, solar module and battery cell research or support for the semiconductor industry, a European focus is crucial; European cooperation with open standards to avoid dependencies
  • Expand EU capacity in the area of semiconductor technology to 20% of global production as proposed 
  • Particularly promote the areas of AI, quantum computing, IT security, communications and biotechnology or further development of ecological battery cells in order to secure technological sovereignty
  • Strengthen multi-stakeholder governance of the Internet at the international level

 

  • Companies that are subject to the extensive influence of authoritarian regimes should not be involved in the expansion of critical infrastructure such as the 5G network
  • Nationwide, high-performance mobile coverage through genuine competition; fiber-optic network; consistent upgrade of existing mobile function networks 
  • Completion of the nationwide roll-out of a 5G network by 2025

 

 

  • Right to fast access to the Internet, data sovereignty and digital access are part of a basic service guaranteed by the state and should become enforceable fundamental rights

Digital Infrastructure (5G)

  • Counties, cities and municipalities must be supported in building digital infrastructures
  • The profit-oriented mobile network operators have no interest in nationwide network expansion
  • Fiber-optic expansion with annual investment of €10 billion throughout Germany; all homes to be connected 
  • Uniform mobile communications network from a single source; network expansion and operation should be carried out by the public sector

 

 

Digital Infrastructure (5G)

  • Promotion of regional structures in the expansion of fiber-optic and wireless networks 
  • 5G network expansion must continue to be accompanied by scientific studies with regard to health risks and citizens must be informed of the results 
  • Mobile communications frequency band auction must be fundamentally reconsidered

Digital Sovereignty

  • AfD calls for bundling of European IT competencies within the framework of research and development cooperations
  • Mandatory alignment of government procurement with long-term and strategic security policy considerations
  • Better bundle competencies in the field of AI in Germany and promote national cooperation more strongly 
Cyber Diplomacy

 

  • Present and implement the "Women in Digitization" strategy

 

  • Immediate update of all IT security laws and strategies in Germany

 

 

  • Breg's digital strategy is a billion-dollar subsidy for private corporations
Platform Economy

 

  • Be the first country in the world to create a new, future-proof legal framework with the Digitization FCA that puts tech giants in their place and establishes a level playing field 
  • Need clear responsibilities, accountability and due diligence, including reporting and remediation procedures for illegal content 
  • Large online platforms have particular impact on economy and society; therefore need to be even more transparent and develop appropriate risk management tools to protect data integrity from manipulation 
  • Creation of a European digital identity; alternative to the platform logins and identification offerings of the major providers such as Google, Apple, Facebook or Amazon 
  • Facilitate interoperability of providers and messenger services; consider commitment 
  • Advocate for fair taxation of the digital economy at OECD level; should pay taxes where they generate revenue 
  • Establish a permanent governance structure for permanent oversight for messenger service providers 

Social Networks

  • Break the spiral of brutalization of language and political discourse 
  • Initiating investigations by law enforcement agencies in particularly serious cases, if necessary even without filing charges 
  • A variety of preventive instruments and free support services for victims of hate speech; in serious cases, victim advocates and, for traumatized victims, psychosocial process support 
  • Virtual domiciliary rights in the terms of use of service providers must not be used to influence the formation of political will as the core of democracy; in particular, adapt the law on general terms and conditions in the German Civil Code to conform to the constitution 

Digital Single Market

  • Genuine digital and data union with modern competition law based on the social market economy, top-class digital infrastructure, European storage and computing capacities, and uniform data protection law 
  • Develop and introduce a European digital market order as a global pioneer for fair and equitable competition in the digital economy, with modernized competition law and a fair and appropriate "standing charge" in the market order 
  • Digital ecosystems in which all players cooperate for the development and financing of new digital products; advocacy for significant expansion of the
  • Framework conditions for such joint initiatives at European level, e.g. for AI or quantum computing
  • EU should further improve framework conditions for the Digital Single Market and create networks that make it easier for young companies to scale their business models 

Digital Markets Act

  • Want to establish European platform economy 
  • Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act to ensure fair competition, innovative strength of companies and freedom of choice for consumers in the digital economy
  • Establish clear legal framework at European and federal level for digital platforms (incl. liability, security, warranty, software updates, user ratings and product rankings) 

 

 

Social Networks

  • Monopolies of global platform corporations threaten digital diversity and tend to circumvent nation-state rules 
  • Strong and precise regulations must be created together with EU states to ensure competition and promote alternative offerings; needs more offerings with high data sovereignty 
  • Market power of individuals harms; to stay ahead of developments in the market, create preventive and proactive competition and antitrust law with preventive controls 
  • Development of new European instruments to tame powerful platforms or, if necessary, to unbundle them (necessary basis: preservation of net neutrality) 
  • Make interoperability between social networks, digital services and platforms a legal requirement (for example, switching between messenger services) 

Digital Single Market

  • Promote platforms for regional trade and services 
  • Consistent action against tax fraud in online trade and wage, social and environmental dumping 

 

 

  • Internet and tech giants use their market power to restrict or even eliminate competition 
  • Companies should also be able to be split up independently of abuse if their market power becomes too great or is already too great
  • Secure and consistently enforce network neutrality 
  • In dealing with disinformation, but also for the legal control of platform providers as a whole, better structure supervision both nationally and at European level, including with a joint media authority of the federal states 
  • Reject the use of upload filters
  • Relevant acquisition transactions by tech corporations should be reviewed by the Federal Cartel Office to prevent the strategic buyout of burgeoning competition ("killer acquisitions"); data protection authorities should be given the opportunity to comment
  • Interoperability, data portability and open interfaces should be made mandatory wherever possible by market-dominant companies

Social Networks

  • Platform operators must not undermine existing rights, are liable for content, and must uphold fundamental rights when moderating
  • Special duties of care must apply to porn platforms to ensure that visual material is not published against the will of individuals 
  • Platform operators must not undermine existing rights, are liable for content and must uphold fundamental rights when moderating
  • Special due diligence must apply to porn platforms to ensure that visual material is not published against the will of individuals
  • Develop effective legal framework to enable victims of online hate crime to defend themselves; ambitious design and swift implementation of the EU's Digital Services Act to this end
  • Requires law enforcement agencies with the best possible staffing and technical capabilities
  • When deciding which content should be allowed to remain, the targeted use of representative, civil society platform councils could be an option
  • Large operators should participate through a levy on independent counseling services for those affected by hate and incitement to hatred
  • Bundle measures in a law for digital protection against violence; should include possibility to take action against accounts if no perpetrator is identified 

Digital Single Market

  • To shape digitization, services provided by platforms and their market power must be regulated 
  • Platforms must be obliged to ensure European quality and security standards in online commerce as well
  • Clear minimum standards for labor and data protection and digital access rights for trade unions in the new digital world of work (for example, gig and crowd working)

Digital Markets Act

  • Ambitious design and swift implementation of the EU's Digital Services Act as a means of combating hate crime online
  • Commitment to ambitious implementation of the Digital Markets Act at European level
  • Establish a European digital supervisory authority under the umbrella of an independent European antitrust office that acts as an early warning system and can issue sanction-proof cooperation and transparency obligations

 

 

  • For effective control of gatekeeper companies (search engines, social networks, trading platforms)
  • Commitment to net neutrality 
  • Rejection of upload filters 

Social Networks

  • Social networks must comprehensively designate competent delivery agents in Germany

Digital Single Market

  • European Digital Single Market in which business models are easily scalable across Europe and regulatory barriers are removed; need uniform regulation across Europe in a digitized and data-driven world 

Digital Markets Act

  • Support plans to create a Digital Markets Act at EU level, creating antitrust complementary European regulation for gatekeeper companies
  • Act must prevent distortion of competition by favoring own search results, limiting interoperability and using partners' business data for own benefit

 

  • Employees working via platforms must be entitled to full labor and co-determination rights as well as social security protection
  • Monopolies must be broken up; commons-based public offerings 
  • At the European level, advocacy for guidelines and requirements to unbundle market-dominating monopolies
  • Digital corporations must pay taxes where they operate
  • Rejection of the use of upload filters and network blocks; platform operators must not be obliged to delete content without a court order, nor must large platforms be allowed to create their own parallel right without public control
  • Net neutrality must be ensured by constitutional law
  • Rejection of efforts by large digital corporations to enshrine their interests in international trade agreements on e-commerce or within the framework of the WTO; want to secure regulatory and taxation options and enforce minimum standards
  • Promote platform cooperatives and publicly operated platforms as alternatives
  • Prohibit self-favoring by IT companies through platform structure legislation, ensure data protection and guarantee the interoperability and portability of user data under sanctions
  • Commercial software must also include its source code 
  • Platforms like Airbnb must be required to share their data with public authorities

Digital Single Market

  • Money and currency must remain part of state sovereignty, reject creeping privatization; regulate fintechs as strictly as conventional payment service providers 
  • Introduction of a financial transaction tax of 0.1% per transaction; revenue for sustainable development of the Global South, global climate protection and restructuring of industrial society
  • Security by design and default through regulation at European level
  • Mandatory security certification for market access
  • Prohibition of energy- and resource-wasting production of so-called cryptocurrencies

 

 

  • Prevention of upload filters 
  • Quasi-oligopoly of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must respect users' freedom of expression 
  • "Fact checkers" and opinion watchdogs in social media must not receive state funding
  • Require providers to provide non-discriminatory access and maintain content neutrality 
  • Decisions on the legality of content on the platform should no longer lie with the operator, but with the judiciary alone
  • Central reporting office for citizens affected by rights violations on platforms
Research and Innovation

 

  • Target: Industry and government to spend 3.5% of GDP on research and development by 2025 
  • Europe should be a global leader in key industrial fields such as artificial intelligence, quantum technology, semiconductors, hydrogen or blockchain 
  • Need ambitious European technology and industrial strategy that strengthens capabilities to develop key technologies 
  • In the case of CO2-neutral mobility, promote open-technology competition for the best ideas 
  • Goal: To place at least one German university in the world's top 20; therefore continue to support excellent universities 
  • Implement the "Horizon Europe" framework program so that the world's best and most innovative researchers can realize their projects in Europe
  • Improved depreciation rules for future technologies such as investments in server equipment, artificial intelligence, 3D printing or Factory 4.0 
  • Use Blockchain to digitize all files and deeds in planning processes 
  • Create more possible applications for blockchain; too often fails due to legal obstacles 
  • Double tax research allowance to €8 million per company 
  • Provide capacity for experimental spaces and reallabs; strengthen funding and application 
  • By 2025, establish a national agency for biomedical research and development 
  • Establish a bio-IT research center 
  • Reduce bureaucratic hurdles; innovation freedom law 
  • Overcoming EU restrictions on the transfer of science to industrial application 
  • Strengthen digital citizen participation in the search for solutions, for example through hackathons 

Artificial Intelligence

  • Europe should take a leading position worldwide
  • Commitment to significantly expanding the framework conditions for joint initiatives at the European level from politics, science, research and industry - e.g. in AI or quantum computing 
  • Commitment to a value system that exploits the opportunities of AI for healthcare while minimizing the risks 
  • Stronger push to build the capabilities needed for AI in research and development and microelectronics manufacturing 
  • Target new AI professorships; continue to establish AI campuses (important: new patents must remain in Germany) 
  • Build new Bundeswehr capabilities in cyber, information space, and space; seek legal regulation of military use of AI, cyber, and space capabilities 
  • Use AI to help automated speech recognition and translation make a breakthrough; aim to enable people in Europe to communicate without language barriers while launching a flagship project for artificial intelligence 
  • Improved depreciation rules for future technologies such as investments in server systems, artificial intelligence, 3D printing or Factory 4.0
  • Empower SMEs to make better use of AI research results through AI pilots 
  • Using AI for security video surveillance, for example, in soccer stadiums, train stations, etc. 

Quantum Computing

  • Goal: Build competitive quantum computers in Germany by 2025 
  • Expand cooperation with other leading EU countries and advance education and training in quantum technologies 
  • Further expand high-performance computing 

Space

  • Rely not only on established space companies in Germany, but also on the development of a newspace ecosystem and the strong German space sector
  • Build new capabilities for the Bundeswehr in cyber and information space as well as in space; seek legal regulation of military use of AI, cyber and space capabilities 
  • Adopt a space law that is friendly to startups and small and medium-sized businesses 
  • Support the Copernicus program 
  • Develop market through government demand through small satellite offensive, access to all EU and ESA launch programs, space fund under Future Fund, open competition for EU next generation launchers
  • Advocacy at international level for sustainable use of space

 

 

  • Targeted and coordinated support of the European and German digital economy along the entire value chains (semiconductors; quantum technology; AI, edge computing; cyber security; etc.)
  • Promotion of future technologies 
  • Increase target value of overall government spending on research to at least 3.5% of GDP 
  • Stringent regulation and oversight to ensure that decisions made by algorithms and AI are clearly defined and verifiable (including for transparency and anti-discrimination), especially when used in recruitment 

 

 

  • In order to be able to keep up in the international competition between locations, a strong European network of top-level research is required
  • Civilian orientation of science is central
  • Target: Government and companies to invest a total of 3.5% of GDP in research and development by 2025
  • Promote digital and data-driven innovations that can significantly reduce energy and resource consumption or are more sustainable than analog ones
  • Promote alternatives to critical raw materials such as rare earths and their extraction in compliance with human rights
  • Existing funding programs for transfer from theory to application are not sufficient; drive expansion of funding programs for high-tech startups, incubators and entrepreneurship training; silent participation of public institutions should become the new spin-off standard
  • Particularly promote areas such as AI, quantum computing, IT security, communications and biotechnology, as well as further development of ecological battery cells, in order to secure technological sovereignty.
  • Requires private risk capital, which is to be strongly leveraged by state funds
  • Also means attracting urgently needed talent and funding research appropriately
  • State venture capital fund (Future Fund), especially for projects in greentech, AI, sustainable mobility, bioeconomy and circular economy; at the same time, build a functioning secondary market for direct investments and shares in venture capital funds, for example through a co-investing platform
  • "Agency for leapfrog innovation" (SprinD) to be designed more flexibly
  • Expand technology assessment and monitoring for decision-makers
  • Strengthen national research data infrastructure and seize the opportunities of the European cloud for science and research

Artificial Intelligence

  • Lay the foundations today, for example by creating a European ecosystem for testing artificial general intelligence (AI)

Space

  • Maintain independent access to space 
  • Strengthen ESA and the New Space domain
  • Advocate for a European and international legal framework that also regulates private actors
  • Launch more advanced, internationally binding rules to prevent militarization of space

 

 

  • Defending freedom of research and teaching; no Cancel Culture in research
  • Build up new competencies in cutting-edge technology, e.g. by expanding basic research 
  • When making political decisions, observe not only the provider principle, but also the innovation principle, i.e., in addition to risk, determine in impact assessment how what opportunities will be lost by not taking action 
  • Initiate a national strategy for cybersecurity in science together with the states, universities and scientific institutions 
  • Promote software and high-tech companies as well as startups by establishing a German Transfergemeinschaft (DTG), which will make funding possible 
  • Tie funding release of federal programs more to goal achievement, especially in funding strategies on AI, hightech, FONA, etc. 
  • Designate digital free zones to favor clusters of key IT technologies (AI, blockchain, etc.); fewer regulations apply there, tax incentives for research, better funding for startups, less bureaucracy 
  • Sending "innovation ambassadors" to hubs of the IT and high-tech industry

Artificial Intelligence

  • European legal framework needed to fully exploit potential of new technologies such as AI, machine learning, and robotics with legal certainty 
  • AI roadmap; each ministry to identify and implement ten concrete AI use cases in its jurisdiction by 2025 
  • Startups, SMEs, and greener should also benefit from subsidies 
  • Establish so-called "regulatory sandboxes" (regulatory testing zones of new technologies)
  • Digital competencies, opportunities of AI for learning processes, and digital learning and teaching methods must become an integral part of teacher training
  • Develop clear standards for use of learning analytics in schools; AI offers opportunity for individualization of teaching and learning 
  • Development of AI, VR and AR in administration

Robotics

  • European legal framework needed to fully exploit potential of new technologies such as AI, machine learning, and robotics with legal certainty 
  • Relieving the burden of care through robotics, digital applications and automation

Space

  • Space law that provides security for future investments and realizes projects and awards more quickly; participation in major EU projects and state as anchor customer 
  • Goal: Spaceport for small launch vehicles in Europe; launch quotas for institutions and research facilities 

 

 

  • Tax funds for research funding should only go to institutions that are bound by collective agreements
  • Funding programs in industry and for research at universities should only serve civilian and not military production; anchoring of civilian clauses at all universities and scientific institutions 
  • No more research for autonomous weapons systems in Germany
  • Digitization offensive at universities; expansion of IT at schools accompanied by strengthening of digital skills of teachers
  • State-funded research promotion that addresses societal challenges by observing critical and pluralistic research

Artificial Intelligence

  • Use of AI must be regulated by law to ensure public benefit-oriented application; when AI is applied to personal data, democratic design options, extensive data protection and free formation of opinion in digital media must be guaranteed
  • AI must counteract social division, monopolization tendencies in the economy by a small number of technology corporations, and surveillance
  • On this basis, further research and use the potential and regulatory approaches of AI

Space 

  • NATO construction of a space center at Ramstein base for "defense in space" has an offensive background; rejection of militarization of space (by all countries)

 

 

  • Unleash investment in technology leadership through "Blue Deal"; i.e., focus education and research on STEM subjects, promote implementation of scientific findings in projects, promote self-employment and inventiveness; areas: pharmaceutical-medical field, quantum computing, outer space
  • Blue Deal" measures: improve framework conditions for investors in Germany, improve infrastructure, end state intervention in the energy market, streamline labor law and make it more flexible, end discrimination against small and medium-sized enterprises, create a reliable regulatory framework, reduce or limit the duration of regulations and subsidies, reduce the number of areas of law relevant to the economy that are susceptible to litigation
  • Introduce higher basic funding for universities to reduce dependence on third-party funding

Artificial Intelligence

  • Better bundle competencies in the field of AI in Germany and promote national cooperation more strongly 

Quantum Computing

  • Establish and implement a quantum computing development plan 
  • Increase public spending on research and application of quantum cryptography 

Space

  • Support continuation and expansion of national and international space programs to further open up space for science, as a source of raw materials and as a possible new habitat for humans 
  • Develop technologies and business models for the use of space 
Miscellaneous

 

  • Establishment of a federal ministry for digital innovation and transformation 
  • Digital TÜV prior to legislative consultation; coordination by the Digital Ministry

 

 

  • World-class digital infrastructure in Germany by 2030
  • Rejection of private digital currencies (also stablecoins)

 

 

  • Introduction of a ministry for digital transformation

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