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Wahlkampf in den sozialen Netzwerken – „Wilder Westen“?

von MATTHIAS FRIEHE

FrieheAm 20. November 2016 gab Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) um 19 Uhr in einer Pressekonferenz bekannt, erneut als Bundeskanzlerin zu kandidieren. Die Pressekonferenz dauerte 24 Minuten. Um Punkt 19:24 Uhr verbreitete sich auf Facebook ein erster Prototyp für ein CDU-Wahlplakat: Merkel in zuversichtlicher aber staatsfraulicher Pose, im Hintergrund royales blau – „Kanzlerin Angela Merkel wird 2017 erneut als Bundeskanzlerin kandidieren“. Als Wahltag hat Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck bereits den 24. September 2017 festgelegt. Weiterlesen …

Parliamentary Immunity – A Living Fossil?

von MATTHIAS FRIEHE

Friehe Bild kleinThe flash lights of the mass media guarantee us parliamentary transparency, but they also inevitably transform the plenary into a stage and MPs into heroes and villains. When the German Green Party politician Volker Beck lost a package containing a suspicious substance during police checks on the evening of 2 March this year – probably the synthetic drug known as “Crystal Meth” – his role was at the crossroads: Is he a covert evildoer or a hero with pardonable human weaknesses? Right from the beginning, Beck’s behaviour was a textbook example of crisis management: He didn’t even try to avoid the police checks by falling back on his privileges as an MP. His prompt resignation from his position as parliamentary group spokesperson should have been sacrifice enough to assuage public opinion and safeguard his seat in Parliament.

Bundestag President Norbert Lammert could therefore have chosen a more obvious occasion Weiterlesen …