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Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should Germany withdraw from the European Union?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn the German language?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo


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Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Germany raise taxes on the rich?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

F>F  Public statementsYes

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Popular Vote

Should more important political decisions be subjected to a popular vote?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes, on regional but not national issues

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

F>F  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

F>F  Party’s support basePro-choice

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes, but allow people to use private insurance

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes, but only if the spending goes towards environmentally friendly solutions

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in Germany, have the right to vote?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Germany accept refugees from Syria?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connections

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of hospital and healthcare services?

F>F  Party’s support baseLess, and provide more government funding

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into Germany?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  EU Migrant Quota

Should the EU impose a quota of migrants per country?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Video Surveillance

Should the government increase video surveillance in public places?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Germany maintain a presence at the United Nations?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to Germany be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Germany assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo, they should be captured and given a fair trial

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Church Tax

Should the church tax be abolished?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should Germany remain in NATO?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo, cuts to public spending will negatively affect the economy

the Economy  ›  National Pension Fund

Should all government officials be required to pay into the national pension fund?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  National Railway

Should the national railway be privatized?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should Germany abolish the inheritance tax?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should Germany increase or decrease military spending?

F>F  Party’s support baseIncrease

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Post Brexit UK

Should the UK be allowed to access European Markets once they leave the EU?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Presidential Election

Should the President be elected directly by the people?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

Should the number of countries in the European Union be reduced to 15?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Central EU Agency

Should intelligence agencies be merged to create a central EU agency?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should Germany increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

F>F  Party’s support baseIncrease

the Economy  ›  VAT Rates

Should VAT rates be increased or decreased?

F>F  Party’s support baseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Germany increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

F>F  Party’s support baseIncrease

the Economy  ›  Greece Bailout

Do you support the EU bailout of Greece?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should Germany continue to support Israel?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  European Commission

Should the European Commission be dismantled?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

F>F  Party’s support baseMore

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Do you support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

F>F  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the German flag?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should German citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of the Bundestag?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

F>F  Party’s support baseHurt

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Germany raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

F>F  Party’s support baseLower

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Martin Winterkorn

Should the former CEO of VW, Martin Winterkorn, face criminal charges for his role in the emissions scandal?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Civil Service

Should the current number of civil servants be increased or decreased?

F>F  Party’s support baseDecreased

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

Immigration  ›  Migrant Children

Should the children of migrants who live in French territories be allowed to join their families?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the EU subsidize farmers?

F>F  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

F>F  Party’s support baseYes