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Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should Germany withdraw from the European Union?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn the German language?

P>P  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?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo


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Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Germany raise taxes on the rich?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Popular Vote

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

P>P  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?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

P>P  Party’s support basePro-choice

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

P>P  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)?

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

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Germany accept refugees from Syria?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

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

P>P  Party’s support baseLess

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

P>P  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?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  EU Migrant Quota

Should the EU impose a quota of migrants per country?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Video Surveillance

Should the government increase video surveillance in public places?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

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?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Germany maintain a presence at the United Nations?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Germany assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  National Pension Fund

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should Germany remain in NATO?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

Transportation  ›  National Railway

Should the national railway be privatized?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should Germany abolish the inheritance tax?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo, reform so the tax rate is based on the wealth of the recipient rather than the deceased

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should Germany increase or decrease military spending?

P>P  Party’s support baseDecrease

Elections  ›  Presidential Election

Should the President be elected directly by the people?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

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

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

P>P  Party’s support baseIncrease

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Greece Bailout

Do you support the EU bailout of Greece?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Germany increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

P>P  Party’s support baseIncrease, but only for countries that have no human rights violations

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should Germany continue to support Israel?

P>P  Party’s support baseWe should give equal support to Israel and Palestine.

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

P>P  Party’s support baseFewer

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the German flag?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of the Bundestag?

P>P  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Germany raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

P>P  Party’s support baseKeep current rates but eliminate deductions and loop holes

Domestic Policy  ›  Martin Winterkorn

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Civil Service

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

P>P  Party’s support baseIncreased

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the EU subsidize farmers?

P>P  Party’s support baseYes, but only small local farms instead of large corporations