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Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should Germany withdraw from the European Union?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

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

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn the German language?

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


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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

S>S  Party’s support basePro-choice

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Germany raise taxes on the rich?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo, and enact legislation preventing government surveillance of citizen communications

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

S>S  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?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Popular Vote

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

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

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

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?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Church Tax

Should the church tax be abolished?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

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

S>S  Party’s support baseLess

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes, but only for medical use

Domestic Policy  ›  Video Surveillance

Should the government increase video surveillance in public places?

S>S  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?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  EU Migrant Quota

Should the EU impose a quota of migrants per country?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should Germany abolish the inheritance tax?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should Germany remain in NATO?

S>S  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Germany assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Hate Speech

Should hate speech be protected by freedom of speech laws?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Army

Do you support the creation of a European Army?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Presidential Election

Should the President be elected directly by the people?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should Germany increase or decrease military spending?

S>S  Party’s support baseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Post Brexit UK

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should Germany continue to support Israel?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo, but allow donations from unions and non-profits

Foreign Policy  ›  Central EU Agency

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

Should Germany pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  VAT Rates

Should VAT rates be increased or decreased?

S>S  Party’s support baseDecrease, but only on food and medicine

Transportation  ›  National Railway

Should the national railway be privatized?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Demilitarize the Police

Should police departments be allowed to use military grade equipment?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the German flag?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  World Health Organization

Should the government fund the World Health Organization?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes, but more priority should be given to food safety and environmental protection

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

S>S  Party’s support baseFewer

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of the Bundestag?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Defunding the Police

Should funding for local police departments be redirected to social and community based programs?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Backstop

Should the U.K. and Northern Ireland remain in the EU’s customs area after Brexit?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Greece Bailout

Do you support the EU bailout of Greece?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Germany raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

S>S  Party’s support baseRaise

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the EU subsidize farmers?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes