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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


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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

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Germany raise taxes on the rich?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

S>S  Party’s support basePro-choice, and providing birth control, sex education, and more social services will help reduce the number of abortions

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

S>S  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?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

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  ›  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

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

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

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

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

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

S>S  Party’s support baseLess

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

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)?

S>S  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?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes, but not for cosmetics

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Video Surveillance

Should the government increase video surveillance in public places?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes, but only in places where crime rates are high

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

S>S  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?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes, and legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing it

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should Germany remain in NATO?

S>S  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Germany assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

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

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

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should Germany abolish the inheritance tax?

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

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  ›  Military Spending

Should Germany increase or decrease military spending?

S>S  Party’s support baseDecrease

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

Elections  ›  Presidential Election

Should the President be elected directly by the people?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

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

Transportation  ›  National Railway

Should the national railway be privatized?

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  ›  Central EU Agency

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should Germany continue to support Israel?

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

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

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

Healthcare  ›  World Health Organization

Should the government fund the World Health Organization?

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

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

S>S  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Civil Service

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

S>S  Party’s support baseIncreased

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of the Bundestag?

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Germany raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

S>S  Party’s support baseRaise

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

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

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

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  ›  Greece Bailout

Do you support the EU bailout of Greece?

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

Crime  ›  Defunding the Police

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

S>S  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

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