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Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should Germany withdraw from the European Union?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

L>L  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?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

L>L  Party’s support basePro-choice


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Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn the German language?

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

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Germany raise taxes on the rich?

L>L  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?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

L>L  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?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

L>L  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?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Popular Vote

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

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

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Church Tax

Should the church tax be abolished?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

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

L>L  Party’s support baseLess

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Video Surveillance

Should the government increase video surveillance in public places?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

L>L  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?

L>L  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should Germany abolish the inheritance tax?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should Germany remain in NATO?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Germany assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Army

Do you support the creation of a European Army?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Presidential Election

Should the President be elected directly by the people?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Post Brexit UK

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  VAT Rates

Should VAT rates be increased or decreased?

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

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should Germany continue to support Israel?

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

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

Should Germany pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  National Railway

Should the national railway be privatized?

L>L  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?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  European Commission

Should the European Commission be dismantled?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  World Health Organization

Should the government fund the World Health Organization?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the German flag?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

L>L  Party’s support baseHelp

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Greece Bailout

Do you support the EU bailout of Greece?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Defunding the Police

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Backstop

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

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the EU subsidize farmers?

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

the Economy  ›  State Ownership

Should the government acquire equity stakes in companies it bails out during a recession?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

L>L  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

L>L  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

L>L  Party’s support baseNo