Saskia Esken, deputy leader of the Social Democratic Party, on Monday renewed calls from her SPD that the federal parliament adopts a law promoting democracy to help thwart what she says is the far-right in Germany that intends to erode society.
“We are currently experiencing how far-right extremists are openly attacking our democracy,” Esken said, accusing Merkel’s conservatives of blocking a democracy bill long sought in the Cabinet by Minister for Family Affairs Franziska Giffey and Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht, both members of the SPD..
Thathe obstruction t is “not only incomprehensible but also dangerous, ” Box was told Berlin-based newspaper TAZ, Athe head of a C.abinet committee meeting in Wednesday. Committee, formed afterwards the Hanau terror killings last February, aims to draft anti-racism measures for Germany.
“We must face the enemies of democracy with determination,” said Esken.
Last Friday, Steffen Seibert, spokesman for the Merkel government which consists of her CThe Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the CSU Bavaria and SPD, said the Cabinet committee would present its findingss to the federal parliament in the first quarter of 2021.
Its deliberations began in March and in recent months Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the Bavarian CSU has vehemently rejected German police personnel. surveyed about the attitudes held towards racism.
Education ‘essential’ by civic groups
The box tells TAZ that pro-democracy civic groups throughout Germany – most of the funded on a project-by-project basis for a limited period of time – done “vital work and therefore deserve sustainable funding. “
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In a recent letter to Merkel’s grand coalition government, quoted by TAZ, some 60 civilian groups warned that their work – usually based in youth centers – of upholding a liberal, open, democratic culture “was under attack like in previous years. . “
“That The current form of support for the work of civil society democracy is demotivating,“wrote the group, including Action Reconciliation Service for Peace and Amadeu Antonio Trust – named after victim of racist murder in 1990, shortly after German reunification.
A similar call from the Greens
In parliament in September, GThe German opposition Green Party failed to win with a similar initiative calling for legislation promoting democracy.
Their resolution cites multiple reasons for Germany to improve preventive civic education, referring to a series of crimes, including the 2019 murder of Walter Lübcke, a local CDU politician in Kassel.
In a pluralistic society, long-term prevention efforts against hatred and incitement and protection for potential victims are essential, the Green Party said.
In schools, civic education is ‘deficit’
Deficit in civic education “in all sectors” has been found inside German School, from elementary school to middle school, conclude annual reports on children and adolescents were filed earlier this month – although teacher’s efforts and various civic education institutions run by the federal and state governments of Germany.
Urging students to practice classroom democracy, the report’s lead author, education researcher Christian Palentian, said: “We have found that we have teachers specifically assigned to political subjects who have not studied politics.”
At least two hours per week should be devoted to civic education, the report recommends, to counter what Palentian says are risks including social media exposing children, early on and without reflection, to extremist content.
ipj / sms (epd, AFP, KNA)