“Dozens of German politicians have tabled a new law to extend voting rights to babies, toddlers, children and teenagers.
The bill, which has won the cross-party backing of some heavyweight German politicians, would wipe away decades of “exclusion” and “discrimination” against minors, according to its supporters.
Currently the voting threshold in Germany is 18, with an exception in some states, where 16-year-olds are allowed to cast a ballot.
Toddlers will be able to take a stand on issues such as whether German armed forces should be deployed abroad.
According to the head of the liberal Free Democratic Party traditional coalition partner of Chancellor Merkel’s CDU party the constitutional change would enfranchise 14 million people.
“Unfortunately in Germany, 17 per cent of the population, namely the children and adolescent, are excluded from political decision making,” said FDP chief Dirk Niebel.
“This is a situation we cannot accept any longer. We generally have to pay more attention to their interests.” The law is proposed as part of a review of voting rights which its champions hope will be in force for the federal elections in Germany next year.
“The Constitutional Court has ruled that election regulations have to be reformed anyway, so we should take advantage of the occasion to enforce children’s right to vote,” he said.
History is not his side however, with a similar motion failing to win parliamentary approval in 2005.”
European enlightening continues. I wonder where this is going to end.