In what role did Merkel speak her word of power?

FFor the AfD, the day began with an unmistakable defeat. As “obviously inadmissible”, the Federal Constitutional Court rejected an application for bias against the Second Senate. The reasoning, according to the court, was “completely unsuitable”.

The AfD had complained that a delegation from the court had met with members of the federal government at the end of June. From the party’s point of view, the fact that the meeting took place recently is the sole reason for concern about the bias. The federal government is ultimately the defendant in the proceedings that were heard this Wednesday.

Doris König, the vice-president of the court and chairman of the Second Senate, then clarified a few things. Meetings between the Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Government take place regularly; they should enable a dialogue between the state organs. The timing of the most recent meeting could not in itself give rise to any doubts about the impartiality of the judges, said König. After all, the court is “permanently” involved in proceedings that affect the actions of the federal government or other supreme constitutional organs.

The then group leader of the Left, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, threw this bouquet at the feet of the newly elected Prime Minister Thomas Kemmerich on February 5, 2020.


The then group leader of the Left, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, threw this bouquet at the feet of the newly elected Prime Minister Thomas Kemmerich on February 5, 2020.
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With their actual concern, the AfD in Karlsruhe could become more successful. The party is resisting a statement with which Chancellor Angela Merkel commented on Thomas Kemmerich’s election. The FDP politician was elected Prime Minister of Thuringia on February 5, 2020 by the CDU, FDP and AfD. The election triggered a political crisis in the state, the end of which is still not in sight. Federal politics was also in turmoil, the SPD demanded an immediate meeting of the coalition committee.

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