Schulz and Merkel - no love lost between these two German politicians (source: spiegel)
Even though German Cancellor Merkel is still struggling, two months after the election, to form a ruling coalition for the federal government, certain factions in the Bundestag appear to be planning to take advantage of the chaos by passing new laws, and The Left Party (Die Linke) is leading the way with some typically whacky plans.
Klaus Ernst, German MP and former chairman of The Left, told Sputnik Deutschland that the Bundestag now has an opportunity to express the will of the people by finally passing the laws that German political parties promised while campaigning, like the new 12 euros per hour minimum wage law championed by The Left. That will of course go down like the proverbial lead Zepplin with parties that support business and advocate fiscal responsibility.
The lack of coalition agreements now allows German parties to jointly introduce new laws instead of submitting competing proposals but what Der Linke have not thought through is that members of the main parties likely to be in any coalition can still vote even though there is no coalition.
"Things are different now because currently there’s no coalition agreement. Therefore we can submit a proposal together with the Greens and the Social Democrats. Even some CSU MPs could support our proposals. And other parties in the Bundestag also have the same situation," Ernst said. He's living in cloud cuckoo land if the thinks the SDP will support his crazy Marxist schemes while trying to offer an alternative to Merkel.
It appears however that Die Linke is not the only political force in Germany seeking to discuss new laws as the Greens introduced a proposal to ban the use of coal as an energy source while the Social Democratic Party submitted a new draft law on immigration.
"Therefore we say: even if there is no government, the Bundestag has been elected… The Bundestag makes the laws, not the federal government; and even if the latter does not exist, the Bundestag could still legislate," Ernst surmised.
But legislate to shut down german industry by banning coal on which the country's energy system is heavily dependent. That's just insane.