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holy crap. Does this now apply to all elections in D-land?

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by eurogreen on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 06:04:58 AM EST
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No. The court basically said that because the EP is irrelevant anyway, letting in a few crazies wouldn't make a difference. In their more diplomatic words
Die Richter entschieden nun mit einer knappen Mehrheit von fünf zu drei Stimmen, dass eine Sperrklausel weiterhin noch nicht nötig ist, "um die Funktionsfähigkeit des Europäischen Parlaments zu erhalten". Das Parlament sei zwar auf dem Weg, sich als institutioneller Gegenspieler der EU-Kommission zu profilieren. Diese Entwicklung könne aber noch nicht mit der Situation im Bundestag verglichen werden, "wo die Bildung einer stabilen Mehrheit für die Wahl einer handlungsfähigen Regierung und deren fortlaufende Unterstützung nötig ist".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 06:13:04 AM EST
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OK, so it's deliberate sabotage of the EU parliament... send as many crazies as possible.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 06:44:00 AM EST
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You could also interpret this as arguing that Germany is only electing about 15% of the total MEPs so the formation of a majority is not dependent on the quota for the German MEPs. There is no EU-wide 3% quota.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Feb 26th, 2014 at 12:15:32 PM EST
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Sweden has a 4% quota, same as parliament. Though with around 20 seats, it doesn't make that much of a difference.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Feb 27th, 2014 at 02:29:16 AM EST
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