US News Accusation of lobbying: Another member of the Bundestag for the CDU resigns.
Left faction in the Bundestag fails with Ceta organ complaint in Karlsruhe
The Federal Constitutional Court has rejected an action by the left faction in the Bundestag in connection with the EU-Canada Ceta trade agreement as inadmissible. The parliamentary group was unable to demonstrate that their own rights or the rights of the Bundestag had been violated, said Vice-Court President Doris König on Tuesday when the verdict was pronounced in Karlsruhe. The Left had criticized the fact that the Bundestag had only passed a statement and no law on Ceta. (Az.
The Thuringian CDU member of the Bundestag, Mark Hauptmann, resigns his seat with immediate effect following allegations of lobbying. This was confirmed by the Thuringian CDU regional association on Thursday. The captain told the “world” that he wanted to draw a line with it. “The hostility towards me has become too great. I want to protect my family. ”
The 36-year-old had previously come under fire after several media reports on lobbying allegations. In the “Welt” interview, however, Hauptmann spoke of “misrepresentation, foreshortening and distortion of facts”.
coalition agrees on lobby register after a long dispute
After a long struggle the grand coalition has agreed on the introduction of a lobby register. In future, professional interest representatives will have to register in a register that is kept by the Bundestag and should be publicly accessible. The AFP news agency learned this from coalition circles on Tuesday evening. Violations should be punishable by a fine of up to 50,000 euros. First, the ARD capital studio reported on the coalition agreement.
“I never got any money”
A report by “Spiegel” deals, among other things, with advertisements for tourism stays in Azerbaijan in the “Südthüringen Kurier” published by Hauptmann. In an interview with Die Welt, Hauptmann denies having accepted money from foreign agencies. "I never got any money, and there was never any influence on my political actions," said Hauptmann in the interview.
In response to a question from the "world", he also denies having received a commission for arranging Corona protective masks - an allegation that has been made in recent days against the previous Union MPs Georg Nüßlein (formerly CSU) and Nikolas Löbel (formerly CDU) who had subsequently withdrawn from their parties. Löbel has also given up his mandate, Nüßlein announced that he will not run again.
The Thuringian CDU state chairman Christian Hirte said on Thursday that he respected Hauptmann's decision. Hauptmann represented the interests of southern Thuringia for more than seven years. "He has made it clear that he has now made a personal decision out of respect for his family and the party," said Hirte. (dpa)
Federal cabinet approves law on lobby registers .
The federal government has initiated the law negotiated by the grand coalition to introduce a lobby register. According to this, interest representatives must register in a public directory if their lobbying work is carried out regularly, is long-term or is carried out on a commercial basis for third parties. The regulation also applies if more than 50 different contacts have been made to represent interests within the past three months.