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The IParl's newsletter informs all interested readers about new publications, selected media contributions and upcoming and past events. You can subscribe to our distribution list via the registration link. The newsletter is sent out in German.

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Fundamental, realistic, practice-oriented is the slogan of the Institute for Parliamentarism Research (IParl). This also applies to Zwischenruf - the political science podcast about parliaments. When we talk to our guests from politics, science and journalism about topics related to parliaments, we combine political science with the practical, political perspective - guaranteed free of an ivory tower.

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In his contribution in "Recht und Politik", Daniel Hellmann examines the decision-making practice of the Federal Election Committee concerning the admission of parties to the 2017 federal elections. From this, he derives threshold values as of when it is possible to speak of a party. In particular, the existence of state associations and at least 40 members were prerequisites for determining the party status.

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How realistic would an alliance of CDU and AfD be in Eastern German state parliaments? Benjamin Höhne pursues this question in the current issue of GWP. Pros and cons are weighed up, also using data from a party member study (#BuKa2017). A strategy of appropriation by the CDU vis-à-vis AfD would be highly risky because it could not be led from a position of strength.

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The web conference "Key Challenges and Lessons for Parliaments in Context of Coronavirus Pandemic" with international experts and parliamentarians was organized by USAID as part of the IParl cooperation with the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada).

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Danny Schindlers article at Party Politics investigates the potential implications of different procedures by examining how the selection criteria of membership
and delegate conferences vary. 

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IParl welcomes Prof. Dr. Oskar Niedermayer (FU Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Roland Sturm (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg) as Senior Fellows and Mr. Jan Menzer (HU Berlin, Bundestag) as Associate Fellow.

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Invited by the Federal Foreign Office and in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, a delegation of Brazilian experts visited IParl to discuss the consequences of digitisation for democracy in general and the German Bundestag in particular.

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In the venerable House of Parliaments of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the first steps were taken towards a universal catalogue of indicators for democratic parliaments. The project is part of the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

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In five topical blocks, different facets of the current research project on candidate selection for the German Bundestag were presented by IParl researchers at a workshop. In a constructive atmosphere, ideas were discussed, critical questions raised and innovative impulses given thereby acknowledging the work of the IParl research team. Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer and the entire IParl team would like to thank all guests and participants. Special thanks go to the moderators of the workshop and the discussants, who constructively dealt with the contributions and lectures.