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Digital, interdisciplinary and exciting. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) hosted an inspiring symposium on the political work of the SPD’s parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. We participated with initial findings from our SOPiP-Project on the development of standing orders of parliamentary groups.

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Benjamin Höhne and Uwe Jun analyse the FDP's initial position before the 2021 federal elections. After the failed exploratory talks, voter support has declined; the coalition policy options have not yet been convincingly expanded. Is there a threat of a new impasse?

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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.