Democratic Deficit Is Germany's Parliamentary Hurdle Obsolete?

Last month's election saw nearly 7 million Germans voting for parties that ultimately fell short of the 5 percent hurdle required to win seats in parliament. Political scientists are arguing for the threshold to be lowered or eliminated to ensure democratic legitimacy.
Nearly 7 million German voters will remain without parliamentary representation until 2017.

Nearly 7 million German voters will remain without parliamentary representation until 2017.

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Germany is one of several European countries with a 5 percent requirement for parties to enter parliament.

Germany is one of several European countries with a 5 percent requirement for parties to enter parliament.

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Foto: DER SPIEGEL