The Bundestag should become more family friendly – and it’s Merz for children! – internal politics

The daily life of our politics should become more family-friendly…

Of all things, CDU president Friedrich Merz, 66, now wants to fight for it. Next Tuesday there will be a union round table on the topic “Compatibility between family and work”.

Logo: Merz for kids!

At the first meeting, about 25 MPs put forward ten proposals (a “10-point requirement,” BILD received) on how to better implement politicians’ lives with children.

Meetings in the German Bundestag (especially within a parliamentary group) must always be presented in a mixed format (i.e. also via digital communication). There should be more childcare options (such as babysitting pools for evening events) and more child-friendly options (such as children’s menus in restaurants and canteens).

Double session weeks should be reduced to an “absolute minimum”, and access in a double session week should be possible on Tuesday. Sunday appointments should be avoided. Voting and meeting times should be designed to be more family friendly (eg no long night meetings if possible).

Overlapping parliamentary weeks and holidays should also be avoided. In addition, a specific end to the meeting is required, especially on Fridays, to facilitate departure planning.

It is said that Meretz acted very frankly and immediately expressed his willingness to participate in the round table. Associate MP and CDU MP Ann Koenig, 37, is pleased to have already attended the second meeting: “His quick commitment shows that the topic is really important to Merz.”

Among the initiators of the event are Anne Koenig, CDU Deputy General Secretary Christina Stump (34) and former General Secretary Paul Zimyak (36).

Merz, who was often seen by critics as somewhat old-fashioned, reactionary and intelligent, now surprises with his liberal, pro-woman and family-friendly stance. His credo: The family office and the party should go together.

Presidential Member Sylvia Brehr (48) of BILD: “I don’t think it’s a strategy to give a modern image to the CDU and better sell the party to the outside world, but for internal conviction.”

It not only reads CDU’s New Work-Life Balance Matrix like a mantra, but also makes it a reference point for party work. Merz recently moved senior meetings (presidium / board of directors) from Monday to Wednesday so that the party leadership does not have to leave for Berlin on Sunday (as before). The fall party convention doesn’t end on Sunday this time, but on Saturday.

Mixed meetings are now held regularly under the chairmanship of Merz. This means: If the member is unable to attend because the child is sick, you are not obligated to attend the internal meetings in person, but you can join them digitally.

With the election of Mario Zaga, 46, and Christina Stump, both parents of young children, as Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General, he sent a clear signal. “You didn’t expect him to do that,” say former critics.

“You should also make it easier for fathers in the union to get involved and get involved in politics, to reconcile mandate and family. Your view is fundamentally important to us as a popular party at all levels. Rep. Francesca Hubermann, not known to be a staunch supporter of Mers, has recognized Frederick Mers,” said Rep. That too.” Intended actions “should, of course, help attract more women interested in a career in politics.”

Representative Karen Breen also appreciates the progress made by Meretz. She told BILD, “Merz knew from the start that it was important to make it easy for young families to juggle work, politics and private life. This aspect plays a role when it comes to finding dates for meetings and events.”

A few weeks ago, Merz was also surprised by a unanimous proposal for a women’s quota: He wants women to hold 50 percent of board positions by 2025. A five-year limit. Meanwhile, whispers are already being whispered about whether Merz isn’t already confusing his die-hard fans in his ranks with too much liberal politics…

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