Learning about the Bundestag

Last week the Bundestag-Mobil made a stop at the Epinayplatz in Oberursel.  The Bundestag-Mobil is basically a lorry that expands to form a mobile exhibition about the workings of the Bundestag.

The Bundestag-Mobil on the Epinayplatz in Oberursel

The Bundestag-Mobil on the Epinayplatz in Oberursel

Inside there is an impressive backlit photo of the glass dome that sits on top of the Reichstag building in Berlin, and a number of terminals to access the Bundestag website.  At one end a monitor shows the current debate in the main parliament chamber.

The guides who accompany the exhibition are there to explain how the Bundestag works to local residents and answer their questions.  They especially take time to explain things in a simplified form for young children and a number of materials are available such as the Politbongo DVD – a series of short stories about a group of aliens that come to the Bundestag to find out how a democracy works.

Dr. Stefan Ruppert talking to local residents

Dr. Stefan Ruppert talking to local residents

On Saturday morning local MP (MdB) Dr. Stefan Ruppert paid a visit and spent a good two hours talking to local residents and answering their questions.  These dealt with topics such as the European Stability Mechanism, the Schlecker insolvency, the VAT rate for hotels, the minimum wage, Fachkräftemangel and issues at Frankfurt airport.

The exhibition tour is planned to include every constituency in the country between two general elections.


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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