• Short Summary

    THE WEST GERMAN BUNDESTAG (LOWER HOUSE) HAS PASSED THE CONTROVERSIAL EMERGENCY POWERS BILL BY A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY.

  • Description

    THE WEST GERMAN BUNDESTAG (LOWER HOUSE) HAS PASSED THE CONTROVERSIAL EMERGENCY POWERS BILL BY A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY. THE VOTING WAS 384 FOR; 100 AGAINST WITH ONE ABSTENTION.

    YESTERDAY'S (MAY 30) SESSION WAS THE FINAL READING OF THE BILL - ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL IN POST-WAR GERMAN LEGISLATION. IT HAS SPARKED OFF A NATION-WIDE RESISTANCE FROM STUDENTS, LIBERALS, AND TRADE UNIONISTS. THEY FEAR IT COULD PAVE THE WAY FOR WHAT THEY TERM A NEW GERMAN DICTATORSHIP.

    THE BILL WILL NOW GO TO THE UPPER HOUSE (THE BUNDESRAT) ON JUNE 14 WHERE IT ALSO NEEDS A TWO THIRDS MAJORITY BEFORE BECOMING LAW.

    THE BILL GIVES THE WEST GERMANY GOVERNMENT WIDE POWERS IN TIME OF EMERGENCY, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO RESTRICT MOVEMENT, TO USE THE ARMED FORCES TO QUELL INTERNAL UPRISING, TO TAP TELEPHONES AND TO OPEN PRIVATE MAIL.

    THE WEST GERMANY FOREIGN MINISTER, HERR WILLY BRANDT, DEFENDING THE BILL N THE BUDESTAG, REJECTED SOVIET ALLEGATIONS THAT IT WOULD JEOPARDISE PEACE IN EUROPE. THAT WAS AN ATTEMPT HE SAID TO INTERFERE IN GERMANY'S INTERNAL AFFAIRS.

    HERR BRANDT SAID MANY OPPONENTS AT HOME AND ABOARD WERE CREATING THE IMPRESSION THAT A SOCIETY OF SCOUNDRELS HAD GOT TOGETHER IN BONN WITH THE DARKEST INTENTIONS.

    WHEN THE NEW BILL BECOMES LAW THE WESTERN ALLIES WILL RELINQUISH THEIR RESERVE POWERS IN WEST GERMANY. AT PRESENT THEY HAVE ALMOST UNLIMITED POWERS IN AN EMERGENCY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6WSB6CA05RALKHXKZBGY9SL56
    Media URN:
    VLVA6WSB6CA05RALKHXKZBGY9SL56
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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