Economist suggests move would trigger "internal civil war"
Leftists in Germany want to give non-citizens, including refugees, the right to vote in elections, according to a new survey.
Supporters of Germany’s major political parties were asked if electoral laws should be changed to allow non-EU citizens living permanently in Germany to vote.
Among supporters of the Social Democrats (SPD), 63.7% supported the proposal, along with 64.8% of Green Party voters. Among centrist parties, there was moderate opposition to the proposal, whereas supporters of the anti-immigration AfD party opposed the idea by a 96.9% margin.
Latest polls show that Social Democrats leader Martin Schultz would beat Chancellor Angela Merkel if balloting was based on a direct leadership vote. The German federal election takes place on September 24 this year.
This means that if elected Schultz would have the backing of the majority of his supporters should he wish to try and enact the measure.
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