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Sorry Bavaria, You Can’t Leave Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

In America we are used to hearing calls from states like Texas and California to split up or even leave the United States entirely, and while there is a legal recourse to accomplish such a feat, a German court ruled that a call for Bavaria to break away is simply not an option according to the country’s constitutional law.

“states are not ‘masters of the constitution’”

The German Constitutional court announced their ruling on Monday after the Bavarian Party filed such a case with the hope of holding a Brexit-inspired vote in the southern region. In its ruling, the court stated that “states are not ‘masters of the constitution’” and that “there is no room under the constitution for individual states to attempt to secede. This violates the constitutional order”.

Despite what is believed to be a solid case against such a breakaway, the Bavarian Party has vowed to continue on with its efforts to find a way to get their agenda on the ballot in 2017.

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Sources: The Local

Photo: J. Heribert Pohl [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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