Bundestagswahl 2017: “Auslandsdeutsche werden um ihr Wahlrecht gebracht!”
IMH fordert Abbau bürokratischer Hürden beim Wahlrecht für die über 1,5 Mio. Deutschen im Ausland +++ Italien kann Vorbild sein
Die Internationale Medienhilfe (IMH) ist die Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschsprachigen Medien im Ausland. Dazu gehören beispielsweise Zeitungen wie das “Wochenblatt” in Polen, das Fernsehprogramm “Ahorn TV” in Kanada oder das staatliche deutsche Hörfunkprogramm Namibias. In den vergangenen Wochen erreichten uns viele Klagen von Produzenten und Konsumenten der deutschsprachigen Publikationen und Rundfunkprogramme weltweit. Sie wollten gerne an der kommenden Bundestagswahl teilnehmen, aber konnten dies nicht tun, weil es einfach zu kompliziert ist.
Wählen dürfen einerseits im Ausland lebende deutsche Staatsbürger, die nach Vollendung des 14. Lebensjahres mindestens drei Monate ununterbrochen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gelebt haben und bei denen dieser Aufenthalt nicht länger als 25 Jahre zurückliegt. Andererseits können auch deutsche Staatsangehörige an der Bundestagswahl teilnehmen, die noch nie im Bundesgebiet ansässig waren. Dann müssen sie aber persönlich und unmittelbar Vertrautheit mit den politischen Verhältnissen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erworben haben und von ihnen betroffen sein. In diesem Fall ist eine direkte Verbindung nach Deutschland, zum Beispiel über den Arbeitgeber, notwendig. Der regelmäßige Konsum deutscher Medien reicht als Grund beispielsweise nicht aus. Wählen kann nur, wer in ein Wählerverzeichnis eingetragen ist. Auslandsdeutsche, die nicht in Deutschland gemeldet sind, werden nicht automatisch in ein solches Verzeichnis eingetragen und müssen selbst aktiv werden. Der Antrag soll unterschrieben und postalisch übermittelt werden. Er muss spätestens am 21. Tag vor der Wahl bei der zuständigen Gemeinde in Deutschland eingehen.
Wer zum Beispiel vor fünf Jahren von Deutschland nach Südafrika ausgewandert ist, weiterhin den deutschen Pass besitzt und an der Wahl teilnehmen will, muss sich mehrere Monate vorher schriftlich bei der Gemeinde melden, aus der er stammt, und sich dort ins Wählerverzeichnis eintragen lassen. Dann bekommt er von seiner Heimatgemeinde die Wahlunterlagen nach Südafrika geschickt und muss nach dem Ankreuzen seiner favorisierten Partei den Stimmzettel wieder zurück nach Deutschland senden. Postsendungen zwischen Südafrika und Deutschland sind oft drei Wochen unterwegs. Ob sie ankommen, ist reine Glückssache. So oder so ähnlich stellt sich die Lage für fast alle Auslandsdeutschen dar. Diejenigen, die noch nie in der Bundesrepublik wohnten, haben es noch schwieriger. Sie müssen begründen, warum sie teilnehmen möchten und sind damit vollkommen der Willkür deutscher Beamter ausgeliefert.
Björn Akstinat, Leiter der IMH, erklärt dazu: “Im Ausland leben über 1,5 Millionen Wahlberechtigte. Sie könnten das Zünglein an der Waage sein. Bei der letzten Bundestagswahl 2013 schafften es aber nur rund 70.000, von ihrem Wahlrecht Gebrauch zu machen. 2017 werden es wahrscheinlich nicht viel mehr als 100.000 sein. Das sind vor allem Deutsche, die in den Anrainerstaaten der Bundesrepublik wohnen und kurze Postwege haben. Den restlichen Auslandsdeutschen, besonders denen in Übersee, ist eine Teilnahme wegen der vielen bürokratischen Hürden, die ihnen die geltenden Gesetze in den Weg stellen, meist zu umständlich und zu unsicher. Durch das komplizierte Verfahren werden Auslandsdeutsche praktisch um ihr Wahlrecht gebracht. Dabei geht es auch viel einfacher: Für Auslandsitaliener gibt es beispielsweise spezielle Wahlkreise mit eigenen Kandidaten außerhalb Italiens. Die italienischen Staatsangehörigen weltweit sind alle bei den Botschaften registriert und bekommen ihre Wahlunterlagen automatisch zugeschickt: Stimmzettel inkl. ausreichend frankierter Rücksendeumschläge, die die Adressen der jeweils zuständigen Botschaften oder Konsulate tragen. Italien hat sogar einen eigenen Minister für seine Bürger im Ausland. Im deutschen Regierungsapparat fehlt ein Ansprechpartner für Auslandsdeutsche völlig. Eine Änderung der deutschen Wahlgesetzgebung nach italienischem Vorbild wäre dringend notwendig.”
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Oktoberfest Enterprises located at 6711 Woodwards Road, Richmond, BC is still selling Oktoberfest posters after all this time! These posters can be ordered now in 2017 by calling the company at 604 277-4300.
They have been Organizers & Decor Suppliers for over 40 years!
Recently I found a booklet at home from the Oktoberfest held at the b.c. place stadium (sic) in 1985. Back then, Hermann J. Riepl was the President of the “German Canadian Business And Professional Association of BC, which was found in 1961. Hermann writes:
“We would like you to take some time out from the hectic way of life to celebrate with us a Thanksgiving as it is done “back home”. The Munich Oktoberfest this year is 175 years old, it is known the world over not only as a beer festival, but also as a thanksgiving at the end of a busy year. We hope you will be able to join us and enjoy this weekend of fun at the BC Place Stadium, and if you like it, why don’t you make a note for next year’s great EXPO ’86 Oktoberfest.”
Wolfgang Christl, who was the Organizing Committee Chairman writes:
“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our 1985 Oktoberfest celebrations. This year commemorates our 13th Anniversary and our festival brings together people from all walks of life.
The true Spirit of Oktoberfest comes from enjoying the food, the fellowship and the Gemütlichkeit that prevails at our weekend festival. Enjoy it to the fullest in our marvellous B.C. Place Stadium and it’s just great to know that you have that “true wunderbar feelings”.
Harold L. Little, who was Manager of the 1985 Oktoberfest writes:
“A vote of thanks to all for their cooperation in ensuring the professional and competent execution of Vancouver Oktoberfest 1985.”
The entertainment at the time was Peps Ammer and his Band:
High spirits and Oompa are part and parcel of the Peps Ammer Bavarian Brass band being flown to the Vancouver Oktoberfest by Air Canada. The same eleven, fun-loving band members have been together since Peps Ammer first founded the group, and their contagious good spirits have infected audiences all over Europe and Africa.
Peps Ammer and his band, as you’ll find, do a lot more. At Oktoberfest you’ll dance to the folk music of Bavaria – polkas, waltzes and marches. But even the contemporary tunes come through with an unmistakeable Bavarian bounce! The up tempo music of the accordion and brass players coax the most reluctant and even unsuspecting feet onto the floor. You’ll twirl, twist, hope and leap, and you’ll love every minutes of it.
The Oktoberfest Story
Since 1970 the German Canadian Business & Professional Association of BC puts an Oktoberfest on. First at the PNE Showmart Building and now at the BC Place Stadium. Last year (1984) some 12,000 people enjoyed the hospitality at the “Harvest-Festial” of the Bavarians. The biggest “tent” in the world an Oktoberfest is held.
How did it all start? When 175 year ago, Crown Prince Ludwig married the Sachsen Princess Therese, it was suggested to celebrate it on the large meadow before the Sendlinger Tower. Some 30,000 people came, while Munich had only about 40,000 inhabitants. First a horse-race and later an Agricultural Fair was included. Then came the places where fish and beer was sold. Also the entertainment was added in 1818. The Fair attracted some five million people in the last year, endings its 16 days always on the first Sunday in October. Now you can enjoy it here in Vancouver too, where many sausage-makers, bakers, importers have added their products to the Fairs offerings. This year (like in 1984) the only import beer comes from Dortmund, only large private brewery and a draft beer specialty for the Octoberfest is produced by Carling O’Keefe Breweries.
Please enjoy the good products available and have a pleasant time, and don’t forget next year we would like you at our EXPO ’86 Version of Oktoberfest, which could be even more days.
Das Schwarze Brett shares German, Swiss and Austrian news in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Each issues highlights past and future events, people, news, classifieds and important contact information. If you are connected to the German Community, or work with the German community, you won’t want to miss this next issue.
The table of contents includes a feature story about the History of Underberg (yummy herbal digestive), a story of Robert Holler and the “Nations Warriors Wellness Society”, BC Travel News, German Canadian Business Association, Prospera Credit Union, new Deutscher Platz information, Swiss National Day Celebration, a quiz on how German, Swiss or Austrian you are, Vanishing German businesses, passive house schools, Klaus Priebe, the Consul General of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Vancouver Alpen Club and their Oktoberfest plans, GermanFest 2005, the European Festival, the Alpen Plattlers, PACO ERHARD who brings the “5-Steps to Being German” to the Fringe Festival, info about all the German Schools in the Lower Mainland, Swiss Quality Coffee Systems, breaking news regarding a new German Cultural Centre in Vancouver, Classifieds, Oktoberfest Events and important contact information – including links to CETA related items.
You just need to go to www.magcloud.com and sign up. Then you can read Das Schwarze Brett online for free, or order a print copy at home. I look forward to hearing from my readers – whether you are interested in advertising in the October issue, interested in contributing a story or interested in being an “order hub” at your place of business.
Surrey, British Columbia SOS Children’s Village B.C. is thrilled to announce the grand opening of their final two suites for youth struggling to transition out of foster care and into independent adulthood. This momentous moment in the history of foster care in British Columbia – with a June 17th ribbon cutting by Mayor Linda Hepner and MLA Marvin Hunt – is the culmination of three years of intensive capital campaign fundraising of $450,000 to build five permanent suites. Success has been achieved through the generosity of individuals and organizations who understand the incredible need for this project.
Every year in British Columbia, more than 700 teenagers age out of the foster care system. As soon as they turn 19, the only support system they knew is no longer available to them, and they are expected to begin taking care of themselves. But at just 19, with no confidence, no skills, and little support or resources, it is setting these teens up for failure. And far too many of them do fail, ending up homeless, living on the streets, addicted, or in trouble with the law. Indeed, over 40% of youth living on the streets of B.C. have been in foster care.
That’s why SOS Children’s Village B.C. is excited about the completion of construction on the final two (of five) independent living accommodations. Separate building entrances, bathrooms, living spaces, and kitchen areas will allow young adults or young mothers to live an independent lifestyle, with support from a youth worker. A survey by the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks found 64% of youth transitioning out of care said housing support is what would help – or what would have helped – them the most.
“Like any parent, we don’t believe that a relationship ends with a child on their 19th birthday,” said Douglas Dunn, executive director of SOS Children’s Village B.C. “Our program helps young adults move from the dependency enforced by being in care, to independence.”
Most transition programs require a referral through the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The SOS B.C. program accepts referrals from other professionals, schools, social workers, parents, and most importantly, from youth themselves.
The high-risk youth in the Youth Housing Year Intensive Program will have greater social connections – the number one desire of youth who have aged out of care – by developing relationships with the other children, youth, caregivers, and staff in the SOS Village.
Unique to SOS B.C.’s program, youth will be able to access the other therapeutic services offered to the Village families including: learning clubs; music lessons; camp, recreation and cultural programs; and cognitive, expressive arts, and Neurofeedback therapies. These wrap- around support programs will contribute to a more normalized experience of transitioning to adulthood for teens who cannot live with their biological parents.
Moreover, the SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store Foundation can outfit a young person with clothes, school supplies, furniture, and more, all at no charge. Participants will be provided with the business attire needed for successful job interviews.
“There are financial incentives to pursue education, and rewards including everything required for their own apartment: furniture, appliances, kitchenware, computer, TV, etc. – an ‘Apartment In A Box’ that they can take with them after graduating from our yearlong program,” said Douglas Dunn.
“No one is really building suites like these and most grants only run for three years. What makes our project different? It is truly ongoing, as we have established an Endowment Fund to ensure operation of these suites for the next 30-50 years.”
A stable living locale will allow youth aging out of care to positively connect to their communities. With the location of the housing at an SOS Village, the teens will be healthier both physically and mentally, with access to the extensive green space and facilities of the Village which include a sports court, dedicated and stocked art/music studios, and more.
SOS B.C.’s capital campaign has garnered interest and praise from around North America. “I read with great enthusiasm about your effort to raise money to create homes for teens who must leave the foster care system at age 19,” said Richard Klarberg, President & CEO of the Council on Accreditation in New York. “Kids aging out of foster care is one of the most important initiatives in both Canada and the United States. Programs like yours offer a concrete and cost-effective approach to reducing homelessness and poverty among this growing segment of society. Congratulations on having the foresight and courage to tackle this problem.”
Once youth graduate from the Youth Housing Year Intensive Program, SOS B.C. promises lifelong engagement through their Aftercare Program. Once a child, youth, or caregiver has been part of SOS, they are part of the SOS family forever.
About SOS Children’s Village BC
SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest non-governmental, non-denominational child development organization and cares for fostered, orphaned, or abandoned children. It has existed for over 65 years with presence in 134 countries and 572 Villages. British Columbia is home to the only SOS Children’s Village in Canada. SOS Children’s Village BC provides homes, a supportive community, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults.
Music Director, Pianist
Leslie Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of Vancouver Opera, and the Music Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has worked at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Opera Company, the Santa Fe Opera, l’Opera National du Rhin, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and Saskatoon Opera and he is a frequent guest conductor with the UBC Opera Ensemble, the COSI Program in Sulmona Italy and Soundstreams Canada.
Sarah Templeton is a dynamic Vancouver-based soprano, noted for her rich, dark voice and dramatic intensity. Hilary Clark, reviewer for Opera Canada, has called her “outstanding…with clear tone and careful articulation…”. Sarah has appeared as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Die Mutter in Hänsel und Gretel, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Cio-cio San in Madama Butterfly, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. She has appeared as a member of Vancouver Opera’s chorus for several years, as well.
What is the European Festival?
Date: Saturday and Sunday May 27th and 28th, 2017
Time: 11 am Saturday to Midnight
Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm
Cost: $8.00* Early Ticket for the entire weeken!; Children under the age of 12 are free.
$10 at the Gate
Location: Swangard Stadium in Burnaby
Volunteers for “Team Germany” needed!
We need people to do a 3-hour volunteer shift, to cheer for Germany in the flag parade at 2 pm, to be there at 6:30 pm on Saturday, when the Alpenplattler perform on behalf of Germany and of course, to enjoy typisch Bratwurst and Beer.
For more information, or to sign up, please call Elke at 604 828 8788
Representatives from the German Canadian Business Association will be there.
If you have any last-minute German items you would like to see on the table, please let us know – maps, books, costumes, Christmas decorations and other typical German products
The link to the performances, starting on Saturday at 11 am can be found here:
The map of the Swangard Stadium can be found here:
From their website:
Needing a vacation? How about a European getaway, right here in your neighbourhood?
Bring friends and family and travel Europe for the weekend. Visit the 20th annual European Festival!
May 27 and 28, 2017, at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend of cultural and culinary delights and rich entertainment!
The European Festival highlights the best of European, culture and tradition – giving you a taste of that great “Old Continent” right in your own backyard!
Come savour it all, from German Pork Hock and Hungarian Lángos to Balkan Ćevapi and Turkish Kofte!
Admire authentic ethnic dress and get swept away by traditional dancing like the Portuguese Vira, the Spanish Flamenco and the Serbian Kolo.
Come and experience Europe, from east to west, as seen through the eyes of Europeans. On May 27th and 28th, EuroFest BC Society brings unity through diversity to the Lower Mainland with the colours, music and food of Europe!
Lecture in English with bilingual support.
Franco-German relations since the late 19th century have been profoundly affected by the policies of Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck was Prussian prime minister in 1862-1890 and chancellor of the German Empire in 1871-1890. After defeating France in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, Bismarck spearheaded Germany’s unification in 1871.
This presentation made by Michael Huenefeld will shed some light for the general public on Bismarck’s policy toward France throughout his career. This policy facilitated the creation of the German Empire in 1871 and helped set the tone for the subsequent development of Franco-German relations in the 20th century. The long-term results of Bismarck’s policy toward France indirectly contributed to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.
This presentation will also review the broader international framework of Franco-German interactions while Bismarck was chancellor, including the roles of Russia, Great Britain, Austria-Hungary, etc. Finally, this presentation will touch on some of Bismarck’s key personal characteristics and his domestic political objectives in Germany. Both Bismarck’s character and domestic policies influenced his conduct toward France.
Franco-German relations have been critical to Europe’s development. Understanding Bismarck’s policy toward France is essential to understanding Europe’s recent history.
Phone: (604) 327-0201
Fax: (604) 327-6606
Street address of our main campus:
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Vancouver, BC V5Z 3B2
The German Canadian Business Association (GCBA) would like to invite you to join them for one magic night at a soccer match between the Whitecaps and LA Galaxy on Saturday, April 1st, 2017. If they find at least 50 people, this will be an amazing fundraiser, if not, it will still be a fun night that includes business networking, a game, and a good time.
One of the GCBA’s new members is a representative of the Whitecaps and he is hoping to bring together many from the 200, 000 Germans living in Greater Vancouver. Please invite your family, your friends, your neighbours and your colleagues to join us! Share this event on Facebook.
http://www.germancanadianbusiness.com is our website.
https://www.facebook.com/GermanBusinessVancouver/ is our Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/165127080660456/ is our Events Page.
If you cannot attend on this night, but would still like to contribute by sponsoring a ticket for a student or young person, please contact Elke at:
To buy tickets, please click here: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/whitecaps/EN/link/promotion/home/984fb8d71470841155af00370a701b7804a0f217
All GCBA Members + Family and Friends enjoy savings of $19 on Corner Seats for April 1st Vs. LA Galaxy. Please use PROMO Code: GCBA! Contact Oliver at 604-319-6863 if there are any issues.
The European Festival can have up to 30 countries participating. The countries involved are often part of a greater organization, such as a club, an association or a cultural centre. Germany does not have that support at this time. It depends wholly on German individuals to sign up.
Each country involved needs to have 2 volunteers at their cultural table, but can also offer some tasty traditional food in the food tent, can sell a European-related product in the Marketplace and showcase their culture through a traditional performance on either the main stage, or the smaller stage in the back.
The German contribution has been organized mainly by one single volunteer – Kecia Boecking from the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – on behalf of Germany. One volunteer is not enough, as the festival now takes place Saturday and Sunday and needs a day or two to set up, a day or two to take down and constant volunteers for the 24 hours that the cultural tent is around.
If you have time in the merry month of May to help with the project, or if you can attend monthly planning sessions, please contact me. I was a part of the festival team for years, but this year, my May has gotten busier due to a family wedding and busy children. I might be able to attend for a couple of hours, but not for all 24. Germany needs a lot of help. This is also the 20th Festival, so it will be a milestone event.
Ideally, there will be at least 8 to 10 volunteers Saturday and 8 to 10 volunteers Sunday. Each country is also supposed to provide two parking volunteers Saturday and two parking volunteers Sunday. This does not include actual festival volunteers, who look after the entrance gate, the will call, the first aid booth, the children’s tent, the flag parade and many other things included in the festival.
You can also leave a comment below, if you are interested in getting involved. The dates are the last Saturday in May (May 27/28) this year and the event takes place at the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.
Website is: http://www.europeanfestival.ca
f you are interested in any of the festival volunteer positions or have any questions, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacant Manager Positions
Prince of Wales Secondary School in Vancouver is holding a Multicultural Fair for the first time on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 11:30 am. Six countries are participating and one of them is Germany.
As “Team Germany” is very small, we are hoping to find member of the German Community in Greater Vancouver who would be willing to help us out by sponsoring a German cake. Tickets for this event cost $3 and there will be Asian cuisine, Schnitzel prepared by Slovenia and Germany has been requested to provide desert-items. Black Forest Cherry Cake, Cheesecake, Strueselkuchen or just fun chocolate figurines (lady bugs, hearts, flowers etc.)
Germany will also be offering a Poster Board with cultural description – this is a project the Westside German School is helping with – a soccer wall – borrowed from Axel Rechlin Principal of the Surrey German School, and is attempting to organize a German hip hop Dance Group from students and parents from the PW Community organized by me. This is by far the biggest challenge.
We also need at least 2 volunteers at our table and 2 volunteers to organize the soccer wall.
It will be a fun event that gives us an opportunity to share some typical and modern German culture with high school students in Vancouver who may not even know anything about Germany!
If you would like to donate a cake or two, please contact Elke at 604 828 8788 and leave a message. You can also respond to this post below.
Please pass this request on to anyone you think may be interested in donating/volunteering.
2250 Eddington Drive