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Government of Germany wants to exclude concept of race from Сonstitution

Source : 112 Ukraine

Merkel is open to debate on exclusion of this concept from the Basic Law
13:00, 13 June 2020

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German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht supported the call of several politicians to exclude the concept of "race" from the country's constitution, as DW reports.

The authors of the Basic Law of Germany, which entered into force in 1949, had reasons to include this category in its text, she noted in an interview with one of the publications. "But I think that we are now living in a different time and therefore this concept should be excluded from our Basic Law," Lambrecht said.

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At the same time, the Minister of Justice emphasized that after the possible deletion of the word “race” from the text of the German Сonstitution, Germany should continue to be committed to combating racism. She also indicated that two thirds of the votes of the members of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat are required to amend the Basic Law.

In turn, the official representative of the German government, Steffen Seibert, noted that Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel is open to debate on the exclusion of the concept of race from the Basic Law.

As we reported before, the German government recommends its citizens to withhold from visiting Ukraine and more than 160 countries outside the European Union until the end of the summer.

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