Extention of Nuclar Policy Debate in German Bundestag to Twitter (Once Again) Shows Political Potential of Social Media

[Gov. Spokesman S Seibert] Even though this blog is focussed on IP issues and not so much on nuclear politics and social media usage by politicians, I consider the somewhat exceptional parliamentary debate of March 24 in the German Bundestag worth noting, since it once more provides a preview on the future impact of social media on western democracies - which certainly should be an issue at least for legal and political bloggers. After the severe problems of Fukushima's nuclear plant became evident, the German center-right government under Angela Merkel (Christian Democrats) initiated a nuclear moratorium, according to which the seven oldest nuclear power plants - two of which lying in center-right governed Baden-Württemberg where state elections are held this weekend - are shut down for at least three months, only about four months after the lifespan of nuclear power plants has been significantly extended by the government. Assumptions of parts of the media and many citizens that the moratorium has been set up only for electoral tactical reasons have been unintentionally confirmed by talkative Economics Minster Rainer Brüderle (Liberals), who frankly disclosed to lobbyists of nuclear industry that "in view of the upcoming state elections pressure weighs heavily on politics, which is why decisions are not always rational". One can lively imagine that Chancellor Merkel was not amused to hear that her Economics Minister considers her politics "not rational". Now, during Thursday's parliamentary debate, we experienced an astonishing exchange of words between Government spokesman Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) and opposition politician Volker Beck (@Volker_Beck) of the Green Party - via twitter. [Volker Beck] Seibert tweeted during Merkel's government statement that "Chancellor Calls in Parliament: EU should decide today in Brussels to import no more oil from Libya" ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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