Since its founding in Munich by police detective Max Lallinger in October 1946, the BP has had only one main goal: the the secession of Bavaria from the Federal Republic. Currently led by Florian Weber, the BP boasts 6300 members and a surprisingly young electorate – one-quarter of them are under 32 – nearly all Bavarians. They also want to repeal the smoking ban and introduce less restrictive gun laws.
Results last election: 0.7 percent
Historical high: 20.9 percent in 1949, winning 17 seats in the Bundestag
Candidates: 28 on party list, 15 direct, all in Bavaria
Why vote for your party? Because we advocate subsidiarity, federalism and personal freedom.
Your best slogan? “Strengthen the native, rather than demonise the foreign.”
Your most innovative idea? Bavaria as an independent state within a European confederation.
Make a constitutional change… A walkaway clause out of the German Federation for individual states.
Immigration? Immigration laws should work according to the Swiss model, namely via the use of referendums.
The euro? We advocate a controlled withdrawal from the eurozone; alternatively, a “Northern euro”.
The NSA scandal? The surveillance of individual persons should take place with judicial permission only.
Berlin… has its own assets that need to be supported. It is a beautiful city; the people who live there are very friendly. Rents in cities like Berlin and Munich need to be regulated on the regional/state level.
Veganism? A personal choice.
Answers by Florian Weber, party leader