GERMANY: Referendum

Polling boxes were opened throughout Germany last week for a preliminary referendum to determine whether a subsequent referendum shall be held on the question of whether property belonging to the former German nobility and seized by the Republic may be retained without compensation to the original owners. According to the German Republican Constitution, a preliminary poll of four million votes must be obtained before the ultimate referendum can be held. To be successful, the final vote must total 20 millions, which is considered virtually an impossibility, since...

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