Sunday, September 23, 2007

How Europe is Different

Gabriele Pauli, who is the favorite to become head of the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria, has proposed that civil marriages automatically expire every seven years unless the married couple opts to "renew" the marriage. Some background, in Germany marriage is conducted in two separate ceremonies, one a state or civil marriage, and two, a church marriage. In order for your marriage to be recognized by the state you must conduct a civil marriage, and it cannot be conducted in a church. The Christian Social Union is the Bavarian equivalent of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) which prevails in the rest of Germany. Think of the DFL in relation to the Democratic party. I lived in Germany and this comes as no surprise to me. I think it has a fighting shot of passing.

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