BERLIN Nov 12 German Chancellor Angela Merkel's
Christian Democrats (CDU) are against the idea of holding
referendums on major European policy decisions, as proposed in
coalition talks, because this would undermine parliamentary
democracy, a senior CDU lawmaker said on Tuesday.
CDU deputy parliamentary leader Guenter Krings, reacting to
a document draw up in talks with the Social Democrats on forming
a coalition government, told Spiegel magazine's website: "The
CDU's position is clear: we oppose undermining parliamentary
The document, which recommends voting on policy decisions
that involve transferring powers to Brussels or committing money
at EU level, has not yet been approved by a larger coalition
panel led by Merkel, meaning it may never see the light of day.