The Bundestag has held its first sitting, a month after Germany’s general election. There are more parties, more MPs, less women, and a fresh intake of highly controversial figures.
The Bundestag convened October 24 for the first time since September 22, following the general election. It will be its largest size ever — in total, 709 Mitglieder des Bundestages (Members of Parliament) will sit in the chamber compared to 631 in the previous parliament.
Due to the return of the Free Democracts (FDP) for the first since time since 2013, and the arrival of Alternative for Germany (AfD), it will consist of six parties for the first time since 1957.
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