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Germans Say They Want Referendums

In California, they've led to the legalization of cannabis for medical uses and the recall of a governor, paving the way for Arnold Schwarzenegger's election. Now an overwhelming majority of Germans also want to have their say by holding referendums. The problem is, they're currently banned by Germany's "basic law," the country's de facto constitution. But 84 percent of Germans would like to see that change, according to a survey released this week by pollster Forsa for the Hamburg-based magazine Stern. Germans also want to have their say on a European constitution, with 74 percent saying they want to be able to vote on the final draft of the historic document. In a separate question, the poll also found that 52 percent of Germans support changing the country's store opening hours law to allow businesses to open their doors on Sundays.

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