Report: Germany lacking in campaign finance transparency
February 26, 2018
A Council of Europe report has called on Germany to prioritize seven outstanding recommendations in a bid to boost campaign finance transparency. Only nine of 20 previous recommendations have been implemented.
Germany has not taken enough steps to provide transparency in political party financing, the Council of Europe said in a report on Monday.
One recommendation that remains to be carried out is to lower the threshold for what is considered a large donation. Currently, only donations upward of €50,000 ($61,600) must be reported.
More transparency, more timely
In addition, the body said Germany should require political parties to become more transparent about financing in a timely manner. The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) would also like Germany to ban anonymous donations. The limit for anonymous donations is currently set at €500.
The report issues an "urgent appeal" to "prioritize" seven outstanding recommendations.