Could Germans vote to exit the EU?
In a word, no.
Germans could only vote on exiting the EU if they first change their constitution to include such “direct democracy” at the national level. Only then could the Berlin government or parliament call a referendum.
Now isn’t that convenient. You’re not asked if you want in, you’re not asked about anything while you’re in and you couldn’t even ask to leave if you wanted to. So like why even ask?
And besides, what would you call the damned thing? A Dexet? A Gerexit? It just doesn’t have the right Klang.
Germany’s More Democracy organization has long called for making possible popular national referendums in the country. On its website, the group argues that the government merely presents “politics without any alternative” which parliament then “nods through.”