Rasha Nasr for a year in the Bundestag: he has these issues on the agenda

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Rasha Nasr one year for Dresden at the Bundestag: he has these issues on the agenda

Of Paul Hoffman, Eric Potter

Berlin – “So young and already in the Bundestag“was the title of a small TAG24 series in the spring, in which we introduced you to the politicians who entered the highest German parliament at a young age. The federal elections are now a year ago. With Rasha Nasr30 years, SPD– Parliamentarians from the Dresden constituency, today we want to make a new face speak. What inspired you in Berlin and what perhaps bitterly disappointed you?

A year in the Bundestag: Rasha Nasr (30, SPD), born in Dresden, takes stock.

A year in the Bundestag: Rasha Nasr (30, SPD), born in Dresden, takes stock. © Christian Kielman

DAY 24: A year in the German Bundestag, time passed pretty quickly, didn’t it?

Rasha Nasr: Yes and no. On the one hand, time has flown by very quickly because I’ve never been bored and haven’t really gotten to rest since the general election. On the other hand, more has happened in those 12 months than we could all have imagined, sometimes making it seem like several years have passed.

DAY 24: Which moment of the last 12 months do you remember the most?

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Nasr: Sure, there are the obvious answers: election night, when we won a victory that we were not given credit for for so long; the choice of Olaf Scholz to the Federal Chancellor; the Federal Assembly; the turning point of the era, which is certainly particularly memorable for all. But I also like to think back to all the little personal encounters, whether in constituency work, in the Bundestag or with friends and family.

DAY 24: What has been the biggest disappointment for you so far?

Nasr: The word disappointment doesn’t come close to it, but on the morning of February 24 I felt like most citizens. It still hurts that the peaceful order in Europe has collapsed, seeing the horrible images and witnessing human destiny.

DAY 24: How has your time in the Bundestag balanced your private life?

Nasr: Being a member of the Bundestag is not a normal office job. You represent the people of this country and fill that role 24/7. Of course, this has a serious impact on your private life as well, from the time you have for free time to the fact that you can be recognized everywhere and therefore not. you can never slip 100 percent from the deputy role.

Dresden Rasha Nasr sits for the SPD in the German Bundestag

A year ago, Nasr left for Berlin.

A year ago, Nasr left for Berlin. © Eric Munch

DAY 24: There are old friends in the home town and have you made new friends in the last year? Is it really possible to make friends in the Bundestag, even with parliamentarians from other parties?

Nasr: Old friends don’t just exist, they’re probably more important now than ever. They tell you clearly when they don’t like something and cheer you up when there are difficult days. Without true friends you are in a solution.

Of course, you can also make new friends, even among other factions. But there is simply no time to make such close friendships as they already exist at home.

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Young MP Fabian Funke: Voices from the East must finally be heard!

DAY 24: Associated with the activity in the Bundestag is also a rather interesting payment. How has life changed in terms of money?

Nasr: My lifestyle hasn’t changed much. I wouldn’t even have time to indulge in expensive new hobbies. Maybe I’ll hit one or the other Lego set faster today than I would a year ago. Over the past year, the realization has grown that while it’s great to be financially independent, the greatest treasure is the time you can spend with the people you love. The rarer it becomes, the more expensive it seems.

DAY 24: Do you feel a lot of envy when it comes to monetary matters?

Nasr: Of course, sometimes I also hear the usual sayings: politicians earn too much, they have no connection with people’s daily lives, they are in politics only for the money. Often my first instinct is to disagree and explain why none of this is true in my case.

But as a company, we also need to understand where it comes from. When the gap between rich and poor widens, livelihoods are threatened and achievements in life are not recognized, frustration arises. And frustration isn’t always expressed constructively. So my job is not to contradict people, but to make sure no one has to complain anymore. It’s a big task, but it’s also the reason I got into politics.

SPD politician Nasr: “Public attention has understandably focused heavily on the great crises of the past twelve months”

The war in Ukraine also has an impact on daily life in the German parliament.

The war in Ukraine also has an impact on daily life in the German parliament. © – / Ukrinform / dpa

DAY 24: The war in the Ukraine and the resulting energy crisis makes normal daily parliamentary life almost impossible. Are you still able to publish your projects or will they all go wrong?

Nasr: Understandably, public attention has focused heavily on the major crises of the past twelve months: the Crown, Ukraine, energy. But the traffic light not only handled these crises during this period, it also anticipated the necessary modernization of our country in many areas as planned.

We have the §219a abolished, which prohibited doctors from providing information on abortions. As promised, we have raised the minimum wage to 12 euros. We are currently working on the implementation of the citizenship allowance. I am currently working mainly on immigration reform of skilled workers. So the committees are not standing still.

DAY 24: What topic would you address immediately if you could?

Nasr: that we are inside Saxony I cannot accept having the lowest collective contractual coverage in all of Germany at 43%. I would like to make sure that we at least reach the countries where collective bargaining coverage is the highest, so that we can finally have the same wages in the east and west and an overall higher wage level in Germany.

DAY 24: Is Berlin just a place to work for you, or are there places where you now feel “at home”?

Nasr: My home is and will remain Dresden, where I spend every free minute. Getting off the train in Dresden after a long week in Berlin, walking around my city and meeting my friends and family is an indescribably beautiful feeling.

Cover photo: Christian Kielmann

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