Because of the German federal elections in 2009, FSFE called on all German Free Software supporters to ask the parties' candidates about their positions on Free Software and Open Standards. FSFE set up a page about the German Bundestagswahl to help asking questions, and to collecting answers.
During the campaign politicians from many parties have recognised the potential of Free Software and Open Standards for Germany. In response to questions from supporters of FSFE, they explained that Free Software equals more competition, promotes innovation and provides cost savings.
FSFE collected the candidates' answers and wrote an overview of the parties' programmes where they concern Free Software (in German). Our Fellows, volunteers and the German team asked 35 questions and got 26 replies.