An Admission of Incompetence by the Assemblies of Frankfurt and Berlin

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Author(s) Karl Marx
Written 11 June 1848

Source: Marx-Engels Collected Works, Volume 7, p. 72;
First published: in Neue Rheinische Zeitung No. 12-13, June 13, 1848.
Collection(s): Neue Rheinische Zeitung
Keywords : Parliament, Denmark

Cologne, June 11. Both assemblies, the one in Frankfurt and the one in Berlin, have solemnly put on record their admission of incompetence. One assembly, by its vote on the question of Schleswig-Holstein, recognises the Federal Diet as its superior authority.[1] The other, by its decision to reject Deputy Berends’ motion and by passing to the substantiated order of the day, not only repudiates the revolution, a but expressly admits that it is solely empowered to agree upon the Constitution and thereby recognises the basic principle underlying the draft of the Constitution that has been proposed by the Camphausen Government. Both assemblies have given a correct appraisal of their worth. They are both incompetent.

  1. On June 9, 1848, the Frankfurt National Assembly rejected a Bill bringing the approval of any future peace treaty with Denmark within the Assembly’s jurisdiction. The Assembly thus avoided taking any responsibility for the final settlement of the Schleswig-Holstein question and allowed the Federal Diet complete freedom of action on this issue