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German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a speech.

German Chancellor

As German Chancellor, Angela Merkel is head of the German government. The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland) provides that the Federal Chancellor holds a strong position. According to Article 64 of the Basic Law, the Federal Chancellor has the right to form the Federal Cabinet.

Joachim Gauck (Archives)

German President

The German President is Germany's head of state. He is the constitutional organ which represents the Federal Republic of Germany both at home and abroad.

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The Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany

In addition to the election of the Federal Chancellor, the Bundestag’s most important functions are preparing and adopting legislation and scrutinising the work of the government. Each year, the Members of the Bundestag also discuss and adopt the federal budget.

Bundesrat, the second chamber of German Parliament

The Bundesrat is one of the five constitutional bodies in Germany. The federal states participate through the Bundesrat in the legislation and administration of the Federation.

REGIERUNGonline - The Federal Government

The Press and Information Office of the Federal Government informs.

Federal Statistical Office

The mission of the Federal Statistical Office is to provide and disseminate statistical information, which is objective, independent and of high quality. This information is made available to everybody: politicians, government, administration, businessmen and citizens.

IFA - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

IFA - Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations

The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa) is an organization operating worldwide to promote artistic exchange and dialogue between civil societies and to provide information about foreign cultural policy.

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Facts about Germany

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