The Federal Chancellor heads the Federal government. Together with the federal ministers he or she forms the Federal government, the cabinet. Alongside the Chancellor’s power to set policy guidelines, within these general parameters ministers on principle run their ministries independently; the collective principle also applies, whereby the Federal government settles disputes by majority decision. The federal cabinet consists of 14 ministers and the Head of the Federal Chancellery. The federal ministries are the highest federal authorities for the relevant departments. The cabinet is currently made up of seven women and nine men.
The Federal Chancellor determines and is responsible for the general guidelines of policy. The Federal Chancellery and the federal ministries employ around 18,000 people. The Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Defence are among the ministries with large payrolls. Eight ministries are based in Berlin, six in the Federal City of Bonn. All the ministries maintain offices in both cities.
Federal Ministry of Finance
Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Federal Foreign Office
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Federal Ministry of Defence
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Federal Ministry of Family Affairs,Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Federal Ministry of Health
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development