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Federal Government

The Federal Chancellor and the federal ministers form the Federal Government, the cabinet.
Angela Merkel, Heiko Maas
Angela Merkel, Heiko Maas © Getty Images

The Federal Chancellor Federal chancellor The Federal Chancellor is the only member of the Federal Government to be elected. The constitution empowers him to personally choose his ministers, who head the most important political authorities. Moreover it is the Chancellor who determines the number of ministries and their responsibilities… Read more › heads the Federal government. Together with the federal ministers he or she forms the Federal government Federal Government The Federal Government and cabinet is made up of the Federal Chancellor and the Federal Ministers. While the Chancellor holds the power to issue directives, the ministers have departmental powers, meaning that they independently run their respective ministries in the framework of those directives… Read more › , 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 Federal chancellor The Federal Chancellor is the only member of the Federal Government to be elected. The constitution empowers him to personally choose his ministers, who head the most important political authorities. Moreover it is the Chancellor who determines the number of ministries and their responsibilities… Read more › 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 Berlin Once a year, during the Berlinale film festival, the world of the silver screen focuses its attention on Berlin. And the city’s inhabitants are used to global interest. After all, the people of Berlin have lived in a capital city since 1458. However, there is also a shady side to the city’s history… Read more › , six in the Federal City of Bonn. All the ministries maintain offices in both cities.

Federal Ministries

Federal Ministry of Finance
bundesfinanzministerium.de

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community 
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Federal Foreign Office
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Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy 
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Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
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Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
bmas.de

Federal Ministry of Defence
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Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
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Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens Senior citizens Senior citizens are not only growing older, but are healthier, fitter and more active than in the past. They are also economically better off: the over-60s hold almost a third of total purchasing power. The life style of the 50+ generation: almost one in two cares increasingly about fitness, health… Read more › , Women and Youth
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Federal Ministry of Health
bundesgesundheitsministerium.de

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
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Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation Nature conservation There are around 48,000 native animal species and over 24,000 native species of land plants, mosses, fungi, lichens and algae in Germany. Nature conservation is a state goal in the Federal Republic and is entrenched in Article 20a of the Basic Law. There are thousands of designated nature… Read more › and Nuclear Safety
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Federal Ministry of Education and Research 
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Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
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