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Federal Government

The Federal Chancellor and the federal ministers form the Federal Government, the cabinet.
Christian Lindner, Olaf Scholz, Annalena Baerbock, Robert Habeck
Christian Lindner, Olaf Scholz, Annalena Baerbock, Robert Habeck © dpa

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. Since the 2021 general election, the federal cabinet has consisted of 15 ministers and the Head of the Federal Chancellery in addition to the Federal Chancellor. The federal ministries are the highest federal authorities for the relevant departments. The Federal Chancellor determines and is responsible for the general guidelines of policy.

The seat of government is the federal capital 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 › . Before German reunification in 1990, Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. In June 1991 the Bundestag The Bundestag The Bundestag is the elected representation of the German people. Technically speaking half the 598 seats in the Bundestag are allocated by means of the parties’ state lists (the second vote) and the other half by the direct election of candidates in the 299 constituencies (the first vote). This… Read more › decided that Berlin would be the seat of parliament and of government. Nevertheless, six federal ministries maintain their headquarters in Bonn, and all the ministries maintain offices in both cities. Bonn, as the second political centre of the Federal Republic, likewise bears the name Federal City of Bonn.

Federal Ministries

Federal Ministry of Finance
bundesfinanzministerium.de

Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community
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Federal Foreign Office
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Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
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Federal Ministry of Justice
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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
bmel.de

Federal Ministry for 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 for Digital and Transport
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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 › , Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection
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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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Federal Ministry of Building
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