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Government of Germany - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Explore the different branches of the German government in this chapter, which provides an in-depth look at major parts of Germany's constitution and an overview of the powers and structure of the country's executive, legislative and judicial branches. When you've finished watching the lessons in this chapter, you'll have knowledge of:
- History of the German Constitution
- Roles of the Bundestag and Bundesrat
- Powers held by the Chancellor and President of Germany
- German foreign relations
|The Federal Republic of Germany: An Overview||Get a high-level look at Germany's Federal Republic.|
|The History, Development & Major Components of the Constitution of Germany||Explore the history of Germany's constitution and its major components. Learn how the German Constitution was developed.|
|The Executive Branch of the Federal Republic of Germany||Describe the structure of the executive branch and examine the roles that the Chancellor, President and Cabinet play in the government.|
|The Legislative Branch of the Federal Republic of Germany: Bundestag and the Bundesrat||Discuss methods of appointment to the legislative branch and the powers held by its members.|
|The Judicial Branch of the Federal Republic of Germany||Delve into the structure of the judicial branch of the Federal Republic and discover the roles and powers given to this branch.|
|Foreign Relations of Germany: Diplomatic Missions, Contributions & Alliances||Find out about Germany's contributions to the European Union and United Nations, and discuss its association with the NATO Defense Alliance, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.|
1. The Federal Republic of Germany: An Overview
In this lesson, we explore the federal government of the German Republic and briefly delve into each branch and the positions that help create German law and govern Germany.
2. The History, Development & Major Components of the Constitution of Germany
In this lesson, we explore the history, development, and the major laws of the Constitution of Germany, or as it is more specifically known, the Basic Law of Germany.
3. The Executive Branch of the Federal Republic of Germany
In this lesson, we explore the executive branch of the Federal Republic of Germany, a branch of government primarily dominated by two positions: the president and the chancellor.
4. The Legislative Branch of the Federal Republic of Germany: Bundestag and the Bundesrat
In this lesson, we'll explore the legislative branch of the Federal Republic of Germany. A bicameral institution, the Bundestag and Bundesrat pass German legislation and even elect its de facto head of state.
5. The Judicial Branch of the Federal Republic of Germany
In this lesson, we explore the judicial branch of Germany, including its ordinary courts and the most important court in Germany, the Federal Constitutional Court.
6. Foreign Relations of Germany: Diplomatic Missions, Contributions & Alliances
In this lesson, we explore the diplomatic relations of Germany since the end of World War II, including the larger international organizations of which it is an integral part.
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Other chapters within the History 109: Western Europe Since 1945 course
- Review of World War II
- The Cold War in Western & Eastern Europe
- The End of the Cold War
- National Developments in the Postwar Period
- The History of the European Union
- The Institutions of The European Union (EU)
- European Government, Political Processes, and Institutions
- European Political Parties
- European Issues and Policies
- Government of the United Kingdom
- Government of France
- Government of Spain
- Government of Italy