Germany - The Bonn Republic

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Germany: The Bonn Republic The Basic Law and its 1990 Extension 1) Parliamentary system from 1949 a) Under occupation by 4 Allied powers b) Was divided c) German Democratic Republic believed in communism d) Start of Cold War 2) Document was drafted in West Germany a) “Basic Law” b) Not called a Constitution in hopes that a unified Germany could one day write that together c) It was meant to be temporary but became permanent 3) There is a tradition in Germany of Parliamentary government 4) Had an advanced democracy but the Weimar Republic fell because of an unstable government and then Hitler 5) German Constitution - - meant to prevent what happened in Weimar - - Two features: a) Federal System i) State and federal governments ii) 2 houses - - the Bundis Tag and the Bundis Rat (upper house) (1) Not directly elected but appointed by the lender governments (states) (2) Depends on who wins regional governments (3) Lots of power in passing legislation - - can veto (4) Cannot veto everything ie Federal Budget
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2008 for the course PO 251 taught by Professor Perez during the Fall '07 term at BU.

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