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The Cabinet of Germany (German: Bundeskabinett, Bundesregierung) is the chief executive body of the Federal Republic of Germany. It consists of the Chancellor and the cabinet ministers. The Bundesrat (federal council) is the representation of the 16 Federal States (Länder) of Germany at the federal level. ... Type Lower house President of the Bundestag Dr. Norbert Lammert, CDU since October 18, 2005 Members 614 Political groups (as of September 18, 2005 elections) Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union of Bavaria Bloc (226), Social Democratic Party of Germany (222), Free Democratic Party (61), The Left Party. ... The Federal Convention (Bundesversammlung) is a special body in the institutional system of Germany, convoked only for the purpose of selecting the Bundespräsident every five years. ... The Bundesverfassungsgericht The Federal Constitutional Court (in German: Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) is a special court established by the German constitutional document, the Grundgesetz (Basic Law). ... The Bundesgerichtshof or BGH (German for federal court) is the highest Germany for civil and criminal lawsuits. ... The President of Germany is Germanys head of state. ... Horst Köhler ( , born 22 February 1943) is the current President of Germany. ... The head of government of Germany is called Chancellor (German: Kanzler). ...   (IPA: ) (née Angela Dorothea Kasner, 17 July 1954, in Hamburg, Germany), is the Chancellor of Germany. ... Germany is a Federal Republic made up of 16 States, known in German as Länder (singular Land). ... There are 439 German districts (Kreise), administrative units in Germany. ... Elections in Germany gives information on election and election results in Germany, including elections to the Federal Diet (the lower house of the federal parliament), the Landtage of the various states, and local elections. ... This is a list of political parties in Germany. ... This article is about the human rights situation in the Federal Republic of Germany. ... The Federal Republic of Germany is a Central European country and member of the European Union, Group of 8 and NATO (among others). ... The European Union or EU is a supranational and international organization of 27 member states. ... Information on politics by country is available for every country, including both de jure and de facto independent states, inhabited dependent territories, as well as areas of special sovereignty. ... The head of government of Germany is called Chancellor (German: Kanzler). ... Alternate meanings in cabinet (disambiguation) A Cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ...


The details of the cabinet's organization are set down in articles 62 to 69 of the Basic Law. Article 64 Paragraph 2 states that the Chancellor and the ministers have to be sworn in when taking office. This article is about the governmental body. ... Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is the constitution[1] of Germany. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with President of the United States oath of office. ...


The Chancellor is responsible for guiding the cabinet; the Chancellor decides what direction their policies will take and bears the responsibility. The cabinet ministers have the freedom to carry out their duties independently but must follow the Chancellor's directive. This is known as the Ressortprinzip or principle of departmentalization. The Chancellor decides the scope of each minister's duties.


If two ministers disagree on a particular point, the cabinet resolves the conflict by majority vote (Kollegialprinzip or principle of deference).


The Chancellor directs the government's administrative affairs. Details are laid down in the government's Geschäftsordnung (rules for internal procedure) which states, for example, that the cabinet has quorum if at least half of the ministers including the chair are present. Look up quorum in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Contents

Present German Cabinet

See also Cabinet Merkel

The current federal cabinet (in office since November 22, 2005), consists of the following Ministers: The Cabinet Merkel The cabinet of Angela Merkel is the current government of Germany since November 22, 2005, during the 16th legislature of the Bundestag. ... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Office Incumbent Since Party
Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel 2005 CDU
Federal Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier 2005 SPD
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Sigmar Gabriel 2005 SPD
Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Michael Glos 2005 CSU
Federal Minister of Defence Dr. Franz Josef Jung 2005 CDU
Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Dr. Ursula von der Leyen 2005 CDU
Federal Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Chancellery Dr. Thomas de Maizière 2005 CDU
Federal Minister of the Interior Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble 2005 CDU
Federal Minister of Education and Research Dr. Annette Schavan 2005 CDU
Federal Minister of Health Ulla Schmidt 2001 SPD
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Horst Seehofer 2005 CSU
Federal Minister of Finance Peer Steinbrück 2005 SPD
Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Olaf Scholz 2007 SPD
Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs Wolfgang Tiefensee 2005 SPD
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul 1998 SPD
Federal Minister of Justice Brigitte Zypries 2002 SPD

The head of government of Germany is called Chancellor (German: Kanzler). ...   (IPA: ) (née Angela Dorothea Kasner, 17 July 1954, in Hamburg, Germany), is the Chancellor of Germany. ... This article needs cleanup. ... The Minister of Foreign Affairs (Bundesminister des Äußeren), is the member of the Cabinet of Germany in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ... The Vice-Chancellor of Germany (Vizekanzler) in Germany is the second highest position in the cabinet. ... Steinmeier and Condoleezza Rice in Berlin Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier (born 5 January 1956 in Detmold, Germany) is a German politician and, since November 22, 2005, Foreign Minister of Germany in the Grand Coalition of Angela Merkel. ... SPD redirects here. ... The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, known by the initials BMU from the German name, Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, is a ministry of the German federal government. ... Sigmar Gabriel, February 2, 2003 in Hanover (Landtag of Lower Saxony) Sigmar Gabriel (born September 12, 1959 in Goslar) is a German politician (SPD). ... The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (German: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie) is a ministry of the German Federal Government. ... Michael Glos (born December 14, 1944 in Brünnau) is a German politician (CSU) and Minister for Economics and Technology since November 22, 2005. ... The Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU – ) is a conservative political party in Germany. ... The Federal Ministry of Defence (Bundesministerium der Verteidigung) is a ministry in the German Cabinet. ... Franz Josef Jung (born 5 March 1949) is a German politician (CDU). ... The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (German: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend) is a Ministry of Germany. ... Image:Ursula von der Leyen. ... A Federal Minister for Special Affairs (Bundesminister für besondere Aufgaben) is a federal minister without portfolio of Germany. ... Kanzleramt, view from the Reichstag Kanzleramt Kanzleramt Former Federal Chancellery, Bonn, 1976-99 The Chancellors Office (Chancellery) (in German, Bundeskanzleramt, or more commonly Kanzleramt) is the office of the Chancellor, the head of the German federal government (Bundesregierung). ... Thomas de Maizière [] (born January 21, 1954 in Bonn) is a German conservative politician (CDU). ... BMI in Berlin The Federal Ministry of the Interior (in German, Bundesministerium des Innern) is a ministry of the German federal government. ... Wolfgang Schäuble Wolfgang Schäuble (born September 18, 1942 in Freiburg im Breisgau as the son of a tax finance advisor) is a German politician. ... The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (German: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) is a ministry in the German cabinet; it is headquartered in Bonn, but also has an office in Berlin. ... Annette Schavan   (born June 10, 1955 in Jüchen) is a German politician (CDU). ... The Federal Ministry of Health, (in German, Bundesministerium für Gesundheit ) is a ministry of the German federal government (see also Bundesregierung). ... Ursula Ulla Schmidt (born June 13, 1949 in Aachen) is a German politician. ... The Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection is a ministry in Germany. ... Horst Lorenz Seehofer (born July 4, 1949 in Ingolstadt) is a German politician (CSU). ... The Federal Ministry of Finance (German: Bundesministerium der Finanzen is part of the German federal government and is responsible for managing the federal budget. ... Peer Steinbrück Peer Steinbrück (born 10 January 1947 in Hamburg) is a German SPD politician. ... The Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs[1] is a ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany (see also Bundesregierung) and is located in Berlin. ... Olaf Scholz (pronounced IPA: ; born June 14, 1958) in Osnabrück) is a German politician from the Social Democratic Party of Germany. ... The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (German: Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung) is a Ministry of Germany. ... Wolfgang Tiefensee (born January 4, 1955 in Gera) is a German SPD politician. ... The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (German: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung) is a ministry in Germany. ... Federal Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (SPD) Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (born November 21, 1942 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German politician and a member of the Social Democratic Party since 1965. ... The Federal Ministry of Justice (German: Bundesministerium der Justiz) is a federal ministry in Germany. ... Federal Minister of Justice Brigitte Zypries at the Wikipedia booth at LinuxTag 2006 Brigitte Zypries (born November 16, 1953, in Kassel, Germany) is a German politician. ... The Cabinet of Germany (German: Bundeskabinett, Bundesregierung) is the chief executive body of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... The Federal Ministry of Defence (Bundesministerium der Verteidigung) is a ministry in the German Cabinet. ... The Federal Ministry of Justice (German: Bundesministerium der Justiz) is a federal ministry in Germany. ... The Federal Ministry of Finance (German: Bundesministerium der Finanzen is part of the German federal government and is responsible for managing the federal budget. ... BMI in Berlin The Federal Ministry of the Interior (in German, Bundesministerium des Innern) is a ministry of the German federal government. ... The German Foreign Office (in German, Auswärtiges Amt, or AA) is the foreign ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is responsible for both its foreign politics and its relationship to the European Union. ... The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (German: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie) is a ministry of the German Federal Government. ... The Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs[1] is a ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany (see also Bundesregierung) and is located in Berlin. ... The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (German: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend) is a Ministry of Germany. ... The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, known by the initials BMU from the German name, Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, is a ministry of the German federal government. ... The Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection is a ministry in Germany. ... The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (German: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung) is a ministry in Germany. ... The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (German: Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung) is a Ministry of Germany. ... The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (German: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) is a ministry in the German cabinet; it is headquartered in Bonn, but also has an office in Berlin. ... Image File history File links Coat_of_Arms_of_Germany. ...

See also

List of past ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany (1945-present) for current cabinet, see Cabinet of Germany Irmgard Adam-Schwaetzer, FDP (1991-1994) Konrad Adenauer, CDU (Chancellor) Hans Apel, SPD (1974 Finance, 1974-1982 Defense) Walter Arendt, SPD Egon Bahr, SPD Rainer Barzel, CDU (1962-1964 and 1982... The Stadthaus in Berlin, seat of the Ministerrat der DDR from 1961 until 1990 The Ministerrat (Council of Ministers) was the chief executive body of the East Germany since November 1950 until East Germany dissolved in 1990. ... “East Germany” redirects here. ...

References

  • Official English names of German ministers and ministries (German Foreign Office)

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