Government, Foreign and EU Policy

Auszug aus dem Grundgesetz

Basic Law and Constitutional Organs

The Basic Law is the legal and political foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. It defines the rights and duties of five state organs. The constitutional organs are the Bundestag, the Bundesrat, the Federal President, the Federal Government and the Federal Constitutional Court.

The Federal Chancellery, Berlin

The 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.

German Foreign-Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Foreign Policy

Whether Somalia or Afghanistan – in many crises around the world failing state structures are an important factor. Recognising political and humanitarian crises as early as possible and taking appropriate action is a key goal of German foreign policy.

Flag of the European Union

Germany and the EU

The European Union is the biggest political success story of the past 50 years. The EU is not simply a common economic area, but rather a community of shared values. Peace and prosperity, freedom and security - those are achievements cherished by all EU citizens. The project Europe will continue to offer opportunities for all. 

Foreign and EU Policy

Flaggen vor dem Europa-Parlament in Straßburg

Germany's candidate for election to the bench of the International Criminal Court

Germany's candidate for election to the bench of the International Criminal Court

Coalition Agreement: European and Foreign Policy

New German cabinet sworn in

Please click here to download the chapter on European and Foreign Policy of the coalition agreement of the current German government (please note: this is a translation by the Federal Foreign Office).