Foreign Policy, Europe, German Government
Foreign Policy, EU Policy and the German Government
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 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.
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.
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.