- Cabinet of Germany
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.
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
quorumif at least half of the ministers including the chair are present.
Present German Cabinet
The current federal cabinet (in office since
November 22, 2005), consists of the following Ministers:
List of ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany- an alphabetical list of former ministers
Ministerratof the German Democratic Republic
* [http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/de/Infoservice/Terminologie/Bundesregierung/Englisch.pdf Official English names of German ministers and ministries (German Foreign Office)]
* [http://www.bundesregierung.de/Webs/Breg/EN/Federal-Government/Cabinet/cabinet.html German cabinet website, in English]
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