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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.

The Federal Chancellor
In December 2013 the Bundestag re-elected Dr. Angela Merkel to the office of Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Angela Merkel is the eighth German Federal Chancellor and the first woman to head a Federal Government. Read more

The Cabinet
The Chancellor and the Federal Ministers form the Federal Cabinet. The Chancellor chairs the Federal Cabinet. Read more

Federal Ministries
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. Read more

Functions and Constitution
How does a Federal Government actually come about? What does it say about this in the Basic Law? What is the Federal Government permitted to do and how are laws made? Read more

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