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25/11/2013

Central public administration: Working conditions and industrial relations – Germany

EF 13/70/EN 3




Germany is a federal country made up of 16 federal states (Länder) and the federation (Bund). The Länder are states with sovereign rights and responsibilities that are not devolved from the federation, but are granted to them by the Basic Law. Each state has its own government, parliament, courts and legislative as well as executive powers. Therefore, power is divided between the federation and the states according to tasks and functions. As a rule, the Basic Law stipulates that the exercise of state powers is a matter for the federal states.



author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
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