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  • Cheydinal

    I love how the German Constitution adopts a lot of the ideas from the American one, like the Electoral College for the (deliberately weak) Federal President, or the Upper House representing the state governments directly, or the voluntary religious affirmation after the oath of office.

    In Germany, the Upper House (the Bundesrat) consists of 3-6 seats per state appointed by the state governments but it only gets a vote on certain matters that affect state governments, like education, agriculture, etc, whereas foreign policy is decided by the parliament.

    We also have an electoral college, but one of which half is just the federal parliamentarians, and half is elected proportionally by the parties within each state legislature. The Federal President basically only has real influence when parliament can't decide on a Chancellor as he then chooses whether there be a snap election or a minority government, he can veto a law but traditionally only does it when he deems it wholly unacceptable, and soms other minor powers.

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