Democracy and the Basic Law

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The Federal Republic and its constitution: the Basic Law and the understanding of democracy in Germany.
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Between a form of government and way of life

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The future of democracy

Democracy as a form of government: read where the strength of democracy lies in an exclusive essay by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Democracy in Germany

The Basic Law is the heart of democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany. It was only intended as a temporary measure, but has now lasted since 1949.

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Can ­democracy be learned?

Federal Agency for Civic Education: a former civil rights campaigner is responsible for civic education. Here you can find out whether he believes it is possible to learn democracy.