Germany is a federal parliamentary republic, with legislative power divided between the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. The directly elected Bundestag (parliament) can be viewed as the lower chamber, while the appointed Bundesrat (representing German regional states, or Länder) can be seen as the upper chamber. The Bundestag and Bundesrat convene annually for set periods throughout a period of four years to comprise a session, 2017 marks the start of the 19th Bundestag session. Since 2005 Angela Merkel has served as the 8th Chancellor of Germany, and head of government. Frank-Walter Steinmeier serves as the 12th President of Germany, and formal head of state.

The Bundestag currently consists of 709 directly elected members. Half of the sitting members are directly elected from 299 constituencies, while the other half are elected from the party Land lists so as to achieve proportional representation for the total Bundestag. In this system, each voter has two votes in the elections—the first to elect local representatives, the second is cast for a party.

The Bundesrat is made up of 69 members. The Bundesrat members, unlike the Bundestag members, are not directly elected by either popular vote, or state parliaments, but rather, delegated by the respective state governments. Because of this, and combined with state elections not coordinated across Germany, the composition of the Bundesrat can change at any time according to state election results. The number off votes is allocated according to population distribution, with all votes being cast “en bloc,” either for, against, or in abstention of a particular proposal. States are allocated at least three votes, and a maximum of six.

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