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Protecting the Constitution is protecting every citizen

Stilisierte Menschenmenge zur Illustration der Bürger


All democrats should agree that the Constitution needs protection to safeguard human rights, freedom, and democracy. The Basic Law has therefore created a vigilant democracy, including a comprehensive system to protect the Constitution.

For example, the Federal Constitutional Court may declare the forfeiture of basic rights if they are misused to fight the free democratic basic order. Parties and other associations may be banned if they aim at harming or overthrowing this order. The police, public prosecutors and the courts prosecute criminal offences directed against the existence of the State or its Constitution. However, the German domestic intelligence services do not take action against critical citizens or radical views. In Germany, criticism is not frowned upon, but welcome. Even radical views are legitimate.

The decisive factors are the citizens' basic principles and their willingness to actively promote democracy and human dignity.

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Anti-terrorist Hotline: +49(0)221/ 792-3366

Anti-terrorist Hotline: +49(0)221/ 792-3366

Publications

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2018
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How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

DOI: March 2018
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2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: July 2017
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Our topics – Facts to know

Our topics – Facts to know

DOI: January 2017
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Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

Industry 4.0 – Challenges of a new technology

DOI: January 2017
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Social media – Risks posed by social networks

Social media – Risks posed by social networks

DOI: March 2016
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