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The Constitution

Justice and freedom for all

Vier stilisierte Paragrafen zur Illustration von Verfassung und Gesetzen

Many of us take our democracy for granted. We know that in our country, our Constitution, the Basic Law, guarantees human rights. Free elections are a normal thing to us. We can travel without restrictions, and in our constitutional state, we have to fear neither repression nor arbitrariness. The press, radio and television are not subject to censorship. The power of those governing our country is subject to control exercised by various entities: the parliament, opposition, independent courts, public opinion, and last but not least, the voters. Is all that to be taken for granted?

Time and again, Germans have experienced the vulnerability of democracy and the fact that it has adversaries who want it abolished. The first attempt at establishing a democracy in Germany - the Weimar Republic - failed. Scorned and fought by the right and by the left, it finally collapsed due to its own defencelessness.

The National Socialists established their dictatorship and committed crimes unprecedented in history. Even after World War II, there was no democracy for millions of Germans. For many decades, people in the German Democratic Republic continued to face oppression by Communist tyranny. The GDR's totalitarian claim, as well as like-minded individuals in the Federal Republic of Germany who received their orders and funding from the GDR, continued to be a constant threat to our freedom, too.

The Germans have learnt their lesson from their bitter experience. Our Basic Law is the constitution of a democratic state, committed to peace and the rule of law. Our Republic's supreme values have formed the foundation of our free democratic basic order. They are not negotiable for anyone; they are absolutely protected.

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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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