Government and Politics of Contemporary Berlin by Elmer Plischke

By Elmer Plischke

Berlin lies greater than a hundred miles in the back of the Iron Curtain in the Soviet-occupied sector of Germany. it's not, even if, a part of that area. it's a separate political entity for which the 4 significant allies of the warfare opposed to Nazi tyranny are together in charge. Its particular prestige stems from the truth that it used to be the capital not just of Hitler's 3rd Reich yet of the German country shaped within the latter half the nineteenth century. In essence, the 4 significant allies agreed to carry Berlin, because the conventional capital, in belief for a democratic and united Germany. usa, division of country Berlin-I96I (1961) The department of Germany, and with it the bifurcation of its one-time capital - Berlin - has produced one of many premiere political contro­ versies of the mid-twentieth century. There has lengthy been a "German problem," and volumes were written in regards to the background and tradition of the rustic, the Nazi period and international conflict II, the Allied profession, and up to date political and fiscal advancements in Ger­ many. but, the "Berlin challenge" - as a part of the wider German query - is traditionally of the present era.

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18 The political leaders serving as Regiel'ender Burgel'meister of West Berlin have included Professor Ernst Reuter, Dr. Otto Suhr, and currently Willy Brandt. 16 17 GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM 41 EXECUTIVE-LEGISLATIVE RELATIONS As in the case of the cabinets of other governments, the Senat of Berlin requires the confidence of the legislature. The Abgeordnetenhaus may pass a vote of non-confidence for the Senat as a whole and for each of its individual members. The Temporary Constitution of I946 required a two-thirds non-confidence vote supported by the endorsement of the Allied Kommandatura.

80-84; also see Ver/assutlg von Berlin vom I. September I950 (Berlin, 1951), with commentary by Kurt Landsberg and Harry Goetz. The complete text of the Constitution of 1950 is given below in Appendix 12. The official German text, as amended, is presented in Landeszentrale fiir politische Bildungsarbeit Berlin, Die Ver/assung von Berlin (Berlin: Berlin-Schoneberg Rathaus, 1960). Parallel German and English versions, as initially approved in 1950, are provided in HICOG, Policy Reports Secretary, I950 Berlin Constitution and Electoral Law (Bad GodesbergfMehlem, January 15, 1951).

At present, on the other hand, a vote of non-confidence requires only the approval of a simple majority of the elected members of the legislative chamber. 19 A degree of parliamentary control of the Senat also is exercised by questions put to it either by a party F raktion or by individual members of the A bgeordnetenhaus. The Senat customarily answers these inquiries at the beginning of the session of the chamber. The enactment of legislation is exclusively the domain of the legislature, and executive approval of laws is not required.

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