Official name of the country: Bundesrepublik Deutschland(Federal Republic of Germany)Official language: DeutschOfficial name of Parliament: There are two legislative bodies, of which the elective German Bundestag is the supreme legislative authority. The component federal states, the Länder, participate through the Bundesrat in the legislation and administration of the Federation. The Bundesrat consists of members of the Land governments which appoint and recall them. Laws passed by the German Bundestag require the consent of the Bundesrat when matters affecting the federal states are concerned. In German constitutional law the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat constitute two separate constitutional bodies of their own.
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