German Bundestag

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German Bundestag
Federal Diet

Deutscher Bundestag
20th Bundestag
Coat of arms or logo
Preceded byReichstag 1933–1945
Volkskammer (East Germany) 1949–1990
Bärbel Bas, SPD
Since 26 October 2021
Aydan Özoğuz, SPD
Since 26 October 2021
Yvonne Magwas, CDU
Since 26 October 2021
Vacant, AfD
Wolfgang Kubicki, FDP
Since 24 October 2017
Petra Pau, The Left
Since 7 April 2006
Political groups
Government (416)

Opposition parties (320)

Mixed-member proportional representation (MMP)
Last election
26 September 2021
Next election
Meeting place
Reichstag Plenarsaal des Bundestags.jpg
Reichstag building
Mitte, Berlin, Germany
The plenary of the German Bundestag.

The German Bundestag (commonly referred to as Bundestag) is the legislature of Germany. It meets in Berlin, in the Reichstag building, which was specially rebuilt ready for the Bundestag to move from Bonn.

The Bundestag has at least 598 members. Every 4 years the German people vote. After the 2017 election there were 709 members. In the election of 26 September 2021, 736 members were assigned - the base 598 seats plus 138 overhang and leveling seats. The next elections are in 2025.

A party gets seats when it gets at least 5% of the votes or 3 direct mandates. Every voter has two votes, one for a person and one for a party. 299 members each represent a constituency, just as in the British House of Commons or the US House of Representatives. The other half are elected from a party list in each Land. The total number of seats a party gets depends on the number of the second "party votes" it gets.

But if a party wins more constituency seats than its share of the party votes, then it keeps those extra seats. These extra seats, or extra mandates, are the reason the Bundestag sometimes has more than 598 members. If a party gets extra mandates, the other parties get some extra seats too to make sure every party gets exactly its share of party seats. This system of giving extra mandates was changed in 2013. Before 2013, if a party won extra mandates, then it got to put more members in the Bundestag, which gave the party more influence over the Bundestag than it won in the elections.

The Bundestag president is named Bärbel Bas. She oversees the sessions of the body.

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