A Practical Guide to Constitution Building provides an essential foundation for understanding constitutions and constitution building. Full of world examples of ground-breaking agreements and innovative provisions adopted during processes of constitutional change, the Guide offers a wide range of examples of how constitutions develop and how their development can establish and entrench democratic values. Beyond comparative examples, the Guide contains in-depth analysis of key components of constitutions and the forces of change that shape them.
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The leader of Germany's Social Democrats on Sunday pledged a 50-50 male-female split of the party's cabinet posts in a planned new 'grand coalition' with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, according to a newspaper interview.
Sigmar Gabriel, 54, last week sealed a deal with Merkel to form a left-right government tie-up after five weeks of political wrangling following September elections, but the accord must still be endorsed by his party's membership.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel won a second term in office on Sunday, telling Germans: "I'm very happy tonight." Born Angela Kasner in Hamburg in 1954, she moved with her family to East Germany when she was only a toddler after her father, a Protestant pastor, was offered a job in the state of Brandenburg, north of Berlin. She grew up in the town of Templin, in the Uckermark region with its lakes and rolling hills.
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Aygul Ozkan, the daughter of a Turkish tailor, is the new face of Germany's ruling conservatives.
Her election to the leadership board of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) represents a facelift for a party that has for decades been dominated by white, Christian, predominantly male politicians.
Ozkan, 42, minister of social affairs in Lower Saxony state, is a rising star in a party which, under Angela Merkel, is bent on rejuvenating an image that is as stodgy as the meat, noodles and potatoes served at its party congress in Hanover.
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“We need to acknowledge that the world is full of gender-based differences and that it takes active, informed and well-resourced policies to eliminate existing gender-based discrimination. It will not be enough to have equal rights laid down in laws and regulations.” – Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition defeated an election-year opposition bid Thursday to set a quota for female board members in a vote that exposed a party rift and forced her to give ground.
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The German election is still more than two months away but for many the vote's final chapter has already been written.
Angela Merkel, it is widely assumed, is cruising to a third victory at the polls. When she wins, the thinking goes, there will be few, if any, major changes to German policy.
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Angela Merkel is riding high. As she returns from holiday to hit the campaign trail for the German elections, she is not only her country’s most popular leader for a generation, but arguably the most respected politician in the world. How has this unflashy East German scientist — who disdains glitz and glamour to the point that when she wears a new dress in public, it draws comment — succeeded in scaling the heights of international politics?
There is a mystery about Merkel: She succeeds by being a woman seemingly without mystery.
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On September 22, 62 million Germans will be asked to vote for the members of the Bundestag or Germany’s lower house. From a total of 622 seats, 204 are currently occupied by women (32.90%). Although quotas in Germany are not mandatory by law, some political parties implement them when elaborating their candidates list. Women's suffrage was introduced in Germany in 1918.
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Training and qualifying practitioners, researchers and students in anti-corruption is increasingly requested, utterly needed, but still in its infancy. For many years now we developed a training program that fills this gap, joining the world of theory with the world of practice. An analysis of political, economic and organizational incentives allows participants to obtain a profound understanding of the forces that are at play. Survey techniques and statistical analysis confront theory with data. Interactive tools such as games, poster presentations and case studies involve participants and... Read more
This paper was written for a series of seminars on public legislative hearings held in Beijing and Shanghai, China. The purpose of the paper is to provide Chinese participants with first-hand accounts of the context and functioning of public hearings in the United States and Germany, where public hearings are more integrated into the legislative process. Read more
Times are changing as more and more women are taking to high office around the world; the US Senate has just announced that a record 20 seats are now held by women, which is considered to be a real leap forward in what has always been a male domain.
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Within minutes of being sworn in as governor of the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer turned to members of the opposition and gestured to lawmakers seated across the aisle from her center-left party, offering not a challenge, but an invitation.
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