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Bundesrat of Germany, Berlin

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The German Bundesrat (literally ‘Federal Council’; pronounced [ˈbʊndəsʁaːt]) is a legislative body that represents the sixteen Länder (federated states) of Germany at the national level. The Bundesrat meets at the former Prussian House of Lords in Berlin. Its second seat is located in the former West German capital of Bonn.

The Bundesrat participates in legislation, alongside the Bundestag, the directly elected representation of the people of Germany, with laws affecting state competences and all constitutional changes requiring the consent of the body. For its similar function, it is sometimes described as an upper house of parliament along the lines of the United States Senate, the Canadian Senate or the British House of Lords.
Bundesrath (from 1901 on: Bundesrat, according to a general spelling reform) was the name of similar bodies in the North German Confederation (1867) and the German Empire (1871). Its predecessor in the Weimar Republic (1919–1933) was the Reichsrat.

The political makeup of the Bundesrat is affected by changes in power in the states of Germany, and thus by elections in each state. Each state delegation in the Bundesrat is essentially a representation of the state government and reflects the political makeup of the ruling majority or plurality of each state legislature (including coalitions). Thus, the Bundesrat is a continuous body and has no legislative periods. But for organizational reasons the Bundesrat structures its legislative calendar in years of business (Geschäftsjahre), beginning each year on 1 November. Each year of business is congruous with the term of the presidium. The sessions have been counted continuously since the first session on 7 September 1949: The session on 8 November 2019, the first session of the 71st year of business, was the 982nd session of the Bundesrat.
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  • This is a local government building and is quite impressive in its construction and architecture. It has been repaired since World War II Bomb Damage  more »
  • Walked here today. It’s an old building used by government for over a hundred years. A bomb destroyed some of the building during the Second World War but it was rebuilt after. A beautiful building.  more »
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  • More than 100 years old building meant for upper chamber of the Parliament. The building is still strong and graceful.
  • Because it's fuggin cool baby!

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