Parliament and government

Schwerin Castle, probably the prettiest seat of parliament in Germany

Schwerin Castle, probably the prettiest seat of parliament in Germany Show details

Schwerin Castle

Schwerin Castle, probably the prettiest seat of parliament in Germany

Schwerin Castle

The Landtag, the state parliament, is the freely elected representative of the people. Its composition is decided in free general, equal and secret elections, most recently on 4 September 2016. A term lasts five years. The Landtag decides state laws and the national budget. It elects the prime minister and controls the state government and state administration. The seat of the parliament is Schwerin Castle, probably the prettiest seat of parliament in Germany.

Minister-President Manuela Schwesig was sworn in in the State Parliament (Landtag) on 4 July 2017 Show details

Minister-President Manuela Schwesig was sworn in in the State Parliament (Landtag) on 4 July 2017

Minister-President Manuela Schwesig was sworn in in the State Parliament (Landtag) on 4 July 2017

Minister-President Manuela Schwesig was sworn in in the State Parliament (Landtag) on 4 July 2017

The Minister-President of the state is Manuela Schwesig (SPD). She heads a state government consisting of the SPD and CDU parties.

Under the state constitution, the Minister-President determines the guidelines of government policy and bears responsibility for it. The eight ministers govern their areas of responsibility independently within these guidelines.

Once a week, the Minister-President meets ministers at a cabinet meeting in the State Chancellery. There, the Cabinet advises on policy issues and decides bills that are then introduced in the state legislature.