Parliament and government

Schwerin Castle, presumably the most beautiful 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 Minister-President and oversees the state government and its administration. The seat of the parliament is Schwerin Castle, presumably the most beautiful 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. She was elected as head of government by the Landtag on 4 July 2017, after her predecessor, Erwin Sellering, resigned from office for health reasons. Manuela Schwesig heads the state’s coalition government, which consists of the parties SPD and CDU.

In accordance with the state constitution, the Minister-President determines the guidelines of government policy and is responsible for monitoring compliance with these guidelines. Furthermore, the eight ministers conduct the affairs of their respective departments independently in keeping with the guidelines.

Once a week, the Minister-President holds a cabinet meeting with the ministers at the State Chancellery. At these meetings, the Cabinet discusses fundamental political issues and decides on legislative proposals to be brought before the parliament (Landtag).