Parliament and government

Schwerin Castle, probably the prettiest seat of parliament in Germany

Schwerin Castle, probably the prettiest seat of parliament in Germany <p>© Jörn Lehmann</p> Show details

Schwerin Castle

Schwerin Castle, probably the prettiest seat of parliament in Germany <p>© Jörn Lehmann</p>

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.

Re-election of Minister-President Erwin Sellering in the State parliament (Landtag) on the 25th of October 2011, Members of parliament clap their hands <p>© Landtag Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Uwe Balewski</p> Show details

Minister-President Sellering's re-election

Re-election of Minister-President Erwin Sellering in the State parliament (Landtag) on the 25th of October 2011, Members of parliament clap their hands <p>© Landtag Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Uwe Balewski</p>

Minister-President Sellering's re-election

The Minister-President of the state is Erwin Sellering. He has headed a state government consisting of the SPD and CDU parties since 6 October 2008.

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.