65th Anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany

Konrad Adenauer signs the Basic Law as President of the Parliamentary Council Enlarge image Konrad Adenauer signs the Basic Law as President of the Parliamentary Council (© picture-alliance/ dpa)

The 65th Anniversary of the Founding of the Federeal Republic of Germany will be celebrated on the 23rd of May 2014. The solemn signing of the German Constitution (Grundgesetz) in May 1949 marks the birth of the Federal Republic.

On the 1st of July 1948, the three Western Allies France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America consigned the eleven prime ministers of the West German federal states to elaborate a constitution. Hereupon, on the 1st of September 1948, a parliamentary council chaired by Konrad Adenauer met in Bonn drafting a, at first only designed to be provisional, constitution in the following months. With its entry into force on the 24th of May 1949, the Grundgesetz provided the basis for the creation of a federal state with a democratic parliament and the system of separation of powers. Up until today, it constitutes the pillar of political, social and even economic development within the Federal Republic.

Here you can find further background information (German) on the founding of the Federal Republic:

http://www.bundestag.de/dokumente/textarchiv/2014/kalenderblatt/279526

In celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the German Constitution, there are three commemorations taking place. You can find further information (German) on these events here:

http://www.bundestag.de/dokumente/textarchiv/2014/gedenkstunden/276980