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Stressed vowel length and/or separability: Bụndes·rat

Translation of Bundesrat in English:

  • 2 (Austrian) (Swiss)
    Federal Council
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Cultural Note: Bundesrat

This is the upper house of the German parliamentary system, where the Länder are represented. The Bundesrat members are appointed by the Länder governments. The Bundesrat has to approve laws affecting the Länder, and also any changes to the Grundgesetz Sometimes the opposition parties actually hold a majority in the Bundesrat, which allows them to influence German legislation.

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