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The inherent weakness of the Weimar Constitution.

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HWK Notes. The Inherent Weakness of the Weimar Constitution. * Every seven years a president was elected in Germany.When elected, the president had a number of responsibilities. He had the supreme control over the army. * The President had a power to change and overrule any law and generally control the German people by eg.taking or giving then rights. The President was know to be the most powerful person in the structure of the Weimar Republic. This is mainly because nobody could overrule him at any possible decisions that he made or be removed from his position. Political factors generally did not affect his position. ...read more.

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The Reichstag played a bigl role in the Weimar Republic. Decisions could not be taken in action without there approval. They had more power than the Chancellor who they could replace if they lost confidence in him. Policies and laws were made in by there decisions. * The Reichsrat was formed to represent the seventeen German states in matters such as law making and administration of the Reich. It was an assembly where sixty-seven representatives of the German states had the right of their opinion and could advise against laws and bring about ideas they saw was benefited the German people. However the Reichsrat could not enable any ideas without the Reichstag aproving to them. ...read more.

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(From a speech by Hugo Preuss , a liberal lawyer who headed the commission that drew up the Weimar Constitution.) K. Fisher said: "it was doubtful whether such a democratic constitution could work in the hands of a people who were not psychologically nor historically prepared for self-government" * The Weimar constitution worked in a certain way that brought about a number of weaknesses. First the representatives of the states and therefore of the people should be able to have a more important role in the constitution. The president was given to much power, and in a way the fact that the Chancellor, the Reichstag, The Reichsrat the whole system was under him and not beside him was a weakness that cannot be passed by. However strong it might have seemed the 'roots' were weak. ...read more.

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