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The German constitution

German Basic Law

The constitution ("Grundgesetz") is the basis of our community. The Grundgesetz is Germany’s national constitution. It contains our most important regulations. The Grundgesetz assures that your human dignity will be protected by laws and by the police, among others. It also includes you being able to freely give expression to your own personality, as long as you are not violating the rights of others.

Another important principle is that all people in Germany are equal, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, origin, religion or political beliefs. The police and judges are not allowed to treat you differently based on these attributes and discrimination is not permitted at work or in day-to-day life.

Equality and freedom of religion

Further important components of the Grundgesetz include freedom of religion, freedom of opinion, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. The constitution does not just cover rights, however. There are also obligations which stem from it. The most important of these obligations is to abide by the law, because it is only then that beneficial coexistence is possible.