The German Bundesrat
The Bundesrat represents the various “Länder” (or states) of the Federal Republic of Germany and acts as a link between federal government and the states. In this constitutional body the federal states can assert their rights and interests. Through the Bundesrat they participate in federal legislation and administration, as well as in matters concerning the European Union. Since over half of all federal laws can only be enacted with the consent of this body, the Bundesrat has considerable influence on federal legislation.