Definition of Terms

Definition of Terms in Europe

Definition of Terms in Germany

Provisions relating to definition of terms in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter One Crimes Against the Peace of Nations; High Treason; Endangering the Democratic State Under the Rule of Lawunder the Fourth Title, Common Provisions,” located in Section 92 Definition of terms, which reads: (1) Within the meaning of this law, a person undermines the continued existence of the Federal Republic of Germany if he causes the end of its freedom from foreign domination, the abolition of its national unity, or the secession of one of its constituent territories. (2) Constitutional principles, within the meaning of this law, shall be the right of the people to exercise state power in elections and ballots and through particular organs of legislative, executive and judicial power and to elect Parliament in general, direct, free, equal and secret elections; 1. the subjection of legislation to the constitutional order and the subjection of the executive and judicial power to law and justice; 2. 3. the right to form and exercise a parliamentary opposition; 4. the possibility of dissolving the government and its responsibility to Parliament; 5. the independence of the courts; and the exclusion of any government 6. by force and arbitrary rule. (3) Within the meaning of this law efforts against the continued existence of the Federal Republic of Germany shall mean efforts by supporters who actually work toward undermining the continued existence of the Federal Republic of Germany (subsection (1) above); 1. efforts against the security of the Federal Republic of Germany shall mean efforts by supporters who actually work toward undermining the external or internal security of the Federal Republic of Germany; 2. efforts against constitutional principles shall mean efforts by supporters who actually work toward abolishing, suspending the application of or undermining a constitutional principle (subsection (2) above).

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  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to definition of terms is current as of 2010

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