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The significance of Germany's Basic Law

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Germans are fond of their constitution and value it as a document setting out the nation's key values. While written constitutions in many European states are gradually losing significance, great importance is still afforded to Germany's Constitutional Court, which is based in Karlsruhe. It's rulings not only carry great weight, but also provide a sense of national reassurance while also strengthening Germany's sense of national identity.

Read more: The German constitution: Putting people first

After the end of WWII, many had believed humanity was now on its way into an era characterized by universal values. Just like the states of Europe had come together to create the European Union, some thought the world would soon peacefully unite as one under the umbrella of the United Nations. But today, such an optimistic outlook has become a rare thing. Instead, people everywhere are in search of their true identity, and falling back on bygone cultural, religious and national patterns of co-existence. But societies can get torn apart when some yearn for the past, while others strive for a more diverse future.

National pride is out

The horrors of the German past mean national pride no longer feels appropriate as the basis of a shared German........

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