The Basic Law at 65

On May 23, 1949, the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz), the post-war constitution of the Federal Republic, came into force. Had the law not been changed recently as part of the pensions reforms, the constitution would have reached the general retirement age today. Its first sentence reads: “Human dignity shall be inviolable.” The photo shows Article 1 outside the Frankfurt District Court (Landgericht).

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