German Political VocabularyComplete Word List

German Vocabulary

Learn German Political Vocabulary with us! Dive into our comprehensive list of German words about politics, governments & international relations.

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15.01.2023

German Political Vocabulary

Let's start with some very basic political vocabulary, that you will come across quite a bit here in Germany. While there aren't that many German-English cognates in the world of politics, the word Die Politik istelf is one and means... drumroll 🥁 ... politics 🎉.

GermanEnglish
die Politikpolitics
der/die BundeskanzlerInfederal chancellor
der/die BundespräsidentInfederal president
der/die MinisterInminister
der BundestagGerman parliament

Politics, Government & Administration

GermanEnglish
die Regierunggovernment
das Parlamentparliament
die Wahlelection
Wählenvoting
das Gesetzlaw
die Strategiestrategy
die Regierungadministration
der Haushaltbudget
die Steuerntaxes
die Besteuerungtaxation
das Haushaltsdefizitbudget deficit

Political Parties and Ideologies

words related to political parties and ideologies, such as "communism", "fascism", "socialism", "conservatism", "liberalism"

GermanEnglish
die Parteipolitical party
die Ideologieideology
die Linkeleft-wing
die Rechteright-wing
der Sozialismussocialism
der Kommunismuscommunism
der Kapitalismuscapitalism
der Faschismusfascism

Political Parties

GermanEnglish
die Demokratendemocrats
die Republikanerrepublicans
die Grünengreen party
der Konservativeconservative
der Progressivistprogressive
der Libertärelibertarian

International Relations

words related to relations between countries and international organizations, such as "diplomacy", "alliance", "treaty", "sanctions", "peacekeeping"

GermanEnglish
die internationalen Beziehungeninternational relations
die Diplomatiediplomacy
die Vereinten NationenUnited Nations
die Allianzalliance
der Vertragtreaty
die Botschaftembassy
die Verhandlungnegotiation
die Sanktionsanction
der Terrorismusterrorism
die Menschenrechtehuman rights
die Grenzeborder
die Migrationmigration
der Flüchtlingrefugee
der Handelsabkommentrade agreement

Social Issues

words related to social and economic issues that are often politically debated, such as "income inequality", "taxes", "minimum wage", "healthcare", "education"

GermanEnglish
das gesellschaftliche Problemsocial issue
die Diskriminierungdiscrimination
die Geschlechtergleichheitgender equality
die Rechte von LGBTLGBT rights
die Armutpoverty
die Einkommensungleichheitincome inequality
das Obdachlosseinhomelessness
die Gesundheitsversorgunghealth care
der Umweltschutzenvironmental protection
die Bildungeducation
die positive Diskriminierungaffirmative action
der Mindestlohnminimum wage
die Arbeitslosigkeitunemployment
die rassische Gleichheitracial equality
die Waffenkontrollegun control

Civil Rights and Liberties

words related to individual rights and freedoms, such as "freedom of speech", "privacy", "discrimination", "human rights", "civil rights"

Political Liberties

GermanEnglish
die Freiheitliberty
die Meinungsfreiheitfreedom of speech
die Versammlungsfreiheitfreedom of assembly
die Religionsfreiheitfreedom of religion

Rights & Principles

GermanEnglish
die Bürgerrechte (pl.)civil rights
das Wahlrechtright to vote
das Eigentumsrechtright to own property
das Recht auf ein faires Verfahrenright to a fair trial
der Grundsatzpolicy / principle
der Gleichbehandlungsgrundsatzprinciple to equal treatment
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