Problems Facing The Weimar Republic

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During the first four years of demcratic rule in Germany, the new Weimar Republic faced many problems and opposition, as the people of Germany were beginning to come to terms with one of the greatest political changes in their history.

When the constitution for the new Weimar Government first became effective in August 1919, there were already critics of it's content. This caused immediate problems for the Republic - not only did the criticism highlight flaws in their constitution, but primarily signalled a relationship with some of the public that was poor from the start.

People criticised the Republic for giving too much power to the President. He had the power to appoint and dismiss the Reich Government, and could dissolve the Reichstag. Under Article 48, he could also proclaim a national state of emergency, which effectively gave him totalitarian rule over the country. Some believed that this power was too signifiacant. In addition, he was also elected for seven years, and was not allowed to stay on for a fyrther term after that. This not only meant that if a president was unnsuccessful

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