German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning Invokes Article 48 of Weimar Constitution Hot

German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning Invokes Article 48 of Weimar Constitution

German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning
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German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning invokes Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution in order to force passage of a financial reform bill.

Article 48 allows Brüning to rule by decree rather than having to get the consent of the Reichstag or wait for the Reichstag to pass a law.

In 1933 Adolf Hitler will use the same Article 48 to establish the Nazi dictatorship over Germany.

A primary problem with Article 48 is that there is no definition of what qualifies as an "emergency" that would justify its use, though on the other hand the Reichstag does have the power to cancel any emergency decrees with a simple majority vote.

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