Changes in government

The timeline (above) shows the large number of politicians who held the position of German Chancellor between 1919 and 1933.

Under the constitution of the Weimar Republic there would be a president, whose power would be limited by parliament (the Reichstag).

The Weimar Republic used the proportional representation system of voting, which resulted in many parties gaining seats in the Reichstag.

As there was no single party in overall control, parties had to join together to form a government. However, each party wanted different things and the differences between them made it difficult to pass laws. This led to many changes of government.