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Nominally, ministers are NOT under the authority of a PM, and things get even more interesting if there is a cohabitation between a President and a government in a country. At any rate, I take this provision to mean that whoever wants to make such a request, it has to be the Council of the bosses that gives the approval.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 10:09:19 AM EST
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The German Chancellor might take any question and decide it in lieu of the minister (Richtlinienkompetenz, Art. 65 Satz 1 GG). Whether he effectively can is, of course, another question.  

Generally speaking, collegiality seems to be on the retreat, except in Switzerland. E.g., the weight of the numerous British ministers seems to be rather light, and decreasing. And, last but not least, the US gouvernment is really monocratic, and has, for all intents and purposes, no ministers at all.

Nobody cares for the [quality of the] administration any more.

by Humbug (mailklammeraffeschultedivisstrackepunktde) on Mon Jun 16th, 2008 at 06:27:05 PM EST
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