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the german government did not know how to the solve the problems of the depression therefore the weimar republic's government :
failed to deal with the depression
the government was handicaped by being a
coalition government (because of the system of proportional representation) . When the depression began there were 5 parties in the coalition who disagreed on almost every decision .
in particular the coalition government could not agree on
how much unemployment benifit to give jobless people .
what happened in 1930 due to the disagreements in the coalition government
the social demorcrats resigned from the government rather than agree to cut unemployment pay , so now the government could no longer function
no government could command a
majority in the reichstag
who did people blame for the economic depression
mant people especially the middle class had bitter memories of the (include the result of these memories)
hyper inflation that they feared would return again . As a result of this , confidence in the weimar republic fell and people began to turn to extremist groups such as the Nazi's and communists , who promised a way out of these difficulties
the new chancellor , Burning had to govern by :
decree , using president Hindenburgs emergancy powers
Burning tried to overcome the depression by (include the attitude towards these measures)
cutting government spending , cutting the wages of government workers and increasing taxes . these measures were unpopular and when the reichstag tried to stop them the president dismissed it and ordered for elections for a new reichstag
the elections for september 1930 were a disaster for german democracy . the nazis increased their seats from
12 to 107 , communists got 54 seats and social demorcrats lost 10
the depression was a worldwide problem but Germany's reliance on American loans made the problem more serious . the weimar constitution made firm , decisive action by the government very difficult . these factors made it possible for
Hitler to take advantage of the situation , leading to the collapse of the weimar republic
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