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The parliamentary groups are the bearers of the political opinion-forming process. This is where political questions are discussed and the policy of the parliamentary groups are laid down. The sessions - particularly those of the big parliamentary groups - are prepared by special working groups.
According to article 79 paragraph 2 of the Land constitution, members of Parliament are not bound by orders and instructions. Nevertheless, members of the same parliamentary group vote almost always unanimously for or against any motion. This obligation to vote in line with party policy is a consequence of the parliamentary system of government. In order to have a stable government, the majority in Parliament has to back it - at least in public, whereas the opposition has to critizise it.