aa) Government’s responsibility towards Parliament and the people necessarily requires a core area of executive autonomy, which includes a sphere of government initiative, deliberation and action that is generally not subject to investigations. This comprises, for example, the decision-making process of the government itself, both with regard to deliberations within the cabinet as well as the preparation of cabinet and departmental decisions, which primarily takes place in cross-departmental and intra-departmental coordination processes (BVerfGE 67, 100 <139>; 110, 199 <214, 222>; 124, 78 <120>; 131, 152 <210>). The decision-making process of the Federal Government which precedes a specific governmental positioning is a process that depends on different interests, considerations and developments of a national, foreign policy or internal nature. This stage takes place solely within the Federal Government’s sphere, and there is no general constitutional duty to inform the
about it (yet) (cf. BVerfGE 131, 152 <206>). Accordingly, there is generally no duty of the government to satisfy a parliamentary information request if the information could lead to a third party co-governing on decisions that fall within the exclusive competence of the government (BVerfGE 110, 199 <214>; 124, 78 <120 and 121>). Such a risk regularly arises when information is concerned that is obtained during the preparatory stage of governmental decisions when the decision itself has not yet been taken (BVerfGE 110, 199 <214>; 124, 78 <122>). Thus, an element of a political decision as essential as the moment in which the decision is to be taken, could be taken out of the government’s hands if Parliament, prior to this moment, had access to information as to the stages of the government’s preparation of the decision (cf. BVerfGE 110, 199 <214 and 215>).