Chancellor Angela Merkel named Joachim Gauck, a pro-democracy activist from the former East Germany, as the unity candidate for the mainly ceremonial role of German president after the resignation of the incumbent amid corruption allegations.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s second term ends today as Germany’s lower house of parliament convenes without a new government, as her Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats prepare for coalition talks.
Voters in the Federal Republic of Germany, which was created in 1949 under the Western allies after World War II, go to the polls today to elect members of the 18th Bundestag, or lower house of parliament.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said it will hold exploratory talks with the Social Democrats at the end of the week as each side dug in for the prospect of months of negotiations to form a government.
Germany’s Social Democrats want to strip euro policy making from the Finance Ministry in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s third term, according to three people familiar with the party’s negotiating strategy.