The future cabinet of the German chancellor will be younger and more feminine, according to the list of ministers of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) released on Sunday.
The future cabinet of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will be younger and more feminine, according to the list of ministers of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) released Sunday by Merkel and in which she highlights the inclusion of one of the most conspicuous internal critics of the president.
“With this team we can face the tasks of the future (..) It is a good mix of experience and new faces,” Merkel said at the end of a meeting of the Executive of the CDU to finalize details of the congress on Monday in which the group will vote on the reissue of the current grand coalition government with the SPD.
The formation of the new German Government depends, however, on a consultation with the social democratic bases whose results will be announced on March 4. If the “yes” is won, something that is still unclear due to the resistance that persists within the SPD, Merkel could assume her fourth consecutive term in a few days.
If the “no” triumphs, the options would be a minority government of Merkel, to which the foreign minister resists, or the call for elections.
The well-known Spahn
Among the most prominent appointments is that of Jens Spahn, a representative of the most conservative wing of the CDU, 37, who will be the new head of the Ministry of Health.
Spahn caused a stir by demanding last year a law to regulate the activity of mosques and Muslim imams and was seen in Austria along with the young conservative chancellor of the neighboring country, Sebastian Kurz, defender of a restrictive migration policy that contrasts with the of Merkel.
One of the politicians of the inner circle of Merkel, Helge Braun, of 45 years and until now minister of the chancellery, will take the reins of the head of cabinet. Braun helped the president to manage the arrival of more than 1.4 million refugees and migrants to Germany in 2015 and 2016. He will be succeeded by Hendrik Hoppenstedt, 45 years old.
Braun succeeds Peter Altmaier, who will be Minister of Economy. Altmaier currently occupies the Finance portfolio on an interim basis, replacing Wolfgang Schäuble, who assumed the presidency of Parliament.
Another policy very close to Merkel, the current Deputy Minister of Health and president of Christian Democrat women, Annette Widmann-Mauz, will assume the portfolio of Migration, Refugees and Integration that reports directly to the head of government.
Until now Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen, will remain in the portfolio despite criticism from the military for her handling of several scandals in the troop.
The Ministry of Education will be headed by the deputy Anja Karliczek, 46 years old. The leader of the Christian Democrat section of Rhineland-Palatinate, Julia Klöckner, 45 years old and considered one of the great Christian Democratic promises, will be the holder of Food and Agriculture. Monika Grütters, Minister of Culture, will remain in office.
Two figures of weight in the past cabinet, the head of the Interior, Thomas de Maziere, and Health, Hermann Gröhe, will not integrate the new government. “They have not been easy decisions,” admitted the Christian Democrat leader on the departure of two politicians who were loyal for a long time.
All eyes on the “comrades”
While the CDU prepares its congress tomorrow, the leadership of the SPD has redoubled these days its campaign between the militancy in favor of the yes to another grand coalition, after five months of government in office. Both the head of its parliamentary group, Andrea Nahles, who will submit to his election as leader of the SPD in April, and its acting president, Olaf Scholz, have held several meetings to ask for approval of the government pact agreed with Merkel.
The 463,723 affiliates of the SPD are called to a consultation on the government pact, binding, whose result will be released next Sunday, day 4. The result of the consultation is essential for the political future of Nahles, but also for Merkel, since it depends on the social democratic bases that she can obtain a solid majority with which to be invested for a fourth term.
The SPD will not announce the name of its ministers – six, among them Foreign Affairs, Finance and Labor – until after the consultation, as well as the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU), formation twinned with the CDU, to which three ministers will correspond.
Felix Mayer graduated from University of Cologne in 2005. Felix grew up in Canada but moved to Germany for university. Felix has written for several major publications including Buzz Feed and the Huffington Post. Felix is a community reporter and also covers world events.