March 12, 2018 By FTI Consulting
Six months after the general elections, the new team of ministers to support Chancellor Angela Merkel is complete as CDU, CSU and SPD announced their candidates. Take a look at the full cabinet:
|Chancellery of Germany: Angela Merkel
Current position: Chancellor of Germany
Previous: Federal Minister of Women and Youth (1991-1994); Federal Minister of Environment (1994-1998); Chairwoman of CDU/CSU Bundestag faction (2002-2005); Party Leader of the CDU since 2000; Chancellor of Germany since 2005
|Head of Chancellery: Dr Helge Braun
Current position: State Minister at the Chancellery (since 2013)
Previous: Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (2009-2013); Member of Bundestag between 2002 and 2005 and since 2009.
About: Braun, a medical doctor, is largely unknown to the public, but he is considered efficient, reliable and loyal by the Chancellor. He earned Angela Merkel’s trust during the refugee crisis as a discreet and disciplined worker.
|Federal Ministry of Defence: Ursula von der Leyen
Current position: Federal Minister of Defence (since 2013)
Previous: Minister in the state government of Lower Saxony (2003-2005); Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizen, Women and Youth (2009); Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (2009-2013); Member of Bundestag since 2009
About: Von der Leyen is highly controversial within the German armed forces. She will remain on this post to continue urgent reform, but is clearly a star on the decline even in her CDU party.
|Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy: Peter Altmaier
Current position: Head of Chancellery (since 2013) and acting Minister of Finance (since 2017)
Previous: Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior (2005-2009); Federal Minister for the Environment (2012-2013); Member of Bundestag since 1994.
About: Altmaier is one of Merkel’s closest confidants. As Head of Chancellery, he was not only charged with managing the refugee crisis, but he also played a key role in Merkel’s latest election campaign. Altmaier is known for his negotiation skills, his loyalty and stoic calmness. Now, it is on him to strengthen the Economic Ministry as one of the last key-ministries remaining to Merkel’s CDU.
|Federal Ministry of Health: Jens Spahn
Current position: Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance (since 2013)
Previous: Member of Bundestag since 2002
About: Spahn is one of the harshest opponents of Merkel’s current policy. His nomination was considered as tactical move by Merkel to ‘appease’ critics in the CDU. He is a rising star within the CDU.
|Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture: Julia Klöckner
Current position: Head of CDU in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate
Previous: Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (2009); Member of Bundestag between 2002 and 2011.
About: The days in which Julia Klöckner has been traded as Merkel’s possible successor are over, but she still is the darling of every CDU party convention. Now the former wine queen is to take over the agriculture ministry.
|Federal Ministry of Education and Research: Anja Karliczek
Current position: Member of Bundestag since 2013.
Previous: Parliamentary Chairwoman of CDU/CSU (since 2017)
About: The nomination of Anja Karliczek came as a great surprise. Only since 2013 a Member of Bundestag and without any link whatsoever to research and education, nobody expected her to be appointed minister.
|Federal Ministry of the Interior: Horst Seehofer
Current position: Minister President of Bavaria, CSU Party Chairman
Previous: Parliamentary Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (1989-1992); Federal Minister of Health (1992-1998); Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture (2005-2008); Member of Bundestag between 1980 and 2008.
About: Seehofer is a long lasting and highly influential political figure in Germany. He calls for a restrictive political line concerning refugees. He wants to put a focus on “inherently” German customs and traditions. Thus, the Federal Ministry of the Interior will also deal with issues linked to those cultural aspects.
|Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure: Andreas Scheuer
Current position: CSU Secretary General
Previous: Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (2009-2013); Member of the Bundestag since 2002.
About: Scheuer is known as a conservative politician critical about migrants and refugees. He is not known for his “political correctness”.
|Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development: Dr Gerd Müller
Current position: Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development
Previous: Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (2005-2013); Member of the European Parliament (1989-1994); Member of the Bundestag since 1994.
About: “I fight for the job” said Müller on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, and his persistence paid off.
|State Minister for Digitalization: Dorothee Bär
Current position: CSU Deputy Chairman, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Previous: Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (2013-2017); Member of the Bundestag since 2002.
About: Bär made a name for herself as digital ambassador at the Transport Ministry. Technically she is not a full minister but her appointment to the Chancellery is a clear signal that digitization is a priority to Angela Merkel.
|Federal Ministry of Finance: Olaf Scholz
Current Position: Mayor of the city of Hamburg.
Previous: Federal Minster of Labour and Social Affairs (2007-2009); Member of the Bundestag between 1998 and 2011; SPD deputy party head
About: As Finance Minister, Scholz will return to Berlin which he left to become Mayor of the City-State if Hamburg. He is a pragmatic modernist with little international experience.
|Federal Foreign Office: Heiko Maas
Current position: Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection (since 2013)
Previous: Deputy Minister-President of Saarland (2012-2013); Saarland Minister for the Economy, Labour, Energy and Transport (2012-2013); Saaraland Minister for the Environment, Energy and Transport of Saarland (1998-1999)
|Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affiars: Hubertus Heil
Current position: Deputy Chairman of SPD Bundestag faction
Previous: Between 2005 and 2009 and 2017 (interim) SPD Secretary General; Member of SPD Party Executive since 2011
About: With about €130 Billion to spend, Heil will run the ministry with the highest budget. He is a pragmatic modernist.
|Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: Dr Franziska Giffey
Current position: District Mayor in Berlin Neukölln (since 2013)
Previous: District City Councilor of Berlin-Neukölln (2010-2015)
About: After the unexpected nomination of Karliczek as new Federal Minister of Giffey is another surprise nominee who will join the government without any experiences on federal level.
|Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: Katarina Barley
Current position: Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Previous: SPD Secretary General (2015-2017); Member of the Bundestag since 2013.
About: As German-British lawyer, judge and government legal advisor with an international CV, Barley is clearly qualified for the job as Justice Minister.
|Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Building Nuclear Safety: Svenja Schulze
Current position: Secretary General of SPD Nordrhein-Westfalen
Previous: Minister of Innovation, Science and Research in Nordrhein-Westfalen (2010-2017); Member of the Nordrhein-Westfalen State Parliament (1997-2000; since 2004).
About: Schulze has to gain prominence on the national level and will succeed Barbara Hendricks and has been described as generalist with little knowledge on environment policies.