Germany’s Merkel welcomes third Term
by FFE EU News Staff
The grand coalition parliament has just voted Angela Merkel as Germany’s chancellor. This is her third term as head of the German government.
The Christian Democratic Union and ally Christian Social Union and the Social Democrats (SPD) elected Merkel to the seat by 462 votes versus 150 votes against and nine abstentions. Merkel’s win was the result of SPD’s approval of the coalition deal last month, which includes the new nationwide minimum wage of €8.5 per hour by 2015 and other measures.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso congratulated Merkel on her re-election, saying it ‘constitutes both an endorsement of your past efforts and a signal of confidence for the coming years.’ He added that he looked forward to working with the German government in its efforts to counter the Eurozone crisis. German’s stance on fiscal discipline amid the crisis is expected to remain under the new government.
After her confirmation in the German lower house (Bundestag), Merkel said ‘I accept the election result and thank you for your trust.’ As for the new cabinet line-up, some names that have been forwarded are Wolfgang Schaeuble for Finance, Ursula von der Leyen for Defence, Thomas de Maiziere for Interior, Sigmar Gabriel for Economy and Frank-Walter Steinmeier for Foreign Affairs.