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Germany’s Goverment

Die deutsche Bundesregierung

Angela Merkel’s Cabinet

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Die Bundesregierung (Kabinett)
The German Government (Cabinet)

Angela Merkel (CDU) was elected to the position of Bundeskanzlerin (chancellor) by the German parliament on Nov. 22, 2005. Her new 14-member cabinet (das Kabinett), nine of whom are new, consists of eight ministers from the Social Democratic Party (SPD), four ministers from her own Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and two from the Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU's sister party in Bavaria. Her new Kanzleramtschef (head of the chancellor's office) is Thomas de Maizière (CDU), who like Merkel herself comes from eastern Germany.

Each cabinet member is listed with his/her age at the time of assuming office, party affiliation (SPD, CDU/CSU), and ministry office in English and German.

Franz Müntefering (65), SPD (Labor and Social Affairs, Vice-Chancellor - Arbeit und Vizekanzler)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier (49), SPD (Foreign Minister - Auswärtiges Amt)

Wolfgang Schäuble (63), CDU (Interior - Innenminister)

Brigitte Zypries (52), SPD (Justice - Justiz)

Peer Steinbrück (58), SPD (Finance - Finanzen)

Michael Glos (60), CSU (Economics and Technology - Wirtschaft und Technologie)

Franz Josef Jung (56), CDU (Defense - Verteidigung)

Ursula von der Leyen (47), CDU (Family Matters - Familie)

Ulla Schmidt (56), SPD (Health - Gesundheit)

Sigmar Gabriel (46), SPD (Environment - Umwelt)

Annette Schavan (50), CDU (Education, Innovation and Research - Bildung)

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (63), SPD (Development Aid - Entwicklungshilfe)

Wolfgang Tiefensee (50), SPD (Transport and Eastern Germany - Verkehr und Aufbau Ost)

Horst Seehofer (56), CSU (Consumer Protection and Agriculture - Verbraucher und Agrar)

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