Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Off-Topic > Off-Topic > International affairs/politics  
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 20.02.2012, 02:22
Wollishofener's Avatar
Forum Legend
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Glattbrugg
Posts: 18,978
Groaned at 332 Times in 257 Posts
Thanked 11,715 Times in 6,858 Posts
Wollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond reputeWollishofener has a reputation beyond repute
Joachim Gauk to be the new German Federal PresidentGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel ha

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she backs Joachim Gauck, a pastor and former East German rights activist, to be the country's next president.
Mr Gauck was proposed by the opposition Social Democrats and Greens after Christian Wulff quit as president on Friday over corruption allegations.
Mrs Merkel opposed Mr Gauck for the presidency in 2010, instead supporting her ally Mr Wulff.
Germany's president has a largely ceremonial, but influential, role.
With the backing of all the major parties, Mr Gauck's election to the position next month should be a formality.
In 2010, he was the presidential candidate of the Social Democrats and Greens, but lost to Mr Wulff.
The 72-year-old Mr Gauck is well known for his work as a dissident in East Germany and for running the archives on the Stasi secret police after the Berlin Wall came down, exposing its crimes.
Moral authority Mrs Merkel confirmed her backing for Mr Gauck at a news conference in the Chancellery after a meeting with representatives from her centre-right government and the opposition.
"Let's not forget that we have churchmen like Gauck to thank for the success of East Germany's peaceful revolution," she said.
Mrs Merkel is herself the daughter of a Protestant pastor and, like Mr Gauck, grew up in the former East Germany.
"This man can provide an important impetus for the challenges of our time and the future," she said.
The president's role is largely ceremonial, to serve as a moral authority for the nation.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
is it normal for beginner German class to ONLY be in German? caninsui Language corner 41 06.02.2011 10:50
Prince Joachim of Belgium to the army..in pink pants Joey82 International affairs/politics 0 16.11.2010 23:55
ha ha idiot thinks he beat the death penalty is killed bigblue2 General off-topic 7 19.03.2010 11:02
Heya guys! Mid twenties girl new to Zug...Lucky me! ha Brentwood1 Introductions 33 20.07.2009 18:35

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:26.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0