Up to now, Detlef Wetzel has worked behind the scenes, but now he's in the spotlight. He has taken over as the new chairman of IG Metall, Germany's biggest and most powerful trade union. He's someone Chancellor Angela Merkel - and all the other party bosses and lobbyists, as well - need to know. His union swings lots of political and economic clout.
Claudia Laszczak observed the union chief on his big day. She was on hand for the election of IG Metall's new chairman.