The sitting German president, Joachim Gauck was a protestant pastor in East Germany before reunification.
Germany's head of state is a largely ceremonial role, with the main task often described as being the "nation's conscience." Joachim Gauck believes in stressing the importance of people and governments actively protecting and defending human rights. He has also advocated that Gerany should take on a more involved role in international politics. All recent DW content pertaining to Gauck is collated below.
Joachim Gauck has embarked on a five-day visit of Japan, likely to be one of his last before retiring. His trip coincides with Germany's ruling coalition agreeing to nominate Foreign Minister Steinmeier as new president.
German President Joachim Gauck has voiced concerns about the prospect of Donald Trump winning the US presidential election. A new poll has also found 77 percent of Germans fear strained US-German relations if Trump wins.