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's life has been intertwined with several important chapters in the country's history. Like Chancellor Merkel, the outgoing president hails from the east. Unlike her, Gauck is known for speaking his mind.
In his annual Christmas address to the nation, German President Joachim Gauck has said that anger and rage at terrorism must not turn into hatred and violence. He called instead for good judgment and attention.