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.
Social Democrat (SPD) chief Sigmar Gabriel wants to see Protestant theologian Margot Käßmann in the running to be Joachim Gauck's successor, German media has reported. The new president will be elected in February, 2017.