Ronald Pofalla was the boss of Angela Merkel's Kanzleramt during her last term in government. But now he is making the switch to business. It is rumored he will become Deutsche Bahn's chief lobbyist. That has prompted criticism.
Although the German government is clearly oriented toward the West, Germany often plays the mediator with Russia, and business interests also encourage tight connections. DW looks at Russia's best friends in Germany.
Over 40 percent are women, but few ministers hail from the East or a migrant family: DW takes a closer look at the demographics of Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government.
Germany's grand coalition is not expected to do anything to tame the powerful business lobby. That much was underlined by Angela Merkel's decision to appoint a former pharmaceutical lobbyist as her new health minister.
Free Democrats leader Christian Lindner has offered to prop up a minority government led by Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. But the former kingmaker also predicted that such an arrangement wouldn't last very long.
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