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.
A center for chamber music, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the new Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin's concert-space-in-the-round has started its public life with a 3-hour concert. President Gauck was in attendance.
The outgoing German president has stressed a commitment to the Baltics amid concerns over Russian territorial ambitions. His likely successor, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has been more restrained in criticizing Moscow.
Germany's president has urged Europe to take a clear stance against Trump's entry ban for citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. He said the order was "incompatible" with the European values of human dignity.
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.