Angela Merkel's chief election campaign manager Hermann Gröhe is determined to get the CDU re-elected in September.
Incoming German Family Minister Franziska Giffey is typical of the fresh new faces in the government. Although not experienced at the national level, she's down-to-earth, female and, above all, young.
After Germany's Social Democrats finally gave in to the lure of another government coalition, Chancellor Angela Merkel can now start appointing her Cabinet. And she is already facing discontent from her own party.
Martin Schulz's Social Democrats are negotiating a new "grand coalition" with Merkel's conservatives. He reportedly told SPD colleagues he will seek a ministerial post, despite previously ruling out such a move.
At school, Jens Spahn said he aimed to become chancellor one day. At 22, he won a seat in Germany's parliament. Today, critics of Angela Merkel's centrist approach in the CDU are pinning their hopes on the 37-year-old.
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