Third Merkel cabinet

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Third Angela Merkel Cabinet
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53rd Cabinet of Germany
Angela Merkel (August 2012) cropped.jpg
Date formed 17 December 2013 [1]
People and organizations
Head of government Angela Merkel
Head of state Joachim Gauck
Member party Christian Democratic Union
Social Democratic Party of Germany
Christian Social Union of Bavaria
Status in legislature Grand coalition
Opposition party The Left
The Greens
Election(s) German federal election, 2013
Legislature term(s) 18th legislature of the Bundestag
Previous Merkel II

The incumbent government of Germany, the third cabinet of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, was sworn in on 17 December 2013. Led by Merkel, the government is supported by a coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU), and the Social Democrats (SPD).

The CDU received five ministries in addition to the positions of Chancellor and Chancellery Chief of Staff/Minister for Special Affairs. The SPD controls six ministries and the CSU three. Although the CSU received a disproportionate share of ministries relative to its weight in the Bundestag, the six most powerful ministries were divided equally between the CDU and the SPD: the CDU controls the ministries for finance, internal affairs, and defense, while the SPD controls the ministries for foreign affairs, economics and energy, and justice and consumer protection.[2]

Current Federal Government in the German Bundestag, 2014


The current federal cabinet is composed of the following ministers:

Protocol order[a] Office Image Incumbent Party In office
Chancellor Angela Merkel (August 2012) cropped.jpg Angela Merkel CDU 22 November 2005 – present
1 Vice-Chancellor
Federal Minister of Economics and Energy
Sigmar Gabriel 19Mai2011.jpg Sigmar Gabriel SPD 17 December 2013 – present
2 Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier 20090902-DSCF9761.jpg Frank-Walter Steinmeier SPD 17 December 2013 – present
3 Federal Minister of the Interior OT Berlin 09-13 Thomas de Maizière.jpg Thomas de Maizière CDU 17 December 2013 – present
4 Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Maas Heiko.jpg Heiko Maas SPD 17 December 2013 – present
5 Federal Minister of Finance WSchaeuble.jpg Wolfgang Schäuble CDU 28 October 2009 – present
6 Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles 3.jpg Andrea Nahles SPD 17 December 2013 – present
7 Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Hans-Peter Friedrich.jpg Hans-Peter Friedrich CSU 17 December 2013 – 17 February 2014
7 Christian Schmidt (CSU) 2013.jpg Christian Schmidt CSU 17 February 2014 - present
8 Federal Minister of Defence Von der Leyen 2010.jpg Ursula von der Leyen CDU 17 December 2013 – present
9 Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Manuela Schwesig.jpg Manuela Schwesig SPD 17 December 2013 – present
10 Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe 2010.jpg Hermann Gröhe CDU 17 December 2013 – present
11 Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Unterzeichnung des Koalitionsvertrages der 18. Wahlperiode des Bundestages (Martin Rulsch) 104.jpg Alexander Dobrindt CSU 17 December 2013 – present
12 Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Unterzeichnung des Koalitionsvertrages der 18. Wahlperiode des Bundestages (Martin Rulsch) 141 (cropped).jpg Barbara Hendricks SPD 17 December 2013 – present
13 Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka MWK 2.jpg Johanna Wanka CDU 14 February 2013 – present
14 Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller.JPG Gerd Müller CSU 17 December 2013 – present
15 Federal Minister for Special Tasks
Head of the Chancellery
Peter Altmaier1.JPG Peter Altmaier CDU 17 December 2013 – present
  1. ^ The table is initially sorted by the protocol order specified by the German government.[3]


  1. ^ "Bundeskanzlerin und Bundeskabinett vereidigt" [Federal Chancellor and cabinet sworn in] (in German). Deutscher Bundestag. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Stephan Wallace (April 29, 2014), Commentary: Merkel’s Third Government – Return of the Grand Coalition American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) Washington, D.C.
  3. ^ German Chancellery (20 February 2014). "Liste der Bundesministerinnen und Bundesminister" [List of Federal Ministers]. Protokoll Inland der Bundesregierung Artikel 08.01.2014 (in German). German Federal Ministry of the Interior. Mit Schreiben vom 20. Februar 2014 hat das Bundeskanzleramt die amtliche Reihenfolge der Bundesministerinnen und Bundesminister bekannt gegeben. 

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