Fourth Merkel cabinet
|Fourth Merkel cabinet|
cabinet of Germany
|Date formed||14 March 2018|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Frank-Walter Steinmeier|
|Head of government||Angela Merkel|
|Member party||Christian Democratic Union|
Social Democratic Party
Christian Social Union in Bavaria
|Status in legislature||Grand coalition|
|Opposition party||Alternative for Germany|
Free Democratic Party
|Opposition leader||Alice Weidel|
|Election(s)||German federal election, 2017|
|Legislature term(s)||19th Bundestag|
The fourth cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel is the current government of Germany, sworn in on 14 March 2018 after Merkel was proposed as Chancellor by President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and elected on the first ballot. It is the 24th cabinet of Germany (Federal Republic).
The cabinet consists of Chancellor Angela Merkel and fifteen Federal Ministers. Fourteen ministers head a department, one member of the cabinet, the Chief of Staff of the Chancellery, will be a Federal Minister for Special Affairs without a portfolio. CDU has 7 positions, SPD has 6, and CSU has 3, as follows:
- Some Parliamentary Secretaries of State get awarded the honorary title Staatsminister (StMin, English: Minister of State) in order to underline the importance of their scope of work. Nevertheless, this does not give them any additional powers.
2018 government crisis
In June 2018, a government crisis erupted within the cabinet between the Minister of the Interior and chairman of the CSU Horst Seehofer and the chancellor Angela Merkel, after Seehofer had elaborated a masterplan on asylum policies, containing the rejection of asylum seekers already registered in other EU countries. Seehofer threatened to resign over the crisis on 1 July, but an agreement was made between the CDU/CSU sister parties on 2 July.
- "Bundestag wählt die Kanzlerin am 14. März" [Bundestag elects the Chancellor on 14 March] (in German). Deutscher Bundestag. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
- based on Artikel 60 III of the Basic Law: Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany. Wikisource. (full text)
- German Chancellery (15 March 2018). "Liste der Bundesministerinnen und Bundesminister" [List of Federal Ministers]. Protokoll Inland der Bundesregierung (in German). German Federal Ministry of the Interior. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018.
- German government crisis: What are Merkel's options?, Reuters, 2 July 2018
- Chancellor Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer agree on a migration compromise, Deutsche Welle, 2 July 2018