Third Merkel cabinet
|Third Angela Merkel Cabinet|
cabinet of Germany
|Date formed||17 December 2013|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Joachim Gauck (until 18 March 2017)
Frank-Walter Steinmeier (since 19 March 2017)
|Head of government||Angela Merkel|
|Member party||Christian Democratic Union
Social Democratic Party of Germany
Christian Social Union of Bavaria
|Status in legislature||Grand coalition|
|Opposition party||The Left
|Election(s)||German federal election, 2013|
|Legislature term(s)||18th legislature of the Bundestag|
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.
The current federal cabinet is composed of the following ministers and their parliamentary state secretaries(deputy ministers):
|Protocol order[a]||Office||Image||Incumbent||Party||In office||Parliamentary State Secretaries (Deputy Ministers)|
|Chancellor||Angela Merkel||CDU||22 November 2005 – present||Minister of State:
Helge Braun (Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor)
Monika Grütters (Commissioner for Culture and the Media)
Aydan Özoğuz (Commissioner for Migrants, Refugees and Integration)
Klaus-Dieter Fritsche (Commissioner for the Federal Intelligence Services)
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
|Sigmar Gabriel||SPD||17 December 2013 – present (as Vice-Chancellor)
27 January 2017 – present (as Minister for Foreign Affairs)
17 December 2013 – 27 January 2017 as Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
|Minister of State:
|Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs||Frank-Walter Steinmeier||SPD||17 December 2013 – 27 January 2017||Minister of State:
|2||Federal Minister of Economics and Energy||Brigitte Zypries||SPD||27 January 2017 – present|
|3||Federal Minister of the Interior||Thomas de Maizière||CDU||17 December 2013 – present|
|4||Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection||Heiko Maas||SPD||17 December 2013 – present|
|5||Federal Minister of Finance||Wolfgang Schäuble||CDU||28 October 2009 – present|
|6||Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs||Andrea Nahles||SPD||17 December 2013 – present|
|7||Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture||Hans-Peter Friedrich||CSU||17 December 2013 – 17 February 2014|
|7||Christian Schmidt||CSU||17 February 2014 – present|
|8||Federal Minister of Defence||Ursula von der Leyen||CDU||17 December 2013 – present|
|9||Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth||Manuela Schwesig||SPD||17 December 2013 – 2 June 2017|
|9||Katarina Barley||SPD||2 June 2017 – present|
|10||Federal Minister of Health||Hermann Gröhe||CDU||17 December 2013 – present|
|11||Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure||Alexander Dobrindt||CSU||17 December 2013 – present||Enak Ferlemann|
|12||Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety||Barbara Hendricks||SPD||17 December 2013 – present||Florian Pronold|
|13||Federal Minister of Education and Research||Johanna Wanka||CDU||14 February 2013 – present|
|14||Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development||Gerd Müller||CSU||17 December 2013 – present||Thomas Silberhorn|
|15||Federal Minister for Special Tasks
Head of the Chancellery
|Peter Altmaier||CDU||17 December 2013 – present|
- The table is initially sorted by the protocol order specified by the German government.
- "Bundeskanzlerin und Bundeskabinett vereidigt" [Federal Chancellor and cabinet sworn in] (in German). Deutscher Bundestag. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- 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.
- de:Kabinett Merkel III
- 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.
- "Kabinettsliste: Das sind Merkels wichtigste Minister" [Cabinet list: These are Merkels most important ministers]. Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- "Live-Blog zur Großen Koalition: Parteivorstand billigt die Kandidatenliste der SPD" [Live blog on the grand coalition: Party executive approves the SPD list of candidates]. Zeit (in German). Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- "Die "Welt" erfährt einige überraschende Personalien" [Die Welt learns some surprising personal details]. Welt (in German). Retrieved 15 December 2013.