Joachim Gauck next president


German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has finalised an agreement with opposition parties that Joachim Gauck will become the next country’s next president.

Joachim Gauck is a former anti-communist human rights activist in East German and a co-founder of the New Forum opposition movement which did so much to bring the communist regime down. After the re-unification of Germany he became the first Commissioner for the Stasi archives.

In 2010 Merkel opposed his nomination for the position of president in favour of Christian Wulff who resigned last week following corruption charges.

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