Merkel I cabinet

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Merkel I cabinet
21. Cabinet of the Federal Republic of Germany
Angela Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel
choice 2005
Legislative period 16.
Appointed by Federal President Horst Köhler
education November 22, 2005
The End October 28, 2009
Duration 3 years and 340 days
predecessor Schröder II cabinet
successor Merkel II cabinet
Party (s) CDU / CSU, SPD
minister 16
State Secretaries 29
German Bundestag
Opposition leader Wolfgang Gerhardt ( FDP ) until April 30, 2006

Guido Westerwelle ( FDP ) from May 1, 2006

The Merkel I cabinet was the German federal government in office from November 22, 2005 to October 28, 2009 in the 16th legislative period . The basis for the work of this government was the coalition agreementTogether for Germany. With courage and humanity. "


Merkel I Cabinet - November 22, 2005 to October 27, 2009 ( charged with running the business until October
28, 2009 )
Office photo Surname Political party Parliamentary State Secretary
or Minister of State
Political party
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Angela Merkel CDU Maria Böhmer
Bernd Neumann
Hildegard Müller
until September 30, 2008
Hermann Gröhe
from October 1, 2008
Deputy Chancellor
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Franz Müntefering
until November 21, 2007
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Frank-Walter Steinmeier
from November 21, 2007
Foreign Frank-Walter Steinmeier Gernot Erler
Günter Gloser
Wolfgang Schäuble CDU Peter Altmaier
Christoph Bergner
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Brigitte Zypries SPD Alfred Hartenbach SPD
Peer Steinbruck SPD Karl Diller
Barbara Hendricks
until November 16, 2007
Nicolette Kressl
from November 17, 2007
Economy and technology
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Michael Glos
until February 10, 2009
CSU Peter Hintze
Hartmut Schauerte
Dagmar Wöhrl
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Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
from February 10, 2009
Work and social
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Franz Müntefering
until November 21, 2007
SPD Franz Thönnes
Gerd Andres until November 21, 2007 Klaus Brandner from November 21, 2007

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Olaf Scholz
from November 21, 2007
Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Horst Seehofer
until October 27, 2008
CSU Gerd Müller
until October 27, 2008
from November 1, 2008
Peter Paziorek
until September 1, 2007
Ursula Heinen
from September 7, 2007
to October 27, 2008
from November 1, 2008


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Ilse Aigner
from October 31, 2008
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Franz Josef Jung CDU Christian Schmidt
Friedbert Pflüger
until October 27, 2006
Thomas Kossendey
from October 27, 2006

Family, seniors, women and youth
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Ursula von der Leyen CDU Hermann Kues CDU
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Ulla Schmidt SPD Marion Caspers-Merk
Rolf Schwanitz
Transport, construction and urban development
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Wolfgang Tiefensee SPD Achim Großmann
Ulrich Kasparick
Karin Roth
Environment, nature conservation and reactor safety
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Sigmar Gabriel SPD Astrid Klug
Michael Müller
Education and Research
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Annette Schavan CDU Thomas Rachel
Andreas Storm
economical co-operation and Development
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Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul SPD Karin Kortmann SPD
Federal Minister for Special Tasks
and Head of the Federal Chancellery
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Thomas de Maizière CDU

Personnel identification process before the beginning of the legislative period

After the exploratory talks between the CDU / CSU and the SPD after the general election in 2005 it became apparent that both sides were giving priority to a grand coalition over all other options, the SPD announced on Thursday, October 13, 2005, which politicians they wanted provided for eight ministries to which it was entitled. The list of proposals for the seven ministries to be filled by the Union parties was published on Monday, October 17, 2005. On the same day, coalition negotiations between the CDU / CSU and the SPD began, which were scheduled to last four weeks.

On October 31, 2005, Franz Müntefering announced his withdrawal from the SPD party leadership; his entry into the planned cabinet was not affected. One day later, Edmund Stoiber announced that he would remain as Prime Minister in Bavaria , since the resignation of the SPD chairman changed the “business basis” and his demands to take over competencies from the Ministry of Science and Research had not been sufficiently addressed. Instead, Michael Glos was named as Minister of Economic Affairs.

On November 11, 2005, the CDU, CSU and SPD agreed on a coalition agreement that describes the political goals and content of the black-red coalition. This was accepted by a large majority at party congresses of the CDU, CSU and SPD on November 14, 2005, and signed on November 18, 2005 in a simple ceremony in the Paul-Löbe-Haus . After Angela Merkel had been elected Chancellor by 397 votes in the Bundestag on the morning of November 22, 2005, the ministers of her federal government were sworn in on the afternoon of the same day.


On October 27, 2006, Thomas Kossendey was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense. In this office he succeeded Friedbert Pflüger, who had switched to Berlin state politics as leader of the opposition .

The former parliamentary state secretary Peter Paziorek gave up his post to take over the office of district president of the Münster district government.

On November 13, 2007, Franz Müntefering surprisingly announced his resignation as Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs and Vice Chancellor. Olaf Scholz became his successor as Labor Minister on November 21, 2007 , while Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier became Vice Chancellor.

On October 7, 2008, Federal Consumer Protection Minister Seehofer was nominated for the office of Bavarian Prime Minister. On October 27, 2008, he was elected Bavarian Prime Minister in the Bavarian State Parliament after he had resigned as Federal Minister. On October 31, 2008, Ilse Aigner was appointed by the Federal President as Seehofer's successor.

After Michael Glos announced his retirement as Federal Minister of Economics on February 7, 2009, the CSU Chairman Horst Seehofer and Chancellor Angela Merkel initially refused. Only on the following day did Seehofer and Merkel agree to their immediate resignation. On February 10, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was appointed by the Federal President as the new Federal Minister for Economics and Technology and was sworn in on February 12. At the meeting of the newly elected Bundestag on October 27, 2009, the ministers received their certificates of dismissal from Federal President Horst Köhler , but were given the task of continuing official business until a new federal government was formed . This took place one day later on October 28th.

See also

Web links

Commons : Kabinett Merkel I  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Müntefering shocks coalition and party . Spiegel Online , November 13, 2007