Merkel III cabinet

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Merkel III cabinet
23rd Cabinet of the Federal Republic of Germany
Angela Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel
choice 2013
Legislative period 18th
Appointed by Federal President Joachim Gauck
education 17th December 2013
The End March 14, 2018
Duration 4 years and 87 days
predecessor Merkel II cabinet
successor Merkel IV cabinet
Party (s) CDU / CSU, SPD
minister 15th
State Secretaries 33
German Bundestag until 2017:
Opposition leader until 2015: Gregor Gysi ( Die Linke )

from 2015 to 2017: Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch ( Die Linke )

The Merkel III cabinet was the 23rd government cabinet in the Federal Republic of Germany. The 18th German Bundestag , elected on September 22, 2013, was constituted on October 22, 2013 and, in its fourth session on December 17, 2013, elected Angela Merkel, who has been Chancellor since 2005, with 462 votes in favor, 150 against and 9th Abstentions in the first ballot for Federal Chancellor of a grand coalition of CDU / CSU and SPD . Previously, a vote among all members of the SPD had confirmed the coalition agreement with 75.96 percent of the valid votes. Merkel and the federal ministers proposed by her were immediately appointed by the Federal President on December 17, 2013 and sworn in before the Bundestag.

The changed responsibilities of the ministries resulted from the organizational decree of the Federal Chancellor of December 17, 2013 ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 4310 ). Before the federal elections and during the coalition negotiations, the term GroKo established itself in media and everyday language as an abbreviation for Grand Coalition , which was ultimately chosen as word of the year .

On October 24, 2017, one month after the 2017 Bundestag election , the federal government was dismissed by Federal President  Frank-Walter Steinmeier ; she remained in office - for longer than any before - until a new government was appointed on March 14, 2018.


Merkel III Cabinet - December 17, 2013 to October 24, 2017 ( charged with running the business
until March 14, 2018 )
Office or department image Surname Political party Parliamentary state secretaries or state ministers Political party
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Angela Merkel CDU Helge Braun
Reduction of bureaucracy and better regulation, federal-state relations
Monika Grütters
culture and media
Aydan Özoğuz
Migration, Refugees and Integration
Deputy Chancellor
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Sigmar Gabriel SPD
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Frank-Walter Steinmeier
until January 27, 2017
SPD Maria Böhmer
Foreign cultural and educational policy
2017-03-19 Sigmar Gabriel SPD party conference by Olaf Kosinsky-3.jpg
Sigmar Gabriel
from January 27, 2017
Michael Roth
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Thomas de Maizière CDU Günter Krings
Ole Schröder
Justice and consumer protection
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Heiko Maas SPD Ulrich Kelber
Consumer Protection
Christian Lange
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Wolfgang Schäuble
until October 24, 2017
CDU Steffen Kampeter
until July 3, 2015
Michael Meister
Jens Spahn
from July 3, 2015
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Peter Altmaier provisionally
from October 24, 2017
Economy and energy
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Sigmar Gabriel
until January 27, 2017
SPD Uwe Beckmeyer
Maritime Economy
Iris Gleicke
New Federal States, SMEs and Tourism
Brigitte Zypries
until January 27, 2017
Dirk Wiese
from January 27, 2017
2017-03-19 Brigitte Zypries SPD party conference by Olaf Kosinsky-1.jpg
Brigitte Zypries
from January 27, 2017
Work and social
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Andrea Nahles
until September 28, 2017
SPD Anette Kramme
Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller
2017-06-25 Katarina Barley by Olaf Kosinsky-12.jpg
Katarina Barley provisional
from September 28, 2017
Food and Agriculture
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Hans-Peter Friedrich
until February 17, 2014
CSU Peter Bleser
Maria Flachsbarth
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Christian Schmidt
from February 17, 2014
Ursula von der Leyen CDU party conference 2014 by Olaf Kosinsky-6.jpg
Ursula von der Leyen CDU Ralf Brauksiepe
Politics, Planning, Armed Forces Management, Strategy and Operations, Budget and Controlling
Markus Grübel
Equipment, Information Technology and Use, Law, Personnel, Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services
Family, seniors, women and youth
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Manuela Schwesig
until June 2, 2017
SPD Elke Ferner
Caren Marks
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Katarina Barley
from June 2nd, 2017
2016-12-06 Hermann Gröhe CDU party conference by Olaf Kosinsky-6.jpg
Hermann Gröhe CDU Ingrid Fischbach
Annette Widmann-Mauz
Transport and digital infrastructure
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Alexander Dobrindt

until October 24, 2017

CSU Dorothee Bär
Freight Transport and Logistics
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Christian Schmidt provisionally
from October 24, 2017
Enak Ferlemann
Katherina Reiche
until February 4, 2015
Norbert Barthle
from February 11, 2015
Environment, nature conservation, construction and reactor safety
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Barbara Hendricks SPD Florian Pronold
Construction and Urban Development
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter
Nature conservation, climate protection, reactor safety, immission control, environment & health and chemical safety
Education and Research
2015-12-14 Johanna Wanka party conference of the CDU in Germany by Olaf Kosinsky -2.jpg
Johanna Wanka CDU Stefan Müller
Vocational training, key technologies and innovation strategies, energy and climate research
Thomas Rachel
Science System, Universities and Research Organizations, Life Sciences and Research for Health, European and International Cooperation and Budget
economical co-operation and Development
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Gerd Müller CSU Hans-Joachim Fuchtel CDU
Christian Schmidt
until February 17, 2014
Thomas Silberhorn
from February 17, 2014
Federal Minister for Special Tasks and
Head of the Federal Chancellery
2016-12-06 Peter Altmaier CDU party conference by Olaf Kosinsky-9.jpg
Peter Altmaier CDU


On February 14, 2014, Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) announced his resignation from the post of Federal Minister of Agriculture in connection with the scandal surrounding the politician Sebastian Edathy (SPD) from his time as Federal Minister of the Interior. His successor as Federal Minister of Agriculture was the previous Parliamentary State Secretary at the Development Ministry Christian Schmidt (CSU), his successor as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Development Aid Ministry Thomas Silberhorn (CSU).

There was a major reshuffle of the cabinet on January 27, 2017: Frank-Walter Steinmeier resigned from his position as Foreign Minister in order to be elected Federal President on February 12, 2017. The previous Minister of Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, took over his post as Foreign Minister, and the previous Parliamentary State Secretary from the Ministry and former Minister of Justice Brigitte Zypries as the new Minister of Economic Affairs.

On June 2, 2017, Manuela Schwesig resigned from her position as Federal Minister for Family Affairs in order to take over the office of Prime Minister from Erwin Sellering in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania . Her successor was the previous General Secretary of the SPD , Katarina Barley .

On September 28, 2017, Labor Minister Andrea Nahles left the cabinet to take over the chairmanship of the SPD parliamentary group in the newly elected Bundestag; the Ministry of Labor was also temporarily taken over by Katarina Barley for the remaining term of the cabinet.

In the constituent session of the 19th German Bundestag on October 24, 2017, Wolfgang Schäuble was elected President of the Bundestag. He resigned from the office of Federal Minister of Finance, which was taken over by Peter Altmaier as managing director. At the same time, Alexander Dobrindt gave up his post as Federal Minister of Transport in order to concentrate on his duties as chairman of the CSU regional group and as chief negotiator of the CSU (alongside Horst Seehofer ) in the coalition negotiations. Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt temporarily took over his role .

Image of the government

Merkel III cabinet in the German Bundestag , 2014 (excluding Peter Altmaier and Heiko Maas )


According to a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation , 79 percent of the 188 specific agreements in the coalition agreement of 2013 were fully or partially implemented.

Web links

Commons : Kabinett Merkel III  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ German Bundestag: Plenary Protocol 18/4 , of December 17, 2013
  2. ^ Dismissal of the federal government. Office of the Federal President, October 24, 2017, accessed on October 25, 2017 .
  3. Change of position: Federal President dismisses Andrea Nahles from the government . In: Spiegel Online . September 28, 2017 ( [accessed March 10, 2019]).
  4. www.schwarzelü
  5. Agriculture Minister Friedrich resigns ( Memento from February 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), , February 14, 2014
  6. Friedrich's successor: State Secretary Schmidt becomes the new Minister of Agriculture. In: February 17, 2014, accessed December 7, 2014 .
  7. State Secretary Schmidt becomes the new Minister of Agriculture. In: Spiegel Online. February 17, 2014, accessed December 2, 2014 .
  8. ^ Federal President dismisses Andrea Nahles from the government. In: Spiegel Online. September 28, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2017 .
  9. ^ Dismissal of the Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs. Office of the Federal President, September 28, 2017, accessed on September 28, 2017 .
  10. Katarina Barley. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on February 7, 2019 ; accessed on March 10, 2019 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  11. Peter Altmaier is the Managing Minister of Finance. In: Federal Ministry of Finance. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 24, 2017 .
  13. Federal Government: Ministry of Transport could get a new shape. In: October 19, 2017. Retrieved October 22, 2017 .
  14. February 24, 2018