Third Merkel cabinet

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Third Angela Merkel Cabinet
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cabinet of Germany
Angela Merkel Juli 2010 - 3zu4.jpg
Date formed 17 December 2013[1]
Date dissolved 2017
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
The Greens
Election(s) German federal election, 2013
Legislature term(s) 18th legislature of the Bundestag
Predecessor Merkel II
Successor Merkel IV

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.[2]

Current Federal Government in the German Bundestag, 2014


The current federal cabinet is composed of the following ministers and their parliamentary state secretaries[3](deputy ministers):

Protocol order[a] Office Image Incumbent Party In office Parliamentary State Secretaries (Deputy Ministers)
Chancellor Angela-Merkel-2014.jpg 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)
State Secretary:
Klaus-Dieter Fritsche (Commissioner for the Federal Intelligence Services)
1 Vice-Chancellor
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
2015-12 Sigmar Gabriel SPD Bundesparteitag by Olaf Kosinsky-63.jpg 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:
Maria Böhmer
Michael Roth
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier Feb 2014 (cropped).jpg Frank-Walter Steinmeier SPD 17 December 2013 – 27 January 2017 Minister of State:
Maria Böhmer
Michael Roth
2 Federal Minister of Economics and Energy WLP14-ri-0279- Brigitte Zypries (SPD).jpg Brigitte Zypries SPD 27 January 2017 – present
3 Federal Minister of the Interior Unterzeichnung des Koalitionsvertrages der 18. Wahlperiode des Bundestages (Martin Rulsch) 142.jpg Thomas de Maizière CDU 17 December 2013 – present
4 Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection 2017-03-26 Heiko Maas by Sandro Halank–4.jpg Heiko Maas SPD 17 December 2013 – present
5 Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schaeuble 02.jpg Wolfgang Schäuble CDU 28 October 2009 – present
6 Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Unterzeichnung des Koalitionsvertrages der 18. Wahlperiode des Bundestages (Martin Rulsch) 110 (cropped).jpg Andrea Nahles SPD 17 December 2013 – present
7 Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Hans-Peter Friedrich 2012.jpg Hans-Peter Friedrich CSU 17 December 2013 – 17 February 2014
7 Christian Schmidt (CSU) 2011.jpg Christian Schmidt CSU 17 February 2014 – present
8 Federal Minister of Defence Von der Leyen 2010.jpg Ursula von der Leyen CDU 17 December 2013 – present
9 Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Manuela Schwesig 6204033.jpg Manuela Schwesig SPD 17 December 2013 – 2 June 2017
9 Katarina Barley-6824.jpg Katarina Barley SPD 2 June 2017 – present
10 Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe 2010.jpg Hermann Gröhe CDU 17 December 2013 – present
11 Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Unterzeichnung des Koalitionsvertrages der 18. Wahlperiode des Bundestages (Martin Rulsch) 104.jpg Alexander Dobrindt CSU 17 December 2013 – present Enak Ferlemann
12 Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Barbara Hendricks 2014-10-24.jpg Barbara Hendricks SPD 17 December 2013 – present Florian Pronold

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter

13 Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka MWK 2.jpg Johanna Wanka CDU 14 February 2013 – present
14 Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller.JPG Gerd Müller CSU 17 December 2013 – present Thomas Silberhorn
15 Federal Minister for Special Tasks
Head of the Chancellery
Peter Altmaier.jpg Peter Altmaier CDU 17 December 2013 – present
  1. ^ The table is initially sorted by the protocol order specified by the German government.[4]


  1. ^ "Bundeskanzlerin und Bundeskabinett vereidigt" [Federal Chancellor and cabinet sworn in] (in German). Deutscher Bundestag. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ de:Kabinett Merkel III
  4. ^ 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. 

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