The German right has presented the eight men and women who will become their ministers in the grand caolition with the left. Incoming Chancellor Angela Merkel presented her CDU/CSU team on Monday, just hours ahead of going into talks with the SPD on just how the 16-member government will work together.Of Merkel’s hand-picked eight Wolfgang Schauble will be Interior minister, Edmund Stoiber will take the economy and technology brief, and Horst Seehofer agriculture. However, talks may last a month to form a government, and it is not sure they will succeed. Bitter political rivalries will need to be supressed for the good of the nation, although the only other time such a coalition was tried, from 1966 to 1969, it was credited with slashing unemployment and reviving the economy. That is just what Germany needs, along with reforms, both constitutional and structural, which most people seem to think are necessary. One conservative German paper has already praised the SPD for choosing what it called “success-oriented administrators” for two key jobs, at the Foreign and Finance ministries, where Peer Steinbrueck’s arrival is keenly awaited. The coalition, once formed, has four years to turn Germany round, or both parties may go down together at the polls.
Merkel's ministers meet the press