German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced she is to nominate Christian Wulff as the country’s new president. Wulff, 50, is the current leader of Lower Saxony, and is seen as a moderate conservative.
Merkel’s coalition has a parliamentary majority, but she could face a tough fight getting Wulff into the job in a special parliamentary assembly called for June the 30th.
The opposition SPD and Greens are going to nominate 70 year-old Joachim Gauck, who investigated the East German Stasi secret police archives after the collapse of communism.
The former president Horst Kohler stunned Germany by resigning on Monday, exasperated with press criticism after he made controversial statements justifying German military intervention abroad.