Joachim Gauck has been sworn in as the new president of Germany.
The former pastor’s appointment means that former east Germans hold the country’s two highest offices for the first time since reunification in 1990.
Both Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel, herself the daughter of a pastor, were raised in the old German Democratic Republic.
Gauck used his swearing-in speech to tell the Bundestag “more Europe” was the answer to the current economic crisis.
The post of president is largely ceremonial and its holder is supposed to be a source of moral guidance.
Gauck is widely respected in Germany for his past as a anti-Communist activist.
He replaces Christian Wulff, who resigned over allegations of financial impropriety and suggestions that he granted political favours during his tenure as premier of Lower Saxony.