There was warm congragulations from Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel for Nobert Lammert after he was elected speaker of the German lower house of parliament.
Lammert was voted in by a massive majority in the first parliamentary session since last month’s general election. He replaces outgoing interior minister Otto Schily of the Social Democrats. Speaking about the creation of the country’s new governing coalition he said: “It’s not an everyday event but it’s not the re-creation of the world. Not everything will change but we hope certain things will be better.” The Christian Democrats and SPD have already named their ministers who will serve in the so-called grand coalition led by Merkel. But talks have just started on forming common policy. Ministers will not take up their posts until the talks finish.