Germany’s new coalition government has met for its first parliamentary session today. It’s the country’s 17th Bundestag, and has 622 members. After coming out on top in last month’s elections, Merkel’s CDU party shares power with the pro-business Free Democrats. Leader of the FDPs, Guido Westerwelle is now Foreign Minister. It took most of the month since the election was won to agree the make-up of the new cabinet.
After officially signing the coalition agreement yesterday, they now begin the tough job of trying to revive Germany’s economy. The main plan is a proposal to give twenty-one billion Euros in tax relief next year. But critics say it will only increase the country’s deficit.