Germany's Angela Merkel says much left to do for women's rights

Henrietta Brewer
March 11, 2018

Mr Gabriel, who a year ago polled as Germany's most popular politician, posted on Twitter on Thursday morning that Ms Nahles and Olaf Scholz, the SPD's acting chairman, told him he would no longer have a ministerial post.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday he would not join Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, opening the way for a new SPD figure in the high-profile post.

The law was seen as an worldwide test case but is set to be amended in response to criticism that too much content is being blocked. He introduced a law to rehabilitate and compensate thousands of gay men prosecuted and jailed under an arcane German law.

The frontrunners are Heiko Maas, 51, justice minister in the last government, and Katarina Barley, 49, family minister since 2017.

Gabriel had announced this Thursday that he would not be part of new executive, while Schulz resigned to continue presiding over SPD and to be foreign minister a few days after coalition agreement with Merkel's conservative bloc was reached in midst of Strong criticisms and internal tensions.

The party declined to comment on the reports about Maas, a Catholic from Saarland on the French border, who was one of the front runners.

The post of top diplomat is crucial as the Nazi era and World War Two recede into history and Germany gradually takes on a more assertive global role to match its economic might. Like Merkel, Giffey was born in the former East Germany.

Scholz himself and head of SPD parliamentary group, Andrea Nahles, announced list of six ministers who will enter next great coalition, of which foreign and finance are heaviest.

Nahles said Scholz, 59, a lawyer who backs closer European integration, would also be vice chancellor in the government, underpinned by a coalition deal which incorporates SPD-inspired commitments to deepening cooperation in the European Union. The other four ministries the SPD can fill are labour, justice, family and environment.

Merkel will be elected for a fourth term by Parliament on Wednesday, after which she will propose her Cabinet to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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