Former German Minister of Environment to lead Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

On November 24, 2021, the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens, and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) agreed to form a so-called ‘traffic light coalition'. After all coalition parties’ decision-making bodies signed off on the agreement, the dedicated Chancellor, Olaf Scholz (SPD), presented the new government’s ministerial posts, which will be filled by his party. The Greens and FDP have already announced the ministerial posts for their parties.

The Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will be led by Svenja Schulze, who served as the Minister for the Environment under Merkel from 2018 to 2021. Before that, Schulze served as the State Minister of Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia for 7 years.

Karl Lauterbach (SPD) will be Germany's new health minister; Lauterbach is a doctor by training and professor of epidemiology. He is considered one of the most important health experts in the German parliament, especially since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. His political presence, however, is controversial; the anti-vax movement and COVID-19 deniers particularly dislike him and his media presence. 

The Federal Foreign Office will be led by the Greens’ Analena Baerbock. The Ministry of Education and Research will be led by the FDP’s Bettina Stark-Watzinger.

The new federal cabinet was sworn in on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

News article – Handelsblatt (in German)

News article – Deutsche Welle