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was my first thought too, but for some reason he doesn't seem to be in the running.

Th stern, for example has a list:

http://www.stern.de/politik/deutschland/kandidaten-fuer-die-wulff-nachfolge-wer-soll-bundespraesiden t-werden-1788056.html

1. Gauck
2.Lammert

  1. Schäuble
  2. von der Leyen
  3. Klaus Töpfer

and so on. Of course that is just guessing too.
by IM on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 10:10:33 AM EST
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Just personally, Schäuble's my best guess; Lammert never occurred to me, but he's plausible too.

OTOH, Merkel's probably still pissed off over the Gauck nomination last time, von der Leyen still has a political future and everyone's forgotten who Klaus Töpfer was.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 10:33:47 AM EST
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Disagree about Töpfer. The idea is to have someone who is uncontroversial because they are not deep in party politics. Töpfer could probably manage that.
by Katrin on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 10:38:22 AM EST
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Actually I think Töpfer is quite plausible and he would have done it last time, if Merkel had agreed. He is the oldest of the candidates under discussion, though.
by IM on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 10:40:51 AM EST
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Better to have your appointee die in office than to have to resign due to scandal. Merkel could have a parade of octogenarians putting in final acts, if she could find ones that wouldn't embarrass.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 09:56:34 PM EST
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What about de Maizière? He was in the game a month ago.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 11:46:06 AM EST
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Still in the game.

As things develop, we will have results on sunday or so.

by IM on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 11:52:53 AM EST
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