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In most countries (I'm open to counter-examples) a president is expected to be above the fray of party politics. If picking a sitting minister is a serious possibility, then it's clearly not a consideration in Germany.

And I have no idea why the SPD or Grünen would contribute to electing a CDU partisan.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 10:38:41 AM EST
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