Fourth Cabinet of Angela Merkel
Cabinet Merkel IV
23rd Cabinet of the Federal Republic of Germany
|14 March 2018 – 26 October 2021|
(until 8 December 2021 as caretaker government)
|Date formed||14 March 2018|
|Date dissolved||8 December 2021|
(3 years, 8 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
|People and organisations|
|Member parties|| Christian Democratic Union |
Social Democratic Party
Christian Social Union in Bavaria
|Status in legislature|| Grand coalition |
399 / 709 (56%)
|Opposition parties|| Alternative for Germany |
Free Democratic Party
|Opposition leaders|| Alice Weidel (AfD) &|
Alexander Gauland (AfD)
|Election(s)||2017 federal election|
|Legislature term(s)||19th Bundestag|
Revolution of 1989
Leader of the Christian Democratic Union
First Ministry and term
Second Ministry and term
Third Ministry and term
Fourth Ministry and term
The Fourth Merkel cabinet (German: Kabinett Merkel IV) was the 23rd Government of the Federal Republic of Germany during the 19th legislative session of the Bundestag. It was sworn in on 14 March 2018 following the 2017 federal election and dismissed on 26 October 2021, acting in a caretaker mode until 8 December 2021. It was preceded by the third Merkel cabinet and succeeded by the Scholz cabinet. Led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, it was the third cabinet under Merkel to be supported by a coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU), and the Social Democratic Party (SPD).
The cabinet consists of Chancellor Angela Merkel and fifteen (fourteen since 20 May 2021) federal ministers. Olaf Scholz (SPD) replaced Sigmar Gabriel as Vice Chancellor and CSU Leader Horst Seehofer became Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community. Fourteen ministers head a department (since 20 May 2021, one minister heads two departments); one member of the cabinet, the Head of the Chancellery, is Federal Minister for Special Affairs without a portfolio. The CDU has seven positions, the SPD has six and the CSU has three, as follows:
|Order||Office||Portrait||Minister||Party||Took office||Left office|
|Angela Merkel||CDU||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
|2||Vice Chancellor||Olaf Scholz||SPD||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister of Finance
Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community
|Horst Seehofer||CSU||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
|Heiko Maas||SPD||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister of Economics and Energy
|Peter Altmaier||CDU||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection
|Katarina Barley||SPD||14 March 2018||27 June 2019|
|Christine Lambrecht||SPD||27 June 2019||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
|Hubertus Heil||SPD||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister of Defence
|Ursula von der Leyen||CDU||17 December 2013||17 July 2019|
|Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer||CDU||17 July 2019||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture
|Julia Klöckner||CDU||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
|Franziska Giffey||SPD||14 March 2018||20 May 2021|
|Christine Lambrecht||SPD||20 May 2021||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister of Health
|Jens Spahn||CDU||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
|Andreas Scheuer||CSU||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
|Svenja Schulze||SPD||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister of Education and Research
|Anja Karliczek||CDU||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
|Gerd Müller||CSU||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
Federal Minister for Special Affairs &
Head of the Chancellery
|Helge Braun||CDU||14 March 2018||8 December 2021|
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