|Fourth Merkel cabinet|
24th cabinet of Germany
|Date formed||14 March 2018|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Frank-Walter Steinmeier|
|Head of government||Angela Merkel|
|Member party|| Christian Democratic Union |
Social Democratic Party
Christian Social Union in Bavaria
|Status in legislature||Grand coalition|
|Opposition party|| Alternative for Germany |
Free Democratic Party
|Opposition leader|| Alice Weidel |
|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) is the 24th and current Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, sworn in on 14 March 2018 after Angela Merkel was proposed as Chancellor by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and elected by the Bundestag on the first ballot.
The government is supported by a coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU), and the Social Democrats (SPD),as was its immediate predecessor.
The cabinet consists of Chancellor Angela Merkel and fifteen Federal Ministers. Fourteen ministers head a department, one member of the cabinet, the Chief of Staff of the Chancellery, will be a Federal Minister for Special Affairs without a portfolio. CDU has 7 positions, SPD has 6, and CSU has 3, as follows:
|Protocol order||Office||Image||Incumbent||Party||In office||Parliamentary State Secretaries |
Particular field of responsibilities (where applicable)
Chancellor of Germany
|Angela Merkel||CDU||22 November 2005 – present|| Annette Widmann-Mauz (StMin)|
Migrants, Refugees and Integration
Monika Grütters (StMin)
Culture and Media
Hendrik Hoppenstedt (StMin)
Cooperation between federation and states
Dorothee Bär (StMin)
Vice Chancellor of Germany
Federal Minister of Finance
|Olaf Scholz||SPD||14 March 2018 – present|| Bettina Hagedorn |
Christine Lambrecht (2018–2019)
Sarah Ryglewski (since 2019)
Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community
|Horst Seehofer||CSU||14 March 2018 – present|| Günter Krings |
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
|Heiko Maas||SPD||14 March 2018 – present|| Niels Annen (StMin)|
Michelle Müntefering (StMin)
Michael Roth (StMin)
Federal Minister of Economics and Energy
|Peter Altmaier||CDU||14 March 2018 – present|| Thomas Bareiß |
East German affairs
Oliver Wittke (2018–2019)
Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker (since 2019)
Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection
|Katarina Barley||SPD||14 March 2018 – 27 June 2019|| Rita Hagl-Kehl |
|Christine Lambrecht||27 June 2019 – present|
Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
|Hubertus Heil||SPD||14 March 2018 – present|| Anette Kramme |
Federal Minister of Defence
|Ursula von der Leyen||CDU||17 December 2013 – 17 July 2019|| Thomas Silberhorn |
|Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer||17 July 2019 – present|
Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture
|Julia Klöckner||CDU||14 March 2018 – present|| Hans-Joachim Fuchtel |
Michael Stübgen (2018–2019)
Uwe Feiler (since 2019)
Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
|Franziska Giffey||SPD||14 March 2018 – present|| Caren Marks |
Federal Minister of Health
|Jens Spahn||CDU||14 March 2018 – present|| Thomas Gebhart |
Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
|Andreas Scheuer||CSU||14 March 2018 – present|| Steffen Bilger |
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
|Svenja Schulze||SPD||14 March 2018 – present|| Florian Pronold |
Federal Minister of Education and Research
|Anja Karliczek||CDU||14 March 2018 – present|| Michael Meister |
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
|Gerd Müller||CSU||17 December 2013 – present|| Norbert Barthle |
|16|| Federal Minister for Special Affairs |
Head of the Chancellery
|Helge Braun||CDU||14 March 2018 – present|
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