Germany elects pastor Joachim Gauck as president

BBC – The 72-year-old has no party affiliation, but has gained a reputation as an eloquent speaker not afraid to address controversial issues. He will replace Christian Wulff, who resigned last month in a scandal over financial favours. Chancellor Angela Merkel had supported Mr Wulff, her ally, against Mr Gauck when they ran against each other for the largely ceremonial role of president in 2010. Read article

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