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The Cabinet Merkel II is the current government of Germany since October 28, 2009, during the 17th legislature of the Bundestag. Led by the Christian Democrat Angela Merkel (the first female chancellor in German history), it is supported by a coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU), and the Free Democratic Party (FDP). It follows the Cabinet Merkel I.

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Composition

The current federal cabinet consists of the following Ministers:

Office Incumbent In office Party
Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel November 22, 2005 – present CDU
Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Guido Westerwelle October 28, 2009 – present FDP
Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Dr. Franz Josef Jung October 28, 2009 – November 27, 2009 CDU
Dr. Ursula von der Leyen November 30, 2009
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Dr. Norbert Röttgen October 28, 2009 – present CDU
Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Rainer Brüderle October 28, 2009 – present FDP
Federal Minister of Defence Dr. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg October 28, 2009 – present CSU
Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Dr. Ursula von der Leyen October 28, 2009 – November 30, 2009 CDU
Dr. Kristina Köhler November 30, 2009 – present
Federal Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Chancellery Ronald Pofalla October 28, 2009 – present CDU
Federal Minister of the Interior Dr. Thomas de Maizière October 28, 2009 – present CDU
Federal Minister of Education and Research Dr. Annette Schavan November 22, 2005 – present CDU
Federal Minister of Health Dr. Philipp Rösler October 28, 2009 – present FDP
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner October 31, 2008 – present CSU
Federal Minister of Finance Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble October 28, 2009 – present CDU
Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs Dr. Peter Ramsauer October 28, 2009 – present CSU
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel October 28, 2009 – present FDP
Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger October 28, 2009 – present FDP

Religion

At the Cabinet's inception, Protestants and Catholics were equally represented, each with 7 ministers.[1] Two ministers have not stated their religious beliefs. However, when the Cabinet was sworn in, Chancellor Merkel and all the ministers used the optional formula "so help me God"[2]. Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière is a member of the presidium of the Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag, a Protestant organisation. Minister of Education Annette Schavan is a member of the Central Committee of German Catholics. Minister of Health Philipp Rösler is also an active member of Catholic organisations.

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