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Angela Merckle

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mumofone1234 Tue 20-Dec-16 20:12:12

Quick question. She's the chancellor, not the prime minister/president. I must admit I don't know who their head of state is. Why is it always about her?

mumofone1234 Tue 20-Dec-16 20:13:02

Showing my ignorance here.. is the chancellor their head of state?

LuckBeALadyHey Tue 20-Dec-16 20:13:09

The chancellor is the head of government in Germany.


LuckBeALadyHey Tue 20-Dec-16 20:13:31

Sorry, cross posted.

Yes you've got it!

tribpot Tue 20-Dec-16 20:16:07

It's not Chancellor like our Chancellor of the Exchequer, i.e. the finance minister. In Germany it's the equivalent of Prime Minister.

I couldn't have told you who their head of state is either, but it turns out it's Joachim Gauck. I'm sure I've never even heard his name before!

mumofone1234 Tue 20-Dec-16 20:22:07

Thank you! That makes sense now. And to luckbealadynow, if you're being a dick with your HTH then do fuck off dear. I was just asking a question

LuckBeALadyHey Tue 20-Dec-16 20:26:12

Whoa, WTF? confused

tribpot Tue 20-Dec-16 20:27:21

It just came across like a neutral 'hope that helps' to me, not sure why it seems to have caused offence!

LuckBeALadyHey Tue 20-Dec-16 20:29:18

Can't do right for doing wrong on 't internet. I was just trying to help. Hiding this thread now.

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Tue 20-Dec-16 20:30:49

HTH on here is usually meant in a snotty way so I get why the OP may have seen it like that

mumofone1234 Tue 20-Dec-16 20:31:33

Ok, sorry, I have only seen HTH used sarcastically. Apologies as you meant it genuinely. You said cross posts yes you've got it right to something I had already said in my first post. Don't want a bun fight, just wanted to know the answer to my question.

AuntieStella Tue 20-Dec-16 20:32:17

HTH might be unexceptional on other sites, but on MN it is passive aggressive to the point of insult.

New posters are sometimes caught out by MN jargon and habits, and don't always realise how badly things can seem in this this community.

mumofone1234 Tue 20-Dec-16 20:33:27

Thanks livia
No harm done. Thanks for answering my question so quickly.

ChaChaChaCh4nges Tue 20-Dec-16 20:35:04

So how did Gauck get to be head of state? Is it an elected position in Germany?

mumofone1234 Tue 20-Dec-16 20:35:11

Thank you AuntieStella
It's like being back at secondary school on here sometimes. If you don't know the rules you get crucified!

ChaChaChaCh4nges Tue 20-Dec-16 20:41:06

The president is elected by secret ballot, without debate, for a term of five years by the Federal Convention which mirrors the aggregated majority situation of the Bundestag and the parliaments of the 16 German federal states

From Wiki.

mumofone1234 Tue 20-Dec-16 21:04:17

chachacha, I expect you won't get many replies because most people are as cluless as me! Hoping for some good replies though, as would love to learn.

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Tue 20-Dec-16 22:12:54

Whatever her title is...
She may be toast by next summer...

BigChocFrenzy Tue 20-Dec-16 22:28:06

I live in Germany, so here's what I know:

Chancellor Merkel heads the government and actually runs the country. i.e like our PM does.
The president is head of state. So, even though he's elected, he's rather like the Queen, but minus any glamour or corgis.
I found before that my German colleagues couldn't even name their head of state - he's that exciting smile

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