First Merkel cabinet
The Cabinet Merkel I was the reigning from 22 November 2005 to October 28, 2009 German federal government in the 16th Parliament. The basis for the work of this government the coalition agreement "Together for Germany. With courage and humanity. "
Personal identification process before the start of the legislative session
Having had signed off on the exploratory talks between the CDU / CSU and SPD after the 2005 federal election that both sides of a grand coalition gave the precedence over all other options, the SPD was on Thursday, 13 October 2005 known which politicians they for it is entitled to eight ministries envisaged. The suggestion list for the position to be filled by the opposition parties seven ministries was published on Monday 17 October 2005. On the same day the coalition talks between the CDU / CSU and SPD, which were scheduled for a period of four weeks began.
On 31 October 2005 Franz Müntefering announced his resignation as party chairman of the SPD; be joining the planned Cabinet was not affected. One day later, Edmund Stoiber announced his whereabouts as Prime Minister of Bavaria, as has been modified and has not been appropriately addressed his demands to acquire competences in science and research ministry by the resignation of SPD chairman " business base ". Instead, Michael Glos was named as Minister of Economics.
On 11 November 2005, the CDU, CSU and SPD agreed on a coalition agreement, which describes the objectives and content of the red-black coalition. This was adopted at party conferences of the CDU, CSU and SPD on 14 November 2005, each with a large majority and signed on 18 November 2005 in a simple ceremony at the Paul- Loebe-Haus. After Angela Merkel was elected on the morning of November 22, 2005 in parliament with 397 votes to the Chancellor, the Minister of their federal government were sworn in on the same afternoon.
On October 27, 2006 Thomas Kossendey was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defence. In this office he was succeeded by Fried Pflüger, who joined as opposition leader in the Berlin state policy.
The former Parliamentary State Secretary Peter Paziorek gave up his post to take over the President of the Government of the District Government of Muenster.
On 13 November 2007 Franz Müntefering was surprisingly announced his resignation as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs as well as Vice-Chancellor known. Successor as Minister of Labour was on 21 November 2007 Olaf Scholz, Vice-Chancellor was Foreign Minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier.
On October 7, 2008 Federal Consumer Protection Minister Horst Seehofer was nominated for the office of Minister President of Bavaria. On 27 October 2008 he was elected to the Bavarian state parliament to the Bavarian Minister-President after he had resigned as Federal Minister. On 31 October 2008 Ilse Aigner was appointed as successor by the Federal President Seehofer.
After Michael Glos had announced his resignation as Minister of Economics on February 7, 2009, which rejected the CSU chairman Horst Seehofer and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on first. It was not until the following day Seehofer and Merkel agreed to the immediate withdrawal. On February 10, Karl -Theodor zu Guttenberg was appointed by the Federal President on the new Federal Minister of Economics and Technology and sworn in on February 12. With the meeting of the newly elected Bundestag on 27 October 2009 the Minister of Federal President Horst Köhler received over her dismissal documents, but were charged with the continuation of his official duties until a new government. This took place one day later on October 28.