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Germany's Veteran Finance Minister Schauble Tipped to Become Bundestag President

© AP Photo / Geert Vanden WijngaertGerman Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble addresses the media after a meeting of EU economy and finance ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble addresses the media after a meeting of EU economy and finance ministers at the EU Council building in Luxembourg on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. - Sputnik International
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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has reportedly been asked by Angela Merkel to become Bundestag President. Merkel's expected coalition partners have already expressed interest in Schaeuble's job at the finance ministry.

Chairman of the CDU/CSU grouping in the Bundestag, Volker Kauder, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have already asked Schaeuble to take the position and he will be formally nominated on October 17, sources told the German newspaper Bild on Wednesday.

Schaeuble is seen as the candidate with the requisite authority to fill the position, given the challenging position the main parties find themselves in following Sunday's election result.

"In view of the new situation in parliament, Wolfgang Schaeuble would in all respects be exactly the kind of parliamentary authority we now need in the Reichstag," CDU politician Armin Schuster commented.

A man looks at at a placard of Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel, the top candidates of Germany's anti-immigration party Alternative fuer Deutschland AfD for the September 24 federal election, in Marxloh, a suburb of Duisburg which local media said is populated mostly with people of Turkish migrant background, Germany September 13, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Schaeuble, 75, has been German Finance Minister since 2009, and is regarded as the most popular as well as the most experienced member of the German cabinet. He has been an MP in the German Bundestag since 1972 and also served as interior minister and his party's chairman.

The current Bundestag president is CDU politician Norbert Lammert, in accordance with the convention that the party with the most seats also appoints the president.

Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU grouping still has the most seats of any party in the 709-seat parliament, but its share of the vote (33.9%) was down 8.6% in comparison with the last elections in 2013. The Social Democratic Party (SPD), which had been in coalition with the CDU/CDU, took 20.5% of the vote, down 5.2%.

The anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany surged into third place nationally with 12.6%, followed by the Free Democratic Party (FDP), a classically liberal party, on 10.7%.

Workers remove an election campaign billboards showing Christian Democratic Union CDU party leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democratic Party SPD leader and top candidate Martin Schulz, the day after the general election (Bundestagswahl) in Berlin, Germany September 25, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Since the SPD has stated it won't form another coalition with the CDU/CSU, Merkel seems likely to attempt to form a new government from what has been dubbed a "Jamaica coalition." This represents the CDU/CSU, which is associated with the color black, the yellow FDP and the Greens.

CDU/CSU formed a coalition with the FDP from 2009-2013, when Schaueble in his position as finance minister dealt the FDP a blow by vetoing its tax cutting proposals. 

In the week prior to the election, FDP leader Christian Lindner described the position of finance minister as the only one approaching the power of the Chancellery, leading to speculation that the party would make the finance ministry a condition of any prospective coalition arrangement. 

"Only as finance minister do you have significant influence on Germany's economic development, you hold discussions in Europe about the crucial question of the euro and you are at the table for Germany's big decisions at the G20," Lindner told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

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