The full list of putative CDU ministers as presented by Merkel yesterday:
- Economy: Peter Altmaier.
- Defense: Ursula von der Leyen.
- Education: Anja Karliczek; this is the real surprise since nobody had her on the radar. She's 46 and currently one of the Bundestag group's deputy whips, but like Hermann Gröhe who has dropped off the cliff in what Merkel called "a painful decision" is from NRW, overrepresenting that state now that Spahn is confirmed as health minister.
- Health: Jens Spahn, as per above.
- Agriculture: Julia Klöckner.
- Chancellor's Office: Helge Braun.
Rest of the cabinet:
- Interior and Homeland: Horst Seehofer. He is planned to hand over Bavarian state minister presidency to Markus Söder on 16 March. Putting the leadership quarrel between those two to rest should do more to calm national politics than all other measures combined. Unless Seehofer intends to keep stirring shit from Berlin as party head, which is a definite possibility.
- Transport: Andreas Scheuer, currently CSU secretary general.
- Development and Economic Cooperation: incumbent Gerd Müller.
Dorothee Bär will also take the new post of state minister for digital affairs in the Chancellor's Office.
- Finances and vice chancellor: current Hamburg Lord Mayor Olaf Scholz.
- Foreign: Heiko Maas, as noted above.
- Families, Women, Seniors and Youth: Franziska Giffey, ditto.
- Labor and Social Affairs: Hubertus Heil, former two-times SPD secretary general.
- Justice: Katarina Barley, current family and acting labor minister.
- Environment and Reactor Safety: Svenja Schulze, currently NRW state chapter secretary general and former state education minister.
As an aside, the SPD needs to increase diversity between all those Schulz, Scholz and Schulze types ...