Joachim Gauck To Be Next President German Parties Choose Christian Wulff's Successor

Germany's political establishment has agreed on a successor to Christian Wulff, who resigned as president on Friday. Joachim Gauck, a respected former East German civil-rights activist, is set to be Germany's next head of state. But his nomination came only after a fierce conflict within Merkel's coalition government.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Joachim Gauck at Sunday evening's press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Joachim Gauck at Sunday evening's press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin.

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dgs -- with wire reports